The wisdom teeth are the last molars to emerge on each upper and lower arch side. Most people don’t feel them coming in until they are in their late teens or early twenties. Typically, these molars can erupt through the gum line without causing problems. However, for some, the eruption of wisdom teeth can come with complications. At Kennedy Heights Dental Centre, we offer wisdom teeth removal to avoid any potential complications that can arise when your molar teeth erupt.
An impacted wisdom tooth is trapped underneath the gums. It is uncommon for an impacted tooth to ever erupt on its own, which is why surgical intervention is necessary. Hence it is practical to have them removed before they can cause further damage to the neighboring teeth and nerves.
Generally, there is not much room in the mouth for wisdom teeth, causing them to grow sideways or never fully emerge. This is known as impaction and can cause several problems, such as infections, cysts and damage to other teeth. If not treated promptly, wisdom teeth can lead to expensive surgical or orthodontic treatments that patients can rather avoid.
After you consult with our dentist, we will take 3D scans of your mouth and discuss your options for anesthesia. In case of extreme anxiety, we offer sedation options to make you comfortable throughout the wisdom tooth removal.
We will begin the surgery by making incisions in the gum tissue to expose the teeth, and then remove them using dental tools. Impacted wisdom teeth may need to be broken down into tiny pieces for easier removal. The incision site will be closed with dissolvable stitches to promote speedy healing. Then you will rest until the anesthesia wears off.
You should remain on a soft diet for at least three days following the wisdom teeth removal surgery. A regular diet can be gradually introduced after this period. Avoid smoking or using a straw, as this could disturb the blood clot and result in a dry socket.
To learn more about our wisdom tooth extractions, visit our office, Kennedy Heights Dental Centre, at 11960 88 Ave, Delta, BC V4C 3C8, Canada. You can also reach us at 778.655.4125 and schedule an appointment.