The appearance of wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, in one's late teens or early twenties, can be an uncomfortable experience. But why are these teeth often the subject of a dentist's extraction tools?
Wisdom teeth were once an essential tool for our early ancestors who subsisted on coarse diets that wore away their teeth. However, with the evolution of our diets, these teeth have become somewhat obsolete.
While some people may experience no issues, for many, the eruption of wisdom teeth can be uncomfortable, causing a variety of dental complications. Problems arise when these late bloomers grow sideways (impacted wisdom teeth), overcrowded, or partially emerged, leading to discomfort, infection, or potential damage to neighbouring teeth.
Wisdom tooth removal is a surgical procedure performed by a dentist or an oral surgeon to alleviate pain or prevent future dental complications. The molars are removed via extraction.
During wisdom teeth removal surgery, your dentist will first numb the area around the tooth with local anesthesia or provide you with options for sedation. The dentist will then make an incision in your gum, remove the tooth and stitch up the wound.
Not everyone needs their wisdom teeth removed, but when issues arise, extraction can provide much-needed relief and protection from teeth damage, overcrowding, and growth of injections, and cysts.
In many instances, there simply isn't enough room in the mouth for these late bloomers. This can lead to overcrowding, causing other teeth to shift and potentially leading to alignment problems.
Partially erupted wisdom teeth can create an opening in the gum where bacteria can thrive, leading to painful infections.
An impacted wisdom tooth can push against the second molar, potentially causing damage and increasing the risk of infection.
Occasionally, cysts or tumours may develop around impacted wisdom teeth, which can cause damage to the jawbone or nerves and require further more extensive treatments.
From your first consultation to the actual procedure, here's what you can anticipate.
At Sage Dental, your initial consultation will involve a thorough oral examination and X-rays to gauge the state of your wisdom teeth. We will discuss your anesthesia options and draft a tailored treatment plan and set a treatment date.
On the day of your procedure, expect a safe and comfortable experience. Our trained professionals will guide you through the process, ensuring that you feel at ease. You will get local anesthesia around the tooth, and optionally in some cases, you may be Sedated.
The cost of wisdom tooth extraction varies widely, depending on several factors.
Every Dentist will charge a slightly different cost for Wisdom Tooth Extractions. Some of the factors that determine the wisdom tooth extraction cost include the complexity of the case, the type of anesthesia used, and geographical location where you live, how many wisdom teeth are being removed at once.
While many dental insurance plans do cover wisdom teeth removal, the extent of coverage varies. We advise patients to check with their insurance providers for details. If you are unsure, you can contact our office and we will help you to understand your coverage.
While wisdom tooth removal is generally a safe procedure, as with any surgery, there are risks involved. These can include dry socket, infection, damage to other teeth, and numbness. At Sage Dental, we take every precaution to minimize these risks.
Proper aftercare is crucial for a successful recovery and can help avoid complications.
Pain can typically be managed with over-the-counter painkillers, or we can prescribe something stronger (Tylenol 3 with Codeine) if necessary.
Stick to a soft food diet for the first few days, gradually reintroducing harder foods as your mouth heals.
Keeping your mouth clean is essential, but be gentle – don't brush or floss around the surgical site for the first 24 hours.
After your procedure, you must not smoke or vape. The suction from inhaling can cause Dry Socket, which is a painful experience that will make sure healing time much longer and your overall pain level much more increased.
Sage Dental is committed to your oral health and comfort. Whether you're experiencing pain from an impacted wisdom tooth, looking for wisdom tooth extraction in Langley, or simply need a routine check-up, we're here for you. Our experienced team will provide the best possible care, from the initial consultation right through to recovery.
Reach out to us today and start your journey to better dental health.