Wisdom Teeth Removal Toronto

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Wisdom Tooth Removal

Extractions for Impacted Teeth

Do You Need Wisdom Teeth Removal?
At Toronto Smile Centre, we conveniently offer wisdom teeth removal services in house. Wisdom teeth are your third molars, and are the last teeth to erupt, usually after you are about 15 to 25. Wisdom teeth do not always need to be removed, but if they are impacted, painful, infected, decayed, or causing swelling or damage to other teeth, they will need to be removed. Many people do not have enough room in their mouths for these third molars, which causes issues. Your dentist will take x-rays and perform other diagnostics to determine whether you need wisdom teeth extraction.
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Oral Exam and X-Rays
To see if you need dental extractions, your dentist will use x-rays and other diagnostics. If you have regular checkups, impacted wisdom teeth or other issues that require extraction can be diagnosed before they are causing pain or damage. Alternately, you may notice pain in between checkups. Even if you believe the issue is your wisdom teeth, your dentist will fully examine you.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
If your mouth doesn't have enough space to accommodate wisdom teeth as they develop, they can't erupt fully and become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth will damage adjacent teeth and cause other dental issues.
How Are Teeth Impacted?

Types of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Any tooth can become impacted if there is insufficient room or it erupts at an awkward angle. Teeth can erupt sideways or become trapped under the gum tissue and bone, leading to infection, and damage to the jaw bone and other teeth. Teeth can be impacted to different degrees, which will affect the tooth extraction procedure.


Soft Tissue Impacted Teeth

If a wisdom tooth has pushed through the bone, but at an angle, and the tooth is partially or fully covered by the gums, it is called a soft tissue impaction. Debris and bacteria can become trapped, causing tooth decay and infection.


Partial Bony Impacted Teeth

When a wisdom tooth is trapped below the gums and partially in the jaw bone, for a partial bony impaction, there are risks of infection and decay again, even though the tooth seems covered.


Complete Bony Impacted Teeth

For complete impaction, where the wisdom tooth stays completely covered by the jaw bone, the tooth is very difficult to access, and more will require a complex surgical tooth extraction.
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Wisdom Teeth Removal

How Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom tooth extractions are common, as most people do not have enough room in their mouths for them or have other complications. The procedure is the same as for other dental extractions. Your dental surgeon will have a consultation with you, to explain the exact process needed for your case and the reasons an extraction is required. Sedation and local anesthesia will be used for the procedure, to minimize any discomfort.

If your tooth is completely erupted, a simple extraction may be done. Forceps are used to pull the tooth, either in one whole piece, or to make it easier to remove, broken down into a few pieces. Since wisdom teeth are commonly impacted, however, a surgical extraction is often needed. For wisdom teeth surgery, an incision will be made in the gum line, and any bone covering the tooth will be removed before the actual tooth removal.

You may be stitched or sutured. A gauze pad for you to bite down on and stop the bleeding will be given. Some bleeding and swelling is normal for the first couple of days. An ice pack will help during this early stage.

Any discomfort should be manageable with the prescribed or recommended OTC pain medication. You may also be prescribed antibiotics as a precaution. Contact your dentist immediately if you have severe pain or swelling that doesn't decrease or starts to increase, or if you have numbness or tingling sensations. You won't be able to brush around the extraction site, but you should keep it clean with salt water rinses. Your oral surgeon will give you full instructions on care.

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Oral Surgery Doesn't Need to Be Scary

The friendly team at Toronto Smile Centre will do their best to make you feel relaxed and comfortable. We'll answer your questions, and we offer sedation and local anesthetic, so you don't need to worry about the procedure being unpleasant. If wisdom teeth are coming in, don't postpone having a consultation and getting necessary treatment.
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Is a Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure Really Necessary?

You may have heard a dentist say it's important to save a tooth whenever possible and avoid extractions. While keeping your natural teeth is best in most cases, wisdom teeth can create significant issues in some cases. If you have enough room in your mouth, and there are no complications that will damage surrounding teeth or cause other issues, your oral surgeon won't recommend a wisdom tooth extraction.

Wisdom tooth removal is only done to prevent issues. Impacted wisdom teeth can push on and grind nearby teeth, causing damage and cavities, misalignments, and possibly leading to gum disease and bone loss. Impacted teeth are at higher risk of infection and decay, because they are nearly impossible to clean fully, and infection can spread. A cyst formation or tumour is also possible.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction in Toronto

The best way to prevent issues from an impacted wisdom tooth is to have regular checkups and exams, so your dentist can spot any concerns at the earliest stage.
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When is wisdom teeth removal necessary?

Wisdom teeth removal is needed if they are impacted, painful, infected, decayed, or causing swelling or damage to other teeth.

What are the types of impacted wisdom teeth?

There are soft tissue impacted teeth, partial bony impacted teeth, and complete bony impacted teeth, each with different degrees of impaction and treatment approaches.

How are wisdom teeth removed?

The process can involve simple extraction using forceps or a more complex surgical procedure with incisions and removal of bone, depending on the tooth's position and level of impaction.

What can I expect after wisdom teeth removal?

Post-procedure, some bleeding and swelling are normal. Pain management might include prescribed or over-the-counter medication, and special care instructions are provided for the extraction site.
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