Mississauga, ON dentist describes the importance of removing impacted wisdom teeth
Due to evolution, wisdom teeth, or the “third molars” have been determined to be unnecessary. When the teeth become problematic for patients in the Mississauga, ON area, a dentist may suggest the removal of wisdom teeth. Sometimes they can be left alone, but if they become painful and problematic, they may be impacted and require extraction. Removing wisdom teeth may be of great importance for many patients in their early adult years.
Why are wisdom teeth commonly problematic?
The wisdom teeth are typically an issue for a patient for a variety of reasons. Because they are the last teeth to erupt, they often become impacted due to little space to grow. This can cause them to turn and push against other teeth, resulting in pain. Other times, they may cause overcrowding. For patients who have had orthodontic work in the past, these teeth can disrupt the current alignment if they come through the gum line. Due to their positions so far in the back of the mouth, they are often difficult to clean and can result in the formation of cavities or periodontal disease.
In short, impacted wisdom teeth can cause:
- Misalignment of other teeth
- Damage to other teeth
- Tooth decay (cavities)
- Periodontal disease
- Swollen, tender gums
Instead of dealing with these potential problems, patients can work with their dentist to have the teeth extracted.
How does a dentist evaluate a patient for wisdom tooth removal?
In most situations, a patient will arrive at Dr. Jameela Jifri’s practice with concerns of pain and discomfort. A diagnosis is performed with x-rays to allow our dentist to see the exact positions of the wisdom teeth. When impacted, oral surgery will be scheduled to remove the teeth successfully. The x-rays are used to plan the best strategy for their removal. Patients receive instructions regarding their operation and necessary preparations beforehand.
What patients should expect during their wisdom tooth surgery
Before the appointment, patients will consult with the team at Huron Dental Centre to discuss the surgery. This outpatient procedure is performed with local anesthetic. The anesthetic ensures patients do not experience any pain and discomfort during the extraction.
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When patients are comfortable in the dental chair and ready for the procedure, an incision is made in the gum tissues. This allows the dentist to access the impacted wisdom teeth. The teeth may be broken up into smaller pieces for easier removal. Once the wisdom teeth have been removed, the dentist will suture the soft tissues and complete the surgery.
What happens after oral surgery?
After the procedure, patients return home. We provide aftercare instructions to patients for their arrival home, including information regarding what they can and cannot eat for a few days. Soft foods are the best option and may be needed for up to a week following surgery. Patients should also use ice packs to keep swelling down. By following the aftercare instructions, patients can reduce the chances of infection or improper healing. Patients are scheduled for a follow-up appointment with Dr. Jameela Jifri to check the recovery process and ensure surgery was successful.
What about non-impacted wisdom teeth?
The removal of wisdom teeth that have already come through the gum line that require removal is done in a less invasive manner, as the dentist can easily access the tooth and remove it within minutes in the dentist’s chair. Healing time is typically shorter for standard, simple extractions.
Are you interested in learning more about the removal of wisdom teeth?
Contact Dr. Jameela Jifri and her associates at Huron Dental Centre in Mississauga, ON to discuss the benefits of removing wisdom teeth that are either impacted, infected, or problematic. We welcome new patients and families to call our office at 855 393-0900 to make an appointment with our team, located in Suite 208 at 3085 Hurontario Street. Take charge of your smile’s health and wellness, and work with a group of professionals who have dedicated their days to ensuring your smile lasts a lifetime!
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