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Wisdom Teeth Removal in SW Calgary

Wisdom Teeth Removal in SW Calgary2024-05-23T15:34:58+00:00

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort from your growing wisdom teeth, we are here to help!

Too much wisdom?

Although extraction of a tooth is almost always a last resort, there are situations where removal is necessary and the best treatment option, and this is often true for wisdom teeth. 

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last and final set of molars to grow in the very back of the mouth, usually erupting into the oral cavity between ages 16 and 25. For some people, there is adequate space in the mouth for wisdom teeth to erupt vertically and into proper alignment. However, unlike other teeth in the mouth, wisdom teeth can be highly variable in their anatomy and growth pattern. Very commonly, there is inadequate space in the mouth to allow the wisdom teeth to erupt properly through the gums and become fully functional; instead, they grow diagonally or horizontally, causing them to be stuck or “impacted” in the jaw bone. This uneven growth can cause a myriad of problems, including inflammation of the surrounding gum tissues, crowding of other teeth, damage to the adjacent second molars, and even impact the jawbone itself.  Symptomatic wisdom teeth, if left untreated, can lead to infection, damage to other teeth and possibly be associated with cysts or tumors.

Older but not necessarily wiser

If a wisdom tooth will benefit from preemptive removal in order to prevent future problems, its extraction should be done earlier rather than later, ideally between the ages of 16 and 22. Rather than waiting until wisdom teeth start to cause issues before addressing them, earlier prophylactic removal has many benefits:

  • It is advised that impacted lower wisdom teeth be removed when roots are between half to two-thirds formed (usually when one is between 16 and 18 years old). Compared to fully developed roots, at this time, the root tips are farther away from the large inferior alveolar nerve that courses along the lower jaw border. The surgery will carry less risk of nerve damage, which is the most common complication of lower wisdom teeth removal.

  • Younger patients have softer jawbones, which is conducive to simpler surgery and better post-operative healing. When a person gets into their early to mid-20s, especially for male patients, the jaw bone increases significantly in density. This greatly increases the difficulty of the surgery and consequently increases the risks of complications and prolongs healing.

  • Performing wisdom teeth removal surgery when no inflammation or infection is present leads to less pain and swelling and faster healing afterward

In many cases, damage caused by wisdom teeth is not visible on the surface. At Chinook Smiles, we encourage patients to take a panoramic full-mouth x-ray once every few years to monitor the condition of your jaw. This is also the only type of x-ray that will show the wisdom teeth.

Why choose Chinook Smiles?

Dr. Chloe Xu and Dr. Lisa Mallett are experienced dentists performing surgery for removal of moderate to difficult impacted wisdom teeth. We understand this surgery may be quite nerve-racking to many, so we offer many different sedation options to help take your mind off the surgery.

If you are worried about the pain and swelling after your surgery, you will also be happy to hear that Chinook Smiles offers PRF regeneration therapy to amp up your natural healing capacity to reduce post-operative discomfort. You also have the option to finish up the surgery with a quick session of photobiomodulation pain management with our Fotona LightWalker laser, which is shown to improve blood flow and reduce inflammation at the surgical site to further enhance healing and reduce pain.

For all your inquiries about wisdom teeth near you, Chinook Smiles welcomes you to book an appointment for a consultation today. We can also discuss your wisdom teeth options with you at your next hygiene and check-up appointment – just ask!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAQs

Will removing wisdom teeth affect my other teeth or jaw alignment?2023-11-13T06:52:57+00:00

In most cases, wisdom teeth extraction does not affect teeth alignment or jaw structure, especially if done early. In fact, it often prevents crowding or alignment issues.

What is the recovery time after wisdom teeth extraction?2023-11-13T06:52:21+00:00

Recovery times vary but typically last a few days to a week. Patients can resume normal activities gradually but should follow post-extraction care instructions for optimal healing.

Are there risks or complications with wisdom teeth removal?2023-11-13T06:51:50+00:00

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks like dry socket, infection, nerve damage, or excessive bleeding. However, these are relatively rare and can be minimized with proper care.

Can I eat or drink after getting my wisdom teeth removed?2023-11-13T06:51:14+00:00

Following the extraction, it’s advised to stick to soft foods and liquids initially. Gradually introduce solid foods as you heal, avoiding hard or crunchy items and foods with small seeds.

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