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.
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, removing misaligned wisdom 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
Removing wisdom teeth 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.
During removal, wisdom teeth are extracted just like other teeth, especially if removal through the gums is easygoing. In some cases, a small incision is required to remove the 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.
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)