Wisdom teeth extraction is an experience that many of us go through as teenagers or young adults. The idea of the process is overwhelming for some. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Your team of Calgary dentists has compiled a few frequently asked questions about wisdom teeth. Keep reading to learn more about wisdom teeth removal in Calgary.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Your wisdom teeth are the last molars on each side of your jaws. For many, wisdom teeth start to come into the oral cavity at the age of 16 or so. They may not come in until you are in your 20s, or they may not erupt at all. Often, there isn’t always enough room left in your mouth for them. This can cause complications that may prevent them from erupting properly, causing swelling and tenderness.
The American Dental Association recommends getting your wisdom teeth examined if you’re between the ages of 16 and 19. The older you are, the more your wisdom teeth develop. The
If you are at or over the age of 16 and haven’t had your wisdom teeth evaluated yet, we recommend booking an appointment with your Calgary dentist to see if your wisdom teeth require extractions.
How do I know if My Wisdom Teeth are Coming In?
When your wisdom teeth are coming in, it can be a pain… literally. Wisdom teeth eruption may cause discomfort and/or swelling in your jaws. You may experience difficulty opening your jaw, difficulty chewing and maybe even headaches.
Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
You should always discuss your options with your dentist regarding wisdom teeth removal in Calgary. Depending on whether your wisdom teeth are impacted, the position in which they are erupting, and how they are affecting the teeth adjacent to them, your dentist will recommend a personalized solution for you. If left untreated, wisdom teeth can result in cavities, gum inflammation, and jaw pain. Occasionally, they can cause infections too.
We usually recommend removing wisdom teeth sooner than later. Besides having smaller wisdom teeth, teenagers and young adults are often healthier and therefore heal more quickly. Sometimes wisdom teeth can cause problems in older adults. In addition to having more medical conditions, adults also tend to have more fully formed wisdom teeth roots, making the extractions more difficult.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Calgary: What’s the Process?
The good news is, having your wisdom teeth removed isn’t as scary as it may sound. Just like any dental procedure, with the correct
Wisdom Teeth Extraction: What Should I Expect During Recovery?
We advise you to arrange for someone to drive you to and from your appointment. Your oral surgeon or Calgary dentist may prescribe you painkillers to make your recovery more comfortable. There are instances where a patient can go back to work or school on the following day, but usually, a couple of days of rest are recommended.
It is important to take a few days to rest after surgery since physical activity can increase bleeding. You may want to limit your diet to soft foods such as soup, gelatin, and yogurt. As healing progresses, you will be able to add more solid foods back into your diet. It is also advisable to avoid using straws! Sucking on a straw can delay your healing by loosening the blood clot, creating what is called a dry socket.
What is a Dry Socket?
After your wisdom tooth is extracted, you will have a hole where your tooth once was. This area is called a socket. After surgery, a blood clot will form to protect the bone and nerves in the socket. However, if that clot becomes aggravated or dislodged, a dry socket may form. The area is exposed to air, foods, and fluid, and become uncomfortable. Have no fear though. A dry socket can easily be treated by a quick visit to the dental office.
How Can I Prevent Dry Sockets?
Dry sockets typically occur three to four days after wisdom teeth extraction. To avoid this, we recommend taking a few precautions. Firstly, rest from strenuous work for a few days. Following meals and before bedtime, rinse with saltwater. Brush your teeth gently, and drink plenty of fluids.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Calgary
Getting your wisdom teeth extracted doesn’t have to be scary or complicated! Our team of gentle and caring dentists will create personalized solutions to assist you in the treatment of your wisdom teeth.
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