Wisdom Teeth Removal - Thornhill and Richmond Hill Dentists
Thornhill and Richmond Hill Dentists | Oral Surgery, Wisdom Teeth Removal
As young adults (between our late teens to early 30s) third molars, also referred to as wisdom teeth, begin to erupt, meaning they begin to grow in. More often than not, peoples' jaws do not have enough space to allow the additional teeth to grow in, causing the wisdom teeth to become impacted - growing in under the gums, either sideways or by causing other complications.
Complications caused by impacted wisdom teeth can consist of teeth-crowding, gum / tooth infections, injuries to surrounding teeth, cysts that may cause permanent damage to the the jawbone, or other complications. For wisdom teeth that manage to erupt through the gumline, they may do so with great difficulty, potentially still requiring a wisdom tooth removal. The odds of impacted wisdom teeth causing damage are, historically, quite high. Although it is very difficult to determine whether or not wisdom teeth will cause complications, with the help of in-office dental x-rays, your oral surgeons in Thornhill and Richmond hill can review the x-rays and offer suggestions to help you make the right decisions about removing your wisdom teeth.
Our oral surgeon is highly experienced at extracting impacted wisdom teeth, as the procedure is performed frequently at TS Dental. Removing wisdom teeth is quite often a necessary procedure, carried out while patients are under local anesthesia (Nitrous oxide, oral anesthetic and / or others). Wisdom teeth can be removed as whole teeth, if space permits it. Once your wisdom teeth have been extracted, stitches will be applied to restrict bleeding, and finally, post-operation instructions will be provided.
Post wisdom teeth surgery instructions include:
A gauze pad will be inserted in the mouth, over the affected areas, and should remain in place for at least half an hour. Once bleeding has stopped, you may remove and discard the gauze pad.
Touching the wound, forcefully rinsing your mouth, smoking, spitting and sucking (even through a straw) are inadvisable and should be avoided at all costs. Causing the wound to start bleeding again, or dislodging the blood clot in the void, where the wisdom tooth was removed from, can inflict "dry socket", which can cause significant pain, depending on the person.
Also follow the doctor's instructions in terms of taking antibiotics (if applicable) and take any prescribed pain medications, promptly, once you start to feel any discomfort (pain medication is usually needed once the local anesthetic begins to wear off.)
To reduce blood flow, and prevent bleeding and light headedness, reduce any strenuous movements, or exercise, during the first few days following your surgery and only begin to slowly resume your normal activities once bleeding and pain fade away. Pain can peak three days after surgery, and should begin to decrease shortly thereafter.
Place ice packs against your cheeks, against the surgical sites to reduce swelling and promote healing.
Following surgery, eat only soft foods at room temperature or colder to prevent increased circulation and bleeding. To minimize swelling, please rest and try to stay propped up on a cushion or chair.
You may brush your teeth whilst paying extra attention to not make contact with the wisdom teeth removal sites (and of course, spit and rinse VERY gently.)
Please contact our dental office, TS Dental, Dentists in Thornhill and Richmond Hill, for any concerns.