What you should know about wisdom tooth extractions in Milton, ON
Chances are, you know several people who have had their wisdom teeth removed. The procedure has almost turned into a rite of passage for older teens and young adults. Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that are in the very back of the mouth. These teeth typically erupt in the late teens or early 20s, but for many they fail to erupt (become impacted) because there is not enough room in the mouth, or they begin to erupt at an angle. At Scott and Derry Dental Care in Milton, ON, we offer patients painless, stress-free wisdom tooth extractions.
Why patients may require wisdom tooth extraction in Milton, ON
When impacted wisdom teeth are not removed, they can cause tenderness or swelling of the gums accompanied by moderate to severe pain. Additionally, impacted wisdom teeth that have begun to erupt are often difficult to clean which can increase the risk of tooth decay, infection, and gum disease.
The eruption of wisdom teeth is something that is often monitored during routine dental x-rays. If we recommend removal of the wisdom teeth, it’s better to do this as soon as possible. When wisdom teeth are removed in the late teens or early 20s, the roots typically have not fully formed, and the jawbone is less dense which makes the extraction process easier.
The wisdom tooth extraction procedure
Before your dentist begins the procedure, the entire area will be numbed with a local anesthetic to ensure that the procedure is as pain-free as possible. If the wisdom teeth have not erupted yet, your dentist will need to access them. In order to do this, the dentist will remove a small portion of the bone that is covering the tooth. Then, the wisdom teeth are typically cut into sections in order to be removed through the small opening in the bone.
Once the wisdom teeth have been removed and the area has been sutured, you will be sent home with aftercare instructions. This will include resting for the remainder of the day, eating soft foods such as yogurt, blended soups, mashed potatoes, and apple sauce, and avoiding brushing the area for 24 hours. It’s also important to avoid using a straw as it can loosen the clot and lead to dry sockets.
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