"Is It Time To Take My Wisdom Teeth Out?"
Of all people in the world, only 35% are born without any wisdom teeth. As the human mouth has continued to develop over the centuries, they have reached a point where most people are unable to support these teeth, also known as third molars. As a result, it is often necessary to have these teeth removed before they cause lasting damage to neighboring teeth or other dental complications. Every year our doctors at Dunwin Dental help patients in the Mississauga area relieve pain and support lasting oral health by removing problematic wisdom teeth.
Symptoms of Wisdom Teeth
- Increasing pain in your molars
- Notice that teeth are shifting out of place
- Your gums have become swollen and painful near the molars
Wisdom Teeth Extraction and What To Expect
Your First Appointment
You will have a consultation with one of our dentists to discuss whether extraction is necessary. Some people still retain enough room in their mouths to allow their wisdom teeth to grow in. If your wisdom teeth erupt without causing any problems with the neighboring teeth, and you’re able to brush and floss them normally, there’s no reason to have them removed. They can be challenging to take care of due to their placement, but a little extra care will ensure there are no additional problems if there’s room for them.
Your Surgical Appointment (If Necessary)
Once you’ve been evaluated, you’ll schedule a second appointment where the treatment of your third molars can begin.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction After Care
- Keep the extraction site clean and free of debris for the first couple of weeks after the wisdom teeth removal.
- Take all medications exactly as prescribed by your surgeon.
- Avoid sucking through a straw for the first several days after surgery, and notify your surgeon if you experience fever or discomfort that worsens after a few days.
What Symptoms Will Let Me Know I Have Wisdom Teeth?
Many people know they have wisdom teeth before they ever become a problem thanks to regular visits to their dentist. This is just the first of the many reasons seeing your dentist twice a year is an essential part of good dental health. You may also discover that you have wisdom teeth when you experience increasing pain in your molars, notice that teeth are shifting out of place, or that your gums have become swollen and painful near the molars. Regular dental imaging will help you ensure you can avoid these problems by having them removed before they become impacted.