Do I need surgical removal of my wisdom teeth?
The wisdom teeth, or third molars, are well-known to be problematic for many patients, often needing removal. However, depending on your situation, you may need a simple or surgical extraction. Dr. Jameela Jifri and her team at Scott and Derry Dental Care of Milton, Ontario, can assist you in determining if you need removal.
How do I know if I need surgical removal of my wisdom teeth?
Your dentist can tell if you need to have your wisdom teeth removed. She will take x-rays of your mouth and look at the position of your wisdom teeth. If they are causing crowding or are not growing in correctly, you may need to have them removed. Sometimes, people do not need to have their wisdom teeth removed. It all depends on the position of the teeth and how they are growing. For some patients, though, impacted molars require extraction to solve the issue and reduce the risk of further problems.
What happens during surgical removal of an impacted molar?
The removal of an impacted molar is a surgical procedure. You will be given anesthesia to help you relax and not feel any pain during the surgery. The type of anesthesia will depend on how complex the surgery is and what your dentist thinks is best for your unique situation. Patients may also want to ask about sedation methods that can help put them at ease before and during their procedure.
Once properly sedated and anesthetized, your dentist will make an incision in the gum tissue, exposing the wisdom tooth underneath. They may need to remove some bone before getting to the tooth. Once they have access to the tooth, they will loosen it and then remove it. You may need to have stitches after the surgery. The stitches will dissolve on their own over time. Aftercare instructions will be provided, which should be closely followed to reduce the risk of complications. This includes continued bleeding and infection.
How do I find out if I need a surgical tooth extraction?
Not all wisdom teeth need to be surgically removed. Speak to the Scott and Derry Dental Care team in Milton, ON, to discuss your unique situation and learn more about this procedure. Call (855) 438-4999 to request an appointment at our office, conveniently located at 6521 Derry Road, Unit #7.
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