What are wisdom teeth?
Your wisdom teeth are the last of your permanent teeth to come in.
On average, they appear between the ages of 18-25.
Sometimes, your wisdom teeth come in normally. However, in other cases they can cause additional dental problems.
Why would I need to get my wisdom teeth removed?
Since your wisdom teeth are the last to erupt, there may not be room for them when they come in. They may be erupting at an incorrect angle.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause:
Crowding or damage to surrounding teeth.
Difficulty flossing between them and the neighboring molars.
Pain, swelling, and stiffness in your jaw.
Trapped food and bacteria behind your molars can cause an infection.
Note: Every situation is unique, but if your wisdom teeth are causing you pain or threatening your overall oral health, the dentists at Bathurst College Dentistry ® will likely recommend getting them removed.
How is wisdom tooth extraction done?
Prior to the procedure, our dentist will review the whole process with you and answers any questions you might have.
During the procedure, we will provide anesthesia, the type and amount depending on the case and your comfort level.
If the wisdom teeth are impacted the dentist makes an incision in your gum to expose the tooth and surrounding bone.
It is important for us to remove any bone (if the teeth are impacted) inhibiting access to your wisdom teeth.
Sometimes we may divide the tooth into sections and remove it in pieces.
The dentist then cleans the site and closes the incision sutures. Then places gauze over the extraction site to stop any bleeding.
The procedure can be as short as 30 minutes or up to 90 minutes, depending on the size of your tooth or teeth and how many wisdom teeth we remove.
What is recovery from a wisdom teeth removal like?
The recovery period varies from patient to patient.
Typically your recovery period can be from 2-3 days up to a week (in which you may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort).
Use ice to bring down the swelling.
Your BCD dentist will prescribe pain medications to ease you through recovery, as required.
Make sure you get lots of rest and only eat soft foods like ice cream or yogurt.
Additionally, you cannot brush your teeth, rinse your mouth, or use mouthwash for the first 24 hours after the procedure.
If you have post surgery concerns please call us.
Not all post surgical symptoms are listed here, please call 416 925–0154 if you have any concerns.