Wisdom Teeth
in Ellenbrook

Some people are lucky enough to have their wisdom teeth come in straight with enough room around them to be cleaned. Most people, however, do not have this luxury. Your wisdom tooth may not be causing you dental pain now, but it may in the future.

What is
Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Your wisdom teeth are the third, also the last, set of molars to appear in your mouth, usually between ages 17 and 25. They may not have room to grow into their ideal position because of crowding or other issues with your jaw.
If wisdom teeth don’t come out on their own, they can become infected or impacted. A partially impacted wisdom tooth is more likely to become infected because its shape and angle make it harder to clean. Various bacteria can cause an infection in and around wisdom teeth. The infection might spread to other parts of the mouth and head.
If you’re experiencing any discomfort with your wisdom teeth, we recommend coming in for an examination as soon as possible. We’ll tell if there is anything wrong and offer dental treatment options to alleviate the dental pain. The most effective treatment option for impacted wisdom teeth is to remove them before they give you pain.

Benefits of
Removing Your Wisdom Teeth

The following are some of the benefits of having your wisdom teeth removed:

Why Choose
Ellen Stirling Dental
in Ellenbrook for Your Wisdom Teeth Removal

Do you want to know if your wisdom teeth are impacted?
At Ellen Stirling Dental, we believe that healthy and functional wisdom teeth should not be removed. If your wisdom teeth are healthy and serve a good function for eating, we recommend keeping them. After all, why remove teeth if it’s not necessary? All you need to do is brush and floss them every day, just like all your other teeth.
Our practice aims to provide the best dental care in a friendly and relaxed environment. If you’re unsure whether wisdom teeth removal is right for you, then see us at Ellen Stirling Dental. The best way to know is to have a general examination so we can fully assess your unique situation and give you individual information about your wisdom teeth, as well as advise you on the health of your other teeth.
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FAQ'S About Wisdom Teeth Extractions

You should have your wisdom teeth removed for the following reasons:

  • They may grow in sideways and put pressure against neighbouring teeth, causing them to shift.
  • They may only partially emerge, allowing bacteria to thrive and cause infection.
  • They may not erupt at all and just sit below the gums.

Fully impacted wisdom teeth are totally below the gum tissue, whereas partially erupted wisdom teeth break through the gum tissue but cannot fully emerge. Because there is an opening where bacteria can enter the tooth, a partial eruption is more likely to result in gum infection, gum disease, or tooth decay. The following symptoms characterize impacted teeth:

  • Severe pain in the back of the mouth
  • Pain or swelling in the gums
  • Pain or stiffness in the jaw
  • Sensitivity around the partially erupted tooth
  • Headaches

We may recommend the extraction of your impacted wisdom teeth if they cause symptoms or dental issues. It is usually an outpatient procedure.

Your dentist may use anaesthesia during the surgery, such as local anaesthetic to numb your mouth, sedation anaesthesia to relax you and block discomfort, or general anaesthesia to put you to sleep and make you feel nothing.

Before removing the tooth, the dentist will make a cut in your gums and remove any problematic bone. They’ll stitch the incision closed and cover it with gauze. The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour.

As you recover from surgery, you’ll gradually regain sensation in your mouth. It’s common to have some discomfort and swelling. There will be blood in your mouth on the first day of healing. You’ll be given directions on when and how to take prescribed pain medications.

We recommend that you have someone else drive you home, especially if you were administered general anaesthesia. After surgery, you can eat very soft foods, but you should avoid alcohol, caffeine, and smoking.

After wisdom tooth surgery, most people recover fully within three to four days. If your teeth were impacted or came in at the wrong angle, it may take a week for them to heal. The surgical wound won’t be completely healed for months, so an infection can still develop weeks after surgery. Take care of yourself and stay on the lookout for any infections.

We recommend getting your wisdom teeth removed between the ages of 16 and 20 since they do not have enough room to grow. Since the jaw is too small for the teeth to erupt naturally, they can grow at various angles, even horizontally.

Another reason to have an impacted tooth removed while you’re younger is that your wisdom tooth roots extend further as you get older. The bone that holds them in place gets denser. If teeth are extracted later, it may be more challenging and may take you longer to recover. Wisdom teeth extraction when you are younger may result in better results.

A wisdom teeth removal procedure usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour.

A wisdom tooth removal cost can be anywhere between $300 and $500 per tooth. It can go up to $2,000 to $3,000 per tooth with local, sedation, or general anaesthesia.

Wisdom tooth extraction costs vary depending on factors like how complex the surgical procedure is, what type of sedation is used, and how many wisdom teeth need to be removed.

After a wisdom tooth extraction, we will give you at-home care instructions, as well as a list of what to avoid, including:

  • During the first two days after surgery, eat only soft foods like smoothies, soups, scrambled eggs, and mashed potatoes. It is vital to avoid foods that are very hot because they can burn the surgery site, nuts or seeds because they might get stuck in the surgical wound, and drinking through a straw or slurping vigorously from a spoon because it can ruin the stitches or dislodge your blood clot.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol, soda, coffee, or hot beverages during the first 24 hours.
  • Smoking or vaping should be avoided for one week following surgery to prevent dry sockets.
  • Twenty-four hours following surgery, it is not recommended to brush, spit, or rinse the mouth.
  • The day after surgery, you can get back to normal activities, but avoid any intense activity that could dislodge stitches or the blood clot over your wound.

These are some of the potential complications with wisdom teeth removal:

  • Bleeding: For the first few hours, bleeding is to be expected. On the other hand, persistent bleeding could suggest that no blood clot is developing where your teeth used to be, that stitches have come undone, or that the hole left by your wisdom tooth never closed. If the bleeding issue persists, you should contact your dentist.

  • Dry socket: A blood clot forms over your tooth socket after your wisdom teeth are removed. This blood clot is critical for wound protection and the repair of your bone and dental nerve endings. The blood clot must remain in place until your wisdom tooth holes have completed the healing process. If this clot becomes dislodged, not only will your wisdom teeth removal recovery time be prolonged, but the infection-prone socket where your wisdom tooth once resided will remain exposed. It will also be painful. Should you suspect a dry socket, call your dentist right away.

  • Infection: Swelling and discomfort are normal after a wisdom tooth extraction. They are also the most common signs of infected wisdom tooth holes. If these symptoms persist a few days following your extraction, you should be concerned. Yellowish discharge, a terrible taste or smell in your mouth, and potentially even a fever are more obvious signs of an infection after wisdom teeth surgery.

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