Third molars are called wisdom teeth because they come in last, at an age when you are presumably wiser. Yet, keeping wisdom teeth is not always the wisest choice. When it makes sense to have them removed, you can count on the team of experienced general dentists at My Dentist at Boundary Park – Dr. Navneet Randhawa for skillful wisdom tooth extractions.
What is the problem with wisdom teeth?
Sometimes they are no problem. If you have large dental arches and these molars are coming in straight, extraction may not be necessary. However, the diet of modern man does not require this extra set of grinding teeth. So, if wisdom teeth are problematic, or if you want to avoid the risk of future problems, they should be removed.
Here are some of the situations when extraction is advisable:
- Existing healthy teeth are already tight, and wisdom teeth may cause crowding, crookedness, or damage.
- Wisdom teeth are coming in angled.
- Wisdom teeth are impacted – unable to fully emerge through bone or gum tissue.
- They are causing pain, facial swelling, or jaw stiffness.
- They present risk of bacterial infection in surrounding tissues.
- Cysts or tumors develop.
Our team understands that you may a bit nervous about having teeth extracted. Most patients find a higher level of comfort in familiar surroundings and the care of those they know and trust. At My Dentist at Boundary Park, most extractions are handled in-house, without need for referral to a specialist. Only local anesthetic is required to perform extractions without pain.
We provide thorough aftercare instructions to minimize risk of dry socket or other complications and to speed the healing process. Patients are generally able to return to normal behaviors within 24 hours, with limited strenuous activity and a soft food diet for about a week.
If you experience any problems or have questions, simply call (604) 597-8808 our Dental Office for emergency exam. The team at My Dentist at Boundary Park is here to help keep your smile healthy, with wisdom tooth extractions and a broad range of preventive and general dentistry services.