Wisdom teeth are molars that erupt behind your regular molars, often referred to as '3rd Molars'.
In most people, wisdom teeth start to come through the gums between the ages of 16 to 25. Most people develop four wisdom teeth, but some people may have three or less. In fact, some people never develop wisdom teeth at all.
If our experienced team at Hall Dental are concerned about your wisdom teeth, during your regular check-up, we will take an x-ray to examine their position. Depending on your age and the position of the teeth and whether or not your mouth can accommodate the teeth, we may recommend waiting to observe how your wisdom teeth progress or proceeding with treatment.
Your wisdom teeth may be impacted, misaligned and poking or rubbing on your cheeks or tongue, causing irritation. If there is not enough room for them in your mouth, the wisdom teeth can cause crowding and shifting among the rest of your teeth. They can also be very difficult to keep clean because they are so far back in your mouth and may develop decay.
If a wisdom tooth is impacted, it is growing into your mouth sideways instead of straight up or down. If an impacted wisdom tooth is not removed at the ideal time, it can cause damage to the teeth next to it and potentially trigger significant pain.
During a wisdom tooth extraction, a patient is typically under sedation or general anaesthesia. You should not experience any pain during the procedure. As always, your Hall Dental team will provide a high level of surgical care.
During your appointment, our attentive team will explain how you will care for your mouth after the extraction. By following some simple steps, you can prevent any problems following extraction. In most cases we'll recommend biting on gauze to keep pressure on the extraction point following surgery, regular application of ice to the area, and eating soft foods for several days.
After your procedure, we recommend eating soft foods like smoothies, apple sauce, ice cream and pudding – just to name a few. As you heal, you can add solid foods back into your diet.
Wisdom teeth removal is considered a very safe procedure. Still, as with any surgical procedure, there is always a risk of complication, particularly infection. You can minimize any risk by carefully following the post-operative instructions. As always, our helpful team will be pleased to discuss your concerns with you at any time.
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All services provided by general dentists: Dr. Paul Hall, Dr. Pauline Hall and Dr. Todd ZoBell