Wisdom teeth extractions

We save you from the trouble of treating problematic wisdom teeth

Sometimes a tooth has to be removed. It might have decay, gum disease, or a fracture beyond what we can repair, or we may need to remove it for space or prior to orthodontics.

Some teeth are poorly positioned and need to be removed. A common example of this is the third molar or wisdom tooth.

We investigate all options before we recommend a permanent extraction of a tooth.

Let's look at some common questions about dental extraction and explain some concepts so it will be easier for you to understand and accept that sometimes to remove a tooth is the best solution.

How do I know if my wisdom teeth need to be removed?

Your dentist will make this recommendation based on your examination and radiographs, usually around age 17-22.

Not all wisdom teeth have to be removed, in some cases there is lots of room and the wisdom tooth can come in and function normally.

In other cases the wisdom tooth stays buried in bone and is unlikely to erupt, and in some cases the wisdom tooth never forms at all.

The problem wisdom tooth is most commonly the one that comes part way into the mouth and stalls out.

It is best to remove these teeth at a recommended time, and not wait until they have caused damage, or become infected at the worst possible time (on vacation, etc.).

Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that grow in the back one’s mouth.

They are technically called the third molars because they appear after the second molars.

Wisdom teeth can be a valuable asset if they grow vertically and are aligned properly.

However, these teeth have been known to grow diagonally and horizontally, thus causing problems for their owners.

This uneven growing can cause a myriad of problems including infection of surrounding tissue, damage to the adjacent second molars as well as the jawbone.

Additionally, wisdom teeth sometimes do not fully erupt through the gum, and are termed as impacted.

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What does it mean an impacted wisdom teeth?

A tooth is said to become impacted when there is a lack of space in the dental arch and its growth is affected, by gum, bone or another tooth.

There are different kinds of impaction. Mesioangular impaction occurs when the tooth grows forward towards the front of the mouth.

Vertical impaction is when the formed wisdom tooth does not fully erupt through the gum.

Horizontal impaction, which is not as common as the other two forms of impaction, occurs when the tooth is angled sideways, growing towards the roots of the second molar.

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Why removal of impacted wisdom teeth is good?

Impacted wisdom teeth are usually removed because of the problems they are causing or because of the problems that may arise if they remain in the mouth.

In many cases, damage caused by wisdom teeth is not visible on the surface.

Your Eastport Centre Dentist will usually take full X-rays of the mouth to see what is going on underneath the gum and to determine what type of extraction is required.

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How do you remove a tooth?

You may hear people talk about getting a tooth “pulled”.

This is an unfortunate term, we don’t pull out teeth to remove them, if we did we might well damage the surrounding teeth, gums, and bone.

If a tooth needs removal, we numb the area around it, and then “luxate” it, that is, we move the tooth from side to side until it is loose and then lift it out.

Sometimes we will cut the tooth into two or more pieces to remove it safely, especially if it has several roots going different directions.

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What can I expect after I have my tooth removed?

Every case is different, and after the tooth is removed we will review with you what to expect.

In general a small amount of discomfort is normal right when the freezing comes out, and some patients will take an ibuprofen or acetaminophen at that time.

Bleeding or swelling are usually minimal, but again, we can tell you what to expect with your case.

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Do I need to replace my tooth once it is removed?

It depends. Some teeth are important for function or aesthetics, for example the first molar tooth is very important for chewing and taking the bite force to protect the other teeth from damage/loss.

Some other teeth such as wisdom teeth are not replaced. We will talk about different options with you and you will decide what the right treatment is for you.

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Your oral health is important!

Protect your teeth from the damage wisdom teeth can cause

Many times wisdom teeth grow in a different direction than normal, or they will have a cavity or decay much faster because it's hard to clean them properly in that area. You don’t have to go through the process of treating wisdom teeth, we can extract them before all this happens.