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Wisdom Teeth Removal in Guelph

Have your wisdom teeth started to cause you grief? This is only natural for people between the ages of 17 and their early twenties. Having them removed as soon as possible is one of the best ways to ensure they don’t cause further grief or complications.

Wisdom teeth are the four extra molars that appear at the back of your mouth – two at the top and two at the bottom. But naturally, our mouths only fit 28 teeth, not 32. So, once wisdom teeth start growing, they can cause a lot of problems for people who don’t have room for them. Wisdom tooth extraction is necessary in order to maintain your oral health and, while some people may have room for them at first, they can cause a lot of issues later on in life too.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are our third and final set of molars that appear in young adulthood. While their history is quite fascinating, we actually don’t require their use anymore. Our ancestors used to use them to help grind down the tougher foods they ate, like nuts, meats and tissue. But, over the years, as gaining access to softer foods became much easier, our need for our wisdom teeth vanished and our jaws became much smaller, however, this didn’t mean that our wisdom teeth would stop growing.

While some patients have room for them to properly grow in, this isn’t the case for most patients and they need to undergo wisdom tooth extraction surgery. Not every patient will have all four wisdom teeth either and will only require one or two to be removed. When it comes time to undergo your wisdom teeth extraction, no matter how many you have, it’s best to have them all taken care of at once. Plus, it saves you from having to go through the healing process a couple of times.

What Are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

When you have impacted wisdom teeth, this means you don’t have enough room for them to emerge properly or even pop through the gums at all. This can cause a lot of discomfort and, when not dealt with in a timely manner, cause teeth to shift. This can also lead to infections and gum disease, so it’s best to have them removed before they have a chance to cause this many issues. If you’re experiencing the following symptoms, it could mean you have an impacted wisdom tooth:

  • Red gums
  • Swollen and tender gums 
  • Swollen jaw
  • Trouble opening your mouth
  • Bad taste in your mouth and bad breath
  • Jaw pain
  • Ear pain

If you’re a patient in Guelph, or are looking to become a new patient, and are experiencing symptoms like this, you should call us to inquire about wisdom teeth removal right away. If you’re a new patient, you’ll have to fill out a New Patient Form first, otherwise, we’ll get you in as soon as possible to see our dentist about having your wisdom teeth removed in a timely manner.

Wisdom Teeth Consultation

At Bisson Dentistry here in Guelph, Ontario, we offer general tooth extraction and wisdom tooth removal services in order to help our patients improve their oral health. This is accomplished by staying up to date with your x-rays to determine how your wisdom teeth are growing in and when the best time to perform wisdom tooth removal surgery would be.

It’s crucial to stay up to date with your x-rays if you have impacted wisdom teeth, or before they have a chance to start pushing against your other molars and cause overcrowding issues or nerve damage. Before your scheduled wisdom teeth extraction appointment, you’ll be instructed not to eat at least 12 hours before your surgery as you’ll be put to sleep with general anesthesia so you won’t feel any pain.

We’ll also provide you with instructions to follow after the tooth removal procedure is complete so you can heal quickly and efficiently and get back to your normal routine in no time.

Our Wisdom Teeth Removal Process

Once you’re in for your appointment, we’ll ensure you’re as comfortable as possible before, during and after the tooth extraction procedure, but you can rest assured knowing you won’t feel a single thing during the extraction process. Our skilled dentist and oral surgeon will make a slit in your gums to expose the tooth and bone and remove the tooth.
 
Sometimes we’ll have to divide the tooth to remove it in pieces. Once the wisdom tooth is out, we’ll stitch up the site, and that’s it! They’ll dissolve over time so you won’t need to return to have them removed. Since you’ll be rather groggy after waking up, you’ll need to be accompanied by a friend or family member to get home.
 
Remember not to lay down flat when you get home. Stay propped up and keep biting down gently on the gauze on your surgical sites. Replace them regularly. Gently rinse your mouth with warm water and salt to keep it clean and only stick to soft foods for the next couple of days. You should start to feel back to normal within a week if you follow our aftercare instructions thoroughly.

 

Absolutely avoid drinking from straws or smoking as the sucking motions can remove the blood clot over your surgical sites. If this is dislodged, you can experience dry socket – a very painful condition that exposes the bone and can cause serious infection. 

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Here at our comfortable, spa-like dental office, we perform general tooth extraction and wisdom teeth removal procedures while ensuring you’re as comfortable as possible and understand every aspect of the procedure you’re about to have.

Patient education is just as important to us as exceptional dental health. If you live in Guelph and have a broken, infected or crooked tooth, or are starting to notice your wisdom teeth causing discomfort, call us today to reserve an appointment that’s most convenient for you.

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