REMOVAL OF PROBLEM TEEH
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Edmonton
At Clearwater Dental Clinic in Edmonton, we can perform most wisdom teeth extractions for our patients.
Most wisdom teeth extractions are done when our patients are in their late teens or early twenties to mitigate risks and complications associated with wisdom teeth as patients age.
The most common patient complaints leading to a wisdom tooth extraction are:
- Crowding, not enough room on the jaw to accommodate the extra teeth
- Wisdom teeth may become partially or fully impacted, unable to break through the bone or gum tissue
- Impacted teeth can damage adjacent teeth and bone
- The wisdom teeth can fracture when trying to erupt through the bone
- Partially erupted teeth can become overgrown with gum tissue, trapping food and bacteria which can result in inflammation and pain
- Some wisdom teeth come in at an angle, creating uneven chewing surfaces or crowding
SHOULD YOU HAVE WISDOM TEETH REMOVED?
In many cases, wisdom teeth erupt fully into the mouth and behave exactly like any other molars. Even when a wisdom tooth remains buried, it can often be left alone if an examination determines it is not expected to create potential problems in the future.
Having your teen monitored as they mature is a proactive approach to managing any potential wisdom tooth problems. Not everyone develops wisdom teeth; some patients have only one or two, or none at all. Diseased or potentially problematic wisdom teeth should be removed.
ISSUES CAUSED BY PROBLEM WISDOM TEETH
Some symptoms that may indicate wisdom teeth are erupting and should be checked are:
- A headache or localized pain in the area of the budding wisdom tooth
- Swelling in the jaw
- Bleeding or swollen gums at the back of the jaw
- Strange taste in the mouth
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, or jaw stiffness
- A tooth appears to be coming in behind the molars
WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL
Removing one or more wisdom teeth is a common and simple procedure, usually completed within a couple of hours. Patients are sedated, the problem teeth are removed, and after a short recovery in the office, patients are sent home with a supply of gauze pads for the extraction site and painkillers to minimize discomfort over the next few days.