WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTION
Wisdom Tooth Extraction In Bradford, ON
While our wisdom teeth or molar teeth have served an important function in the past, our third molar teeth sometimes causes dental issues that require their extraction or removal. Learn more about the process.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Third molars, or wisdom teeth are the last adult teeth that erupt into the mouth. They normally begin erupting into the mouth between 17 to 21 years of age. While most people experience no issues with their wisdom teeth coming into their mouth, there are many cases where wisdom teeth encounter complications while coming into the mouth and jaw.
Wisdom Tooth Issues
When wisdom teeth do not properly erupt, they can cause gum issues which results in bleeding, pain, swelling and redness. Sometimes a wisdom tooth may only partially erupt into the mouth, which makes it hard to keep the tooth and gums clean and free of food debris.
Increased Cavity Risk
Regular flossing and brushing is vital to good oral health. However, many patients find it hard to reach or access all the way to the back of their mouth to keep their third molar teeth clean and flossed.
Since it may be difficult to keep third molar teeth and gums clean, bacteria can easily grow in the affected area and produce bad breath or an unpleasant odour.
Damage To Surrounding Teeth
When certain wisdom teeth erupt into the mouth horizontally or diagonally, instead of vertically like they should normally erupt, risk of damage may occur to nearby teeth. It is also possible for serious dental issues such as tumours or cysts to form around affected wisdom teeth that are impacted or stuck under the gums.
What Is The Process?
Your dentist will require one or more x-rays to assess the position of the tooth under the gums and to assess the roots of the tooth and how they are situated in the jawbone. Once you and your dentist make the decision to extract the tooth, a treatment plan will be made. Some treatment plans may involve a tooth replacement option if the tooth being extracted is a not a third molar.
Before the extraction procedure begins, you will be given dental anesthetic to numb the affected area. Dental sedation is sometimes used as well if the patient prefers it. Your dentist will discuss this with you prior to the procedure. If the tooth is above the gums, your dentist should be able to remove the tooth easily. However, if part of the tooth or all of the tooth is under the gums, your dentist will need to make an incision to have access to remove the tooth. Once the tooth has been removed, the gums may require suturing so that they can heal. Your dentist will advise you about any dietary restrictions during the healing period. Many patients heal quickly after their tooth extraction, however your dentist will prescribe you medication if you experience any pain with the procedure.
Contact us today to schedule your visit, or free consultation now. We look forward to meeting with you and answering any questions or concerns you may have about wisdom teeth extraction or tooth extraction.
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