At Impression Dental, we do our best to provide a simple, anxiety-free process for wisdom teeth removal. Our Edmonton dental staff will work hard to provide you with the highest level of dental care and make sure that you’re comfortable throughout your procedure. If you have questions or concerns about getting your wisdom teeth removed, we recommend that you read the information on this page to find out more about the process for the procedure, post treatment care, and more.
When Do I Need to Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Typically, most people have their wisdom teeth removed sometime in their early twenties. This is mainly due to the fact that the healing process is quicker at a younger age. Some common signs that you may need your wisdom teeth removed include tender or swollen gums, jaw ache and pain, and general discomfort. However, wisdom teeth removal isn’t necessary for everyone. Cases in which the removal of wisdom teeth is required include situations that would result in damage to other teeth, jaw damage, sinus issues, misalignment, cavities, and inflamed gums. Your wisdom teeth may not need to be removed if they are aligned properly and do not cause any pain.
If and when your wisdom teeth need to be removed depends on your particular situation. If you have concerns about your wisdom teeth or aren’t sure if the procedure is right for you, please contact our office. We will be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.
More Info about Wisdom Teeth Removal in Edmonton
If your dentist determines that your wisdom teeth need to be removed, they will work with you to determine an appropriate date for the procedure. When you visit us for wisdom teeth removal, our Edmonton dental staff will do their best to make sure that you are comfortable throughout your visit.
Your dentist will begin the procedure by administering one of three types of anesthesia, which includes local, sedation, and general. During the extraction process, your dentist will make an incision in your gum and remove the tooth. If the tooth is impacted, they may divide it into sections to make removing it easier. After your wisdom teeth are removed, gauze is placed over the extraction site to control bleeding and facilitate the formation of a blood clot.
You may experience some side effects after the procedure such as bleeding, swelling, pain or discomfort, and bruising. These symptoms are usually mild and should subside within a few days.
Post Treatment Care
For the first day after your procedure, we recommend laying low and getting a lot of rest. Follow your dentist’s instructions for replacing gauze and managing pain. After the first 24 hours, you should only eat soft foods, avoid alcohol, caffeine, and hot beverages, and drink lots of water. We recommend eating foods like pudding, mashed potatoes, yogurt, applesauce, and milkshakes. It’s also important that you resume brushing your teeth after 24 hours to help keep your mouth clean. After a day or two, you can resume most normal activities. Do not smoke for at least 72 hours.
For about a week, it’s important that you avoid drinking with a straw and chewing hard or spicy foods. To help keep the site clean, you should rinse your mouth with warm salt water once every two hours. Continue to follow your dentist’s instructions for at-home care.
If you experience extreme pain, have difficulty swallowing or breathing, are bleeding excessively, notice pus or oozing from the socket, experience a feeling of numbness, or have symptoms that worsen after two or three days, it’s important that you contact your dentist immediately. If left untreated, an infection can result in nerve damage or other health complications.