Your wisdom teeth are the endmost four molars that typically erupt around the age of twenty. If these molars don’t have sufficient space to erupt through, for instance, if your dental arch or jaw is short of space, you may develop what is known as impacted wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth are molars that are trapped inside the jaw bone, either partially or entirely.
Wisdom teeth removal in Toronto, ON, is the process of extracting impacted wisdom teeth to prevent future problems.
Impacted wisdom teeth often pose a variety of challenges, especially as you grow older. Some of the long-term problems associated with impacted wisdom teeth include infection, the formation of cysts, and damage to adjacent teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth may also cause crowding, which can affect your bite and present other complications.
The earlier you extract your wisdom teeth, the more straightforward the process and the faster the healing and recovery. We advise our patients to consider wisdom teeth extraction during their mid-teenage years to the early twenties. Call our office to schedule a consultation with our oral surgeon in Toronto, ON.
During your consultation, our oral surgeon will determine the present state of your wisdom teeth. We rely on panoramic dental x-rays and sometimes CT scans to get comprehensive views of your oral cavity to determine the extent or degree of impaction. There are three types of impaction, namely, soft tissue impaction, partial bony impaction, and complete bony impaction.
Our oral surgeon will determine the type of impaction as well as assess whether your wisdom teeth pose any present or future problems to your oral and overall well-being. If yes, you’ll be scheduled for wisdom teeth removal.
On the day of your extraction, we ensure your comfort and relaxation by administering appropriate anesthesia. Some patients prefer to be sedated during this process. Let us know if sedation is something that you’d like, and we’ll accommodate your needs. Please ensure you don’t drink or eat anything for at least eight hours prior to your wisdom teeth extraction.
Wisdom teeth removal lasts approximately an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the patient’s unique circumstances. Bring someone along to accompany you, as you will likely be unable to drive yourself back home. We’ll share detailed instructions on how to care for yourself after wisdom teeth extraction. Ensure you follow these to the letter to facilitate timely healing.
If you would like to arrange your appointment or have any questions regarding wisdom teeth removal near you, contact Toronto East Maxillofacial Surgery today.