Wisdom teeth are the molars at the very back of the mouth that usually erupt between the ages of 17 to 25. Some people will have their wisdom teeth emerge without any complications. But often times, due to lack of room in the jaw, or angle of the entry, these large teeth get impacted and can not erupt properly.
When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it likely needs to be removed. If it is not removed you may develop decay, swelling of soft tissues or severe pain.
If your dentist recommends removal of your wisdom teeth, it is best to have them removed as soon as you are able to schedule an appointment. The earlier you have them removed, the more likely the extraction will be easier and with a shorter recovery time.
With wisdom tooth removal, you will be offered sedation medication. The type of sedation offered depends on the complexity of the extractions. If it is a straight forward surgery, you may opt for local anesthesia (freezing only). If you are experiencing mild anxiety about the procedure, nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) is available at our office. The dentist will then numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic, open up the gum tissue over the tooth and take out any bone that is covering the tooth. The dental team will separate the tissue that connects the tooth to the bone and then finally remove the tooth. Occasionally the tooth will need to be taken out in several pieces.
Healing time after wisdom tooth removal varies depending on the degree of difficulty related to the extraction. Some people will only require one tooth extracted where others will need all four removed. We will let you know what to expect and will provide instructions for a comfortable and efficient healing process.
For more information about wisdom teeth and possible extraction contact us at our office in London at (519) 672-8770.
As a family-run, second-generation dental practice, we pride ourselves on treating our patients the way we want our own family to be treated. We provide practical, honest advice you can trust and are always willing to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your oral health.
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