Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars in our mouth. For most, this set of teeth emerge during the late-teens or early-twenties. And in many cases, they grow in naturally, without any problem. Sometimes, however, wisdom teeth can present complications as they grow into place. There could be some disruption of gum tissue around the teeth, or there could be some misalignment of the teeth as they try to fit in. This may result in crowding, and may even lead to “impacted” teeth for which wisdom teeth removal is recommended by the dentists in Vaughan.
With the potential for damaging adjacent teeth, jawbone, or nerves, early detection is the key to better managing the emergence of wisdom teeth. At the Mackenzie Dental Centre, comprehensive dental X-Rays accurately forecast future problems, and allow for corrective measures to be taken. Indeed, wisdom teeth removal for misaligned teeth (or “impacted” teeth) can do wonders. This is exactly where regular clinic visits can set the stage for close monitoring of the teeth, mouth, and jaw.
Problems associated with wisdom teeth are usually quite noticeable. And whether the symptoms are already present or progressively evident, a visit to the dentist is highly recommended.
- Pain or discomfort in the back of the mouth
- Irritation from a tooth that is growing in
- A tooth that is rubbing against the cheek
- Swelling in the gum tissue around a tooth
- Uncomfortable crowding of adjacent teeth
Wisdom teeth removal in our Vaughan Woodbridge dental clinic, has become a common and routine procedure over the years. This is particularly relevant because of potential complications when the teeth are overcrowded. Here again, a sound diagnosis will clarify the extent of work to be done. Prior to extraction, the wisdom tooth and gum tissue are anesthetized. At the Mackenzie Dental Centre, this can be complimented with other options - nitrous oxide (laughing gas); an oral sedative; or an intravenous sedative.
When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?
One of the most common questions we get asked at Mackenzie Dental Centre is: When should you book a wisdom teeth removal appointment in Vaughan? While this question may seem straightforward, there are several factors to take into account before making a decision.
A good rule of thumb is that if you can see a wisdom tooth under your gum line, it’s time to get your teeth at least checked out by a dentist in Vaughan. If the tooth is impacted and not visible from the outside, it indicates it is ready for removal. Adults experiencing chewing problems with their wisdom teeth probably need to get them removed. On average, wisdom teeth removal patients are usually between the ages of 17-25 and have healthy gums, jaws, and teeth.
Speak to our dentists in Vaughan about when you should start to consider booking a wisdom teeth removal procedure with us at Mackenzie Dental Centre.
Wisdom Teeth Removal: What To Expect
During wisdom teeth removal, the impacted teeth is extracted just like other teeth, especially if removal through the gums is easygoing. In some cases, a small incision is required to remove the wisdom tooth. After the extraction, patients are monitored in the recovery room, and depending on the sedative used, the recovery time will vary. In some situations, patients may require a drive home from the clinic. As for healing, the Mackenzie team will provide specific care instructions for the following days.
Recovering From Wisdom Teeth Removal
For the first day or two after the procedure, there may be some “recovery” symptoms, all of them to be expected. Between the first week and second week, things should be getting back to normal. For patients who have questions or concerns, the Mackenzie team is available for consultation servicing Vaughan, Maple and Woodbridge.
- Bleeding occurs naturally after a tooth extraction - gauze will help with this
- Rinsing or spitting should be avoided in the 24 hours following extraction
- Facial swelling around the extraction area is usual - an icepack will help
- For pain, retail medications may be used, but its best to ask the dentist
- Foods should be chewed well away from the area of the tooth extraction
- Hot liquids/alcohol should be avoided for 24 hours following extraction
- Tooth brushing can continue - excluding the areas near to the extraction
- Mouth wash should not be used at all (it can irritate the extraction site)
Why Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within your mouth, usually around the age of 18. Removing them is often necessary because they can become impacted and cause damage to other teeth. However, treatment is not always needed. Wisdom teeth only need to be removed if they are causing you pain or are placing other teeth at risk. If you have a full mouth of healthy teeth and no existing dental problems, you may not need to have your wisdom teeth removed. As with any dental procedure, the decision is ultimately your own and will depend on your unique needs and situation.
- You could end up with excessive pressure on the surrounding teeth
- There may be a need to remove the tooth due to damage or disease
- Wisdom teeth may be impacted and never fully emerge
- Could develop an infection in the gum tissues or the jawbone around your wisdom teeth.
Removal of wisdom teeth is necessary because they often don’t fully develop and remain trapped underneath the gums. They can cause severe problems if they continue to grow inwards or sideways, resulting in infection and/or malocclusions. Wisdom teeth removal surgery is done in a single day, under general anesthesia and with mild sedation.
Our dentists in Vaughan will be able to help you determine if you're a candidate for wisdom teeth removal. Our goal with wisdom teeth removal is to ensure that our patients can keep their healthy gums and good jaw alignment for life.
Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
You might be a good candidate for wisdom teeth extraction if:
- Your wisdom teeth are impacted or don't have enough room to come in
- Your wisdom teeth cause problems such as decay, inflammation, decay or gum disease
- You have a jaw disorder that makes your wisdom teeth painful to keep in
- Any swelling or redness in the gums around the wisdom teeth
- Problems chewing or opening wide (which can lead to pain)
- Recurring gum infections or cavities
- Pain when chewing hot or cold foods
- Tooth decay under existing wisdom teeth (from an "impacted" wisdom teeth).
- Total tooth loss in any existing wisdom teeth
Because there are factors you can't control (such as health problems), we recommend talking to your dentist in Vaughan about wisdom teeth before you decide whether or not to have them removed. The dentists at Mackenzie Dental can help you figure out if you’re a good candidate for wisdom teeth removal treatment and assist you in making an informed decision about your oral health.
Schedule Your Wisdom Teeth Removal In Vaughan
Mackenzie Dental Centre is a family dental clinic that performs a wide variety of dental services from cosmetic dentistry, to general and restorative dentistry. We pride ourselves on giving you a healthy and beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. Our philosophy as a family dental practice focuses on going above and beyond your expectations whether it's through helping you choose the best dental care options, or providing a comfortable treatment experience focused on respect and communication.
Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure for the dentists at Mackenzie Dental Centre. Call or contact Mackenzie Dental Centre in Vaughan to learn more about wisdom teeth removal treatment in our Woodbridge dental office.