Your wisdom teeth are typically the last molars to emerge in the mouth. Sometimes they are just fine, while other times they can cause problems. In fact, millions of people each year need to have their wisdom teeth removed, most of them ranging in age between 17 and 25. In these cases, removing the wisdom teeth helps protect them from future problems such as infection or a shift in bite. At Harvest Hills Dental Care in East Gwillimbury, ON, our team is experienced in providing patients with safe and effective wisdom teeth removal.
In some cases, patients will schedule an appointment because they are experiencing pain or other symptoms from their wisdom teeth. In other cases, there aren’t any symptoms, the dentist simply notices the potential for problems during routine exams or x-rays. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, removal may be recommended to prevent the occurrence of:
Even wisdom teeth that aren’t impacted can require extraction. If there is not enough space for the wisdom teeth, they may begin to crowd nearby teeth, shifting the bite or leading to an increase in decay due to the inability to clean the area effectively.
In most cases, we recommend wisdom tooth extraction sooner rather than later because they are easier to remove when their roots are shallower.
After your extraction procedure, we will send you home with thorough instructions for taking care of your mouth in order to keep you comfortable and prevent any infections from occurring. This includes prescribing pain medications and antibiotics, recommending a soft diet for several day, and avoiding the issue of straws in order to prevent dry sockets. After about a week, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled in order to evaluate the healing of the area.
If you have questions about wisdom teeth molar removal or are experiencing symptoms such as pain or a shift in teeth, it’s important to schedule an evaluation at Harvest Hills Dental Care in East Gwillimbury, near Newmarket, ON. To book your appointment, please give us a call at (365) 659-1008.