Wisdom Teeth- Is it Time?
Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Visible and partially visible wisdom teeth are susceptible to bacteria that can cause wisdom tooth infection. Cysts and tumors can grow on a trapped wisdom tooth, causing irritation and some pain as well as diseases of the gums. Another problem we often see at Chinook Mall Family Dental Clinic, occurs when the second molar, the last tooth before the wisdom tooth, is damaged as the wisdom tooth grows in without enough room.
The most frequent clinical problem we see is pericoronitis, (a localized gum infection). Without enough room for total eruption, the gum tissue around the wisdom tooth can become irritated and infected, resulting in recurrent pain, swelling, and problems with chewing and/or swallowing.
Wisdom teeth can also cause damage to the teeth in front through pressure, resorption and decay. Where there is not enough room for the wisdom teeth to erupt properly, they may grow sideways (impacted) and may even cause crowding of your other teeth.
If a wisdom tooth is not extracted, a sac of fluid called a “cyst” can form around the tooth and may displace the tooth. The cyst can destroy bone and damage other teeth and the gums. Cyst formation around unerupted teeth is a fairly common condition.
An impacted wisdom tooth may continue pushing against the molar next to it. This can cause a “resorption cavity” where the wisdom tooth hits the other molar. This often leads to serious damage to both teeth. The molars may become infected or develop abscesses. Removal of both molars is often required. Resorption cavities are uncommon.
At Chinook Mall Family Dental Clinic we make sure our patients are comfortable and educated on their procedure. If you need your wisdom teeth removed, we can offer three solutions.
- Most patients receive a local anaesthetic, numbing the area which requires treatment, so you don’t feel anything during the procedure while remaining awake.
- Treatment under sedation can also be provided and is preferred by patients who don’t want to be awake for the procedure. This is provided by our sedationist under controlled conditions for complete safety.
- More complicated dental circumstances may require attention from an oral surgeon, and our dentists can arrange a referral.
The Extraction Process
During the wisdom tooth extraction, we’ll start by making an incision into the gum tissue. This allows us to remove any bone blocking access to tooth’s root. If it’s easier to remove the tooth in pieces, we’ll break it up and then remove it. We then clean the site of the removed tooth to get rid of any remaining bone fragments and apply stitches if necessary.
After the Procedure
After the wisdom tooth removal, plan on taking it easy for a few days. Don’t drink coffee, alcohol, soda, or hot beverages for the first few days. Applying an ice pack will help with customary swelling in the first few days. Dr. Charchuk and his Chinook Mall Dental Team will help provide you with more detailed instructions following the surgery.
Some people have wisdom teeth that come in without difficulty, some have wisdom teeth that never erupt the surface, and then other have wisdom teeth that cause them discomfort, crowding or even pain! Chinook Mall Family Dental clinic is seasoned in the oral needs of all our patients including those that require attention to their wisdom teeth.