Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth are molars that erupt behind your regular molars. They are also referred to as third molars. In most people, wisdom teeth start to come through the gums between the ages of 16 to 25.
How will I know if my wisdom teeth need to be removed?
If our experienced team at Downtown Dental of Hamilton are concerned about your wisdom teeth, during your regular check-up, we will take an x-ray to examine their position.
Depending on your age and the position of the teeth and whether or not your mouth can accommodate the teeth, we may recommend waiting to observe how your wisdom teeth progress or proceeding with treatment.
What are some other reasons that my wisdom teeth may need to be removed?
Your wisdom teeth may be impacted, misaligned and poking or rubbing on your cheeks or tongue, causing irritation.
If there is not enough room for them in your mouth, the wisdom teeth can cause crowding and shifting among the rest of your teeth. They can also be very difficult to keep clean because they are so far back in your mouth and may develop decay.
What is an impacted wisdom tooth?
If a wisdom tooth is impacted, it is growing into your mouth sideways instead of straight up or down. If an impacted wisdom tooth is not removed at the ideal time, it can cause damage to the teeth next to it and potentially trigger significant pain.
What will happen during the wisdom teeth extraction procedure?
During the wisdom teeth extraction, you will be either under sedation or general anaesthesia.
As always, our highly skilled team will provide the highest level of surgical care.
What will I need to do after my wisdom teeth are removed?
During your wisdom teeth extraction appointment, our attentive team will explain how you will care for your mouth after the extraction.
By following some simple steps, you can prevent any problems following extraction.
Typical instructions include biting on gauze to keep pressure on the extraction point following surgery, regular application of ice to the area, and eating soft foods for several days.
What types of foods can I eat following the procedure?
After your procedure, you should eat only soft foods for a couple of days.
Some foods we often recommend post-extraction include ice cream, pudding, soups, applesauce, and smoothies.
As you heal, you can add solid foods back into your diet.
Are there any risks involved in extracting wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth removal is considered a very safe procedure. As with any surgical procedure, there is always a risk of complication, particularly infection. However, you can minimize any risk by carefully following the post-operative instructions. As always, our helpful team will be pleased to discuss your concerns with you at any time.