Wisdom Teeth Extractions Near You
Unlike simple tooth extractions, when the time comes for your wisdom teeth to be removed, you’ll need to undergo oral surgery. This is because, in many cases, wisdom teeth only partially erupt above your gums or not at all. Therefore, more invasive, complex means are needed to extract it without causing damage to the rest of your smile.
That doesn’t mean, however, that this process is painful! It may sound like a scary thing, but you’ll be in good, capable hands and it’ll be over in no time at all. To learn more about wisdom teeth extractions in Edmonton, reach out to our staff here at Lumos Dental Centre. We’ll be happy to answer all your questions.
Reasons for Extraction
Your wisdom teeth are also called your third molars. As you’re most likely aware, they come in at the very back of your mouth, which makes them difficult to brush and floss properly.
Of course, not everyone needs to have these teeth removed because they fit snuggly in their mouths. Some may not have any wisdom teeth at all.
But needing to have them removed is extremely common. Wisdom teeth tend to emerge when is a person is 17-25 years of age. Your dentist will examine your mouth during your routine check-in and cleaning and be able to tell you why you should undergo the subsequent procedure.
Reasons for wisdom teeth extractions in Edmonton can include:
- Your teeth have erupted at an odd angle.
- They’re impacting your jaw or your neighboring teeth.
- Gum disease.
- Persistent pain.
- A tumor has developed (cancerous and noncancerous).
- Abscess (pus-filled sac) or cysts (sac filled with fluid and other cells) have formed.
- Extensive decay.
Before the surgery is officially performed, your dentist will explain each step of the treatment to you, so you know what to expect. Don’t hesitate to ask questions either.
A dentist or an oral surgeon will perform the extraction. To start, they will provide you with anesthesia, so you don’t feel any pain. Depending on your preferences and needs, you may be kept awake be put to sleep.
A small cut is made into the gum tissue that surrounds your tooth. Any debris such as bits of bones that can interfere with the process is removed. When your tooth is accessible, it is taken out with forceps; if your tooth is severely fractured, your dentist will extract one piece at a time. When the socket is empty, it’s then cleaned and stitched closed to protect it from infection. Finally, a tiny square of gauze is placed over the surgical site to staunch the minimal bleeding which will most likely occur.
Take it easy for the next couple of days and allow your mouth to heal. Take Tylenol or Advil to manage any soreness or swelling, don’t smoke, and don’t brush your teeth or spit for the next 24 hours. If you have any problems, let your dentist know right away.
Visit Lumos Dental
At our dental office, we provide effective wisdom tooth extractions near you. To get started with this process and obtain a smile that’s functional and pain-free, call, email, or drop by our location today.