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Wisdom Teeth Removal Stoney Creek

Your wisdom teeth are the last molars on each side of the lower and upper jaws and are usually the last set to grow in the mouth. Most people don’t feel them coming in until they’re in their late teens or early twenties. These molars can erupt through the gum line without causing problems. However most people cannot keep their wisdom teeth and will need to have them removed for various reasons. Our team at Gateshead Dental in Stoney creek is here to help you.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the four molars in the farthest corners of your mouth that tend to emerge in your early adult years. If your mouth has enough space, the teeth can stay. If they crowd your adjacent teeth, you will need to have your wisdom teeth removed.

Most people cannot need to have their wisdom teeth extracted before they erupt fully. Not only does it help prevent crowding other teeth, but it can also decrease the risk of developing gum disease or an infection in your sinus cavity.

Wisdom Teeth Removal In Stoney Creek

After taking x-rays, the dental team will determine if you need extraction. If the dentist recommends extraction, you will need to come back to the office at a later date for extraction.

Generally, the process involves numbing the extraction site with a local anesthetic and pulling the tooth. If the teeth are only partially grown in or haven’t grown in, surgery is required to cut open the gums and remove the tooth. At that point, the dentist will place stitches. Cotton gauze is placed over the site to help stop the bleeding after the procedure. Patients will be given oral or laughing gas sedation to ensure they are as comfortable as possible during the tooth extraction.

Signs You May Need Wisdom Teeth Removal

Every year, approximately 5 million people have their wisdom teeth extracted. Most commonly, people have these teeth removed during their late teens and early 20s.

There are various reasons why someone might need a wisdom tooth extraction. The following symptoms are a sign that we need to remove wisdom teeth:

Lack of space in the mouth or jawbone to accommodate the teeth.

Misalignment (the teeth will grow sideways, sometimes poking into the cheeks or causing constant biting into the cheeks).
Impacted wisdom teeth. Impacted teeth are wisdom teeth that grow into the surrounding teeth, causing painful pressure and shifting of the bone.
Gum flaps that form over the teeth, which have only partly broken through the gums. This can trap food and bacteria between the gum and tooth.

Painful inflammation, swelling or tooth decay from an inability to brush or floss the teeth properly.

The Healing Process

The recovery time varies, but most patients find it takes approximately 10 days to heal after the procedure. To avoid disrupting the process, patients should not consume hot drinks or soups, hard foods, or drink through straws during these few weeks.

The aforementioned foods and activities can create a high risk of dislodging the blood clot that has formed in the socket where the tooth used to be. The loss of this blood clot is known as dry socket.

To relieve pain and swelling during the healing process, patients can ice each side of the face for 10 minutes at a time, in addition to taking pain medications. Reach out to a dentist at our Stoney Creek office to discuss any concerns.

Contact Our Stoney Creek Dental Office

Do you think you need wisdom tooth removal surgery? Please schedule an appointment today by calling our dental office in Stoney Creek! Our family dentists can help determine if you need a tooth extraction.
At Gateshead Dental, our family dentistry team is committed to helping you get a bright, white smile. Our dentists offer a wide range of dental services to help better your oral health and meet your dental needs. Get in touch with our office staff today to l book an appointment. New patients are always welcome.