Our team at Access Dental is proud to offer wisdom teeth removal services to the Grande Prairie community.
Your Wisdom Teeth
We have all been there before when it comes to getting wisdom teeth removed. For those lucky few that have never had to have the procedure, way to go! For those of us who haven’t been as lucky, we’re all familiar with the feeling of wisdom teeth emerging through the gums.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth or “third molars” are as important as your other teeth, but can be more prone to problems once they break through gum tissue. They are the last teeth to erupt, usually between the ages of 17 to 21.
Once a wisdom tooth erupts, there is often too little space in your mouth to accommodate that additional tooth. If there is a lack of space or the teeth only partially come in, you may experience discomfort, infection or facial swelling.
Wisdom teeth problems may cause discomfort.
Our team of dental professionals at Access Dental can help alleviate discomfort with a customized treatment plan.
We often team up with oral surgeons in the area to assist with more difficult wisdom teeth extractions or for patients interested in general anesthesia.
Why would I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?
We may recommend that you have your wisdom teeth extracted to correct an issue or prevent problems that may arise in the future. When wisdom teeth come in, they can affect the the structural integrity of your smile. What does that mean for you?
- Your jaw may not be large enough for your wisdom teeth, thus your wisdom teeth may be unable to break through your gums.
- Wisdom teeth may break partway through your gums, causing a flap of gum tissue to grow over the wisdom teeth where food and other germs can get trapped.
- Impacted teeth can be susceptible to infection, tooth and bone damage, or cyst lesions.
- One or more wisdom teeth may erupt at an awkward angle (top facing forward, backward or side-to-side).
- Although some wisdom teeth do not cause problems immediately, we may recommend, as a preventative and permanent measure, to remove these teeth.
What can I expect during the appointment?
- At the consult appointment, you will meet the doctor that will be performing the surgery.Patients from referring offices usually have their x-rays taken before and are forwarded to our clinic prior to this meeting.Depending on case complexity and proximity to anatomical structures such as nerves, we might be required to take additional 3D imaging.If we feel that we can provide the highest standard of care, we will proceed with planning the surgery. Otherwise, we may refer our patient to a specialist’s office.A few levels of sedation are available and explained. For more difficult cases and for anxious patients, IV sedation is recommended.Many times patients ask if we “freeze” the area and the answer is yes.After the person is sedated and comfortable, local anesthetic is used to numb the tooth that we are removing.There are a few pills that are given prior to surgery to help with healing after surgery. These medications help by decreasing swelling and pain.
- As far as aftercare is concerned, here are a few friendly tips on how to best care for your mouth after a wisdom teeth extraction:
- Bite gently on the gauze pad periodically and change pads often.
- While your mouth is numb, don’t bite the inside of your cheek, lip or tongue.
- Don’t lie flat, it will prolong bleeding. Use pillows to prop up your head.
- Apply an ice pack on the outside of your cheek every 15 to 20 minutes for the first 24 hours.
- After the first day, gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
- Make sure to take all prescribed medication as instructed.
- Call us if pain intensifies.
Post surgical complications such as dry sockets occur in a small percentage of cases. We are available for our patients after hours to assist with any complications that might arise.
Your Access Dental Team Can Help!
Don’t let wisdom teeth stand in the way of you achieving optimal dental health.
Equipped with a dedicated team of dentists and friendly, professional staff, Access Dental is here to help! Visit our office in Grande Prairie, Alberta and start seeing results today!
We also serve the surrounding communities of Clairmont, Valleyview, Peace River, High Level, High Prairie, Wembley, Sexsmith and beyond.