For some patients, erupting wisdom teeth can cause pain and problematic crowding of adjacent teeth that will require them to be removed. Callingwood Dental Health Centre is experienced with wisdom teeth removal in West Edmonton and can perform this procedure in our comfortable, conveniently located office.
Speaking of wisdom teeth, are you wondering what they even are? Well, for your information, wisdom teeth are the third and last molars on each side of the upper and lower jaw. They typically erupt when you're between the ages of 17 and 21. If they only partially erupt, come in crooked or don't break through the gum tissue, the teeth are said to be impacted.
Wisdom teeth aren't needed and you will function normally with or without them. But in situations where one or more wisdom teeth are impacted and causing you pain or an infection, the tooth or teeth should be removed.
Before your wisdom teeth removal, it's likely that you've been experiencing pain and other problems. When you have impacted wisdom teeth, the gums on and around your teeth can easily become swollen, infected and bleed. Other signs of impacted wisdom teeth are head or jaw pain, bad breath, and an unpleasant taste in your mouth when you're eating. Your jaw and neck lymph nodes may also be swollen. If you experience any of these warning signs, please see your dentist as soon as possible.
On the other hand, you might not have any pain or other symptoms at all. Your dentist may discover your impacted wisdom teeth during a routine x-ray and exam. If you have impacted wisdom teeth and they're not removed, you might experience prolonged pain, infections, gum disease, cysts, tooth decay, and damage to your other teeth.
It's recommended that people between the ages of 16 and 19 speak to their dentist about the condition of their wisdom teeth. People in this age range have less developed dental roots and therefore would experience fewer complications during the removal procedure than an adult would.
Treatment and Recovery
Wisdom teeth removal is considered a surgery and will require anaesthesia. Various sedation methods are available, including IV sedation and oral sedation. You will experience bleeding, pain and swelling in your gums following the procedure. The recovery period usually only lasts a few days; you should rest during this time and avoid aggravating the injured area. Soft foods are recommended, and you will likely receive a prescription for pain medication.
Please contact Callingwood Dental Health Centre today to talk to our staff about your wisdom teeth.