Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth extraction

Wisdom Teeth

Also known as the third molar, wisdom teeth erupt generally between the ages of 16-25. Depending on the how they erupt, removal may be required to ensure long term oral health.

Wisdom Teeth Explained

Why remove your wisdom teeth?

Post-Extraction Care

Immediately after, your mouth will be numb. Make sure you don’t bite your cheek, lip, or tongue! You can prevent this by not eating or chewing while still numb. You should regain feeling within a few hours. Don’t take out any gauze pack you may have on the extraction site for at least 30 to 45 minutes after you leave, and don’t chew on it.

Sometimes wisdom teeth grow in and have no problems. Often however, the development of wisdom teeth can present a series of complications.

The extraction of wisdom tooth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth.  They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.

The most common cause of dental emergencies related to wisdom tooth occurs when the tooth partially erupt and gets “stuck” in the gums. Patients arrive in pain, difficulty fully opening the mouth and an infection. Wisdom teeth that grow in sideways, can cause cavities on the wisdom tooth itself or on the neighbouring second molar which are important for overall function.
Often, wisdom tooth can also shift teeth and affect the overall bite. Extraction will help prevent this problem.

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