Wisdom Tooth Removal | North York, ON

Typically appearing between the ages of 17 and 24, wisdom teeth emerge from the gums. Positioned at the back of the mouth as the last molars, individuals might possess up to four wisdom teeth – one in each corner.

For most, wisdom teeth don't pose issues and require no removal. Nevertheless, if there's insufficient space for them to grow, they can become impacted, leading to discomfort, swelling, or infection. Addressing impacted wisdom teeth through surgical extraction can alleviate symptoms. This procedure can be performed by one of our dentsit or an oral surgeon referred by them.

In cases of infection, antibiotics can provide temporary relief, but symptoms may resurface. Extracting wisdom teeth is often the definitive solution. If undergoing a general anesthetic, you'll need to adhere to fasting instructions, refraining from eating or drinking for approximately six hours prior. Adhering to your dentist's or oral surgeon's guidance is crucial.

Preparing for your Wisdom Tooth Removal

Why wait until your wisdom teeth become a concern before considering extraction? Reach out to us to schedule a consultation appointment and proactively avoid potential complications.

Preparing for wisdom teeth removal involves guidance from your dentist or oral surgeon. For instance, if you're a smoker, they may recommend cessation to mitigate wound infection risks, which could slow down your recovery. The procedure can occur under local anesthesia, possibly with conscious sedation like laughing gas, keeping you awake during the process. Alternatively, if your wisdom teeth present challenges, general anesthesia might be administered if performed in a hospital. Your dentist or oral surgeon will guide you on the most suitable type of anesthesia.

A comprehensive discussion will occur before, during, and after your procedure, addressing potential pain, risks, benefits, and alternatives. This empowers you to provide informed consent through a consent form.

The wisdom teeth removal procedure's complexity hinges on the extent of impaction. For straightforward cases, extraction mirrors regular molars. Following anesthesia, tools like elevators or special forceps are used to loosen the tooth. For more intricate cases, the dentist may cut through gums and remove jawbone fragments to access the tooth. The extraction process generally lasts a few minutes, though more challenging instances can take around 20 minutes.

After local anesthesia, sensation might return to your jaw after a few hours. Avoid chewing on the area and consuming overly hot foods or drinks to prevent burning. You can leave once you feel ready, equipped with post-operative care instructions.

These instructions include guidance on oral hygiene, pain management, antibiotics, and mouthwash solutions. If necessary, you'll receive a follow-up appointment date. Dissolvable stitches vanish within a week to 10 days, while non-dissolvable ones are removed around a week post-surgery.

Over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be used, avoiding aspirin due to its potential impact on bleeding. During the initial 24 hours, avoid vigorous mouth rinsing to prevent disturbing healing blood clots. Gentle rinsing with warm salt water after meals is advised. Resume usual tooth brushing while being cautious around the wound area during the first days.

Initially, opt for soft foods, gradually transitioning back to your regular diet as jaw stiffness subsides. If bleeding occurs, press a clean piece of gauze on the bleeding gum for around 10 to 15 minutes.

While most people experience a smooth recovery, contact your dentist or GP immediately if you encounter symptoms such as uncontrolled bleeding, breathing or swallowing difficulties, severe pain unresponsive to painkillers, high temperature, or prolonged swelling beyond three days post-operation.

What does a Wisdom tooth cost to remove?

The expense of wisdom teeth extraction can fluctuate based on the complexity of the surgery. Additionally, the proximity of the wisdom tooth to adjacent nerves and teeth also impacts the cost of removal. Consequently, the costs related to impacted wisdom teeth tend to be notably higher compared to those of wisdom teeth that have already emerged.

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