Removing Wisdom Teeth at Cornerstone Dental
Wisdom tooth extraction involves surgery to remove your wisdom teeth. At Cornerstone Dental Centre, our dentists perform wisdom tooth extractions for Fort Saskatchewan, AB patients. Many patients require wisdom teeth removal for preventative or cosmetic reasons. Wisdom teeth are the final set of teeth to develop and have an increased chance of pushing the teeth around in your mouth. They often erupt sideways or become impacted in the jaw, causing infection, pain, and overcrowding. Request a visit with us in Fort Saskatchewan, AB, to discuss wisdom teeth extraction.
Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?
We extract wisdom teeth for many reasons, as they cause various oral health problems. Many of our patients need a wisdom tooth extraction to help prevent:
- Overcrowding – There is not adequate space to accommodate wisdom teeth in the mouth of many patients.
- Shifting Teeth – The unique angles of wisdom teeth eruptions often force teeth out of alignment.
- Infection – Impacted wisdom teeth cause mouth infections due to bacteria getting stuck around them.
- Root Damage – Impacted wisdom teeth can damage the surrounding teeth’s roots.
When to Get Wisdom Teeth Removed
Some patients don’t have any problems with their wisdom teeth, while others are in extreme pain. The first signs you may need to get your wisdom teeth extracted are swollen gums. Other times it’s best to get wisdom teeth removed include the following:
- Irritation and swelling around the gums
- Repeated oral infections
- Pain in your jaw, mouth, or gums
- Impacted teeth that cause shifting
- Loss of bone structure
The Benefits of Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Removing wisdom teeth is often the most beneficial thing for your oral health. The most significant benefits of wisdom tooth extractions include the following:
- Eases discomfort and pain caused by abscessed teeth or infections
- Helps relieve overcrowding of teeth
- Makes teeth easier to clean
- Protects surrounding teeth from infections
What to Expect During Wisdom Teeth Removal
We start the wisdom tooth extraction by applying local anesthesia and providing nitrous oxide if necessary. Our dental team typically removes all impacted wisdom teeth at one time. We will open the gum tissue over the tooth and gently remove it in pieces or whole. We take the time to remove any bits of bone that cover it. After we remove the tooth, we will clean and sanitize the area before stitching and closing the incision site.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction Cost
Wisdom tooth extraction costs vary depending on a few factors. We consider the number of wisdom teeth extracted, the need for additional sedatives, and the complexity of tooth removal. Before the procedure, we will consult with you about your wisdom tooth extraction cost.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery
After wisdom tooth extraction, taking care of your mouth is critical. The site of the wisdom tooth extraction should form a blood clot. If this blood clot gets clogged or removed, you will often experience a painful dry socket. Maintaining positive oral hygiene and avoiding brushing around the site for a few days is essential. Other ways to ensure a positive wisdom tooth recovery time include:
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water every few hours a few days after surgery.
- Use an ice pack to control swelling.
- Eat soft foods.
- Drink plenty of fluids for hydration.
- Do not smoke for a few days.
Frequently Asked Wisdom Tooth Extraction Questions
What is the best age to have wisdom teeth removed?
There is no magic age to have your wisdom teeth removed. Most people get their wisdom teeth extracted between the ages of 16 and 22. We choose to extract them when your mouth is fully developed, and they pose health or cosmetic risks.
Does everyone have wisdom teeth?
No, some people never develop wisdom teeth.
How long does wisdom tooth extraction take?
Extracting wisdom teeth takes about ten to 20 minutes to remove a complete set of wisdom teeth.
Why are wisdom teeth difficult to remove?
Wisdom teeth are challenging to remove because there is less access to the back of the mouth, and impacted wisdom teeth require an incision in the gums to access them. Lower wisdom teeth often require some bone removal around the teeth to allow space for them to be removed. We also need to cut the tooth into pieces at times for safe removal.
Contact Cornerstone Dental Centre Today
Our Cornerstone Dental Centre team will determine if you’re the perfect candidate for wisdom teeth extraction. We utilize innovative techniques to make extracting wisdom teeth as comfortable as possible. We understand it’s a scary procedure for many patients, so we are here with you each step of the way to better understand wisdom teeth extraction. Call us immediately for dental emergencies. Contact us today to request an appointment.