Wisdom Tooth Extractions in Aurora, ON
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third and last set of molars on each side of the jaws that most people get between 14 and 20. Since wisdom teeth are the last permanent teeth to erupt, there may not be enough room left in your mouth to accommodate them. This can lead to wisdom teeth that are trapped beneath the gum tissue by other teeth or bone and it prevents the from reaching their normal position.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
When wisdom teeth only partially emerge or come in crooked, they maybe positioned horizontally, be angled toward or away from the second molars, or be angled inward or outward. Poor alignment often results in crowding, damage to adjacent teeth, the jawbone, or nerves, and swelling, tenderness or gum disease. In these cases, the misaligned teeth require removal. Removal is easier usually before age 20 when the wisdom teeth roots are not yet fully developed and the bone is less dense.
How Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth removal depends on their position and stage of development, our office will be able to give you an idea of what to expect during your pre-extraction exam. In general, tooth extraction is a relatively routine procedure.
Depending on the extent of work needed, before removing a wisdom tooth, you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. A general anesthetic may be used, especially if several or all of your wisdom teeth will be removed at the same time.
After the tooth (or teeth) is removed, you may need stitches and to limit any bleeding that may occur you may be asked to bite down softly on a piece of gauze for 30 to 45 minutes after leaving the office. Some pain and swelling may occur but it will normally go away after a few days. Some stitches dissolve over time and some have to be removed after a few days.
You should call your dentist if you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever.