Wisdom teeth can be troublesome after they grow in, which occurs during teenage years or early twenties. Wisdom teeth comprise the final set of molars to grow in. As a result, it should be no surprise that wisdom teeth cause more issues than any other teeth in the mouth.
Wisdom teeth have a tendency to grow in misaligned or impacted by only breaking through the gums. For these reasons, your dentist may recommend removing your wisdom teeth to prevent infections or damage to surrounding teeth from occurring.
Wisdom teeth may not need removal if they are:
- Grown in completely
- Properly aligned and biting correctly with opposite teeth
- Able to be properly cleaned on a daily basis
Visit Dentistry on Dufferin so we can assess your wisdom teeth and provide you with the best possible advice to keep your teeth looking and functioning at their best.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth extractions may occur if you experience problems such as:
- Recurring infection
- Gum disease (periodontal disease)
- Damage to other teeth
Wisdom tooth extractions are a common procedure. During wisdom tooth extraction, your dentist or oral surgeon:
- Makes an incision in the gum and creates flaps to expose the tooth and bone
- Removes any bone that blocks access to the tooth
- Divides the tooth into sections, as it may be necessary to remove the tooth in fragments
- Removes the tooth, and cleans the area of the removed tooth from any left over particles from the tooth or bone
- Stitches the wound closed to promote healing, but this is not always necessary
- Places gauze over the extraction site to control bleeding and to help form a blood clot
Call Dentistry on Dufferin for an urgent appointment if you experience any of these symptoms. The staff and medical team at Dentistry on Dufferin will ensure your comfort before and during the procedure. After the procedure, we will give you instructions for post-op care, and will be available for you if you have any questions or concerns during your recovery.