Are your wisdom teeth causing you pain or discomfort? Perhaps you haven’t noticed, but are wondering when the right time is to consider wisdom teeth removal.
What are wisdom teeth, and why remove them?
Wisdom teeth are your third molars, and typically grow in around the ages of 17-25. Wisdom teeth grow in differently for everyone, and in rare cases, don’t come in at all. Sometimes there is simply not enough space in the mouth for your wisdom teeth, and they become impacted, meaning they get trapped under your jawbone and/or gums by other teeth. In some cases, only part of the tooth erupts – this can lead to food particles getting caught underneath the flaps of the gum tissue causing bacteria to form, leading to infection, swelling, decay, or gum disease.
Some people experience no pain at all from their wisdom teeth, however, there is always the chance problems could arise down the line. Regular dental exams for teens and young adults in their 20’s are important so your dentist can examine your mouth by X-ray and keep an eye on your wisdom teeth. Removing your wisdom teeth early can mean lowering the risk of complications and quicker healing - with age comes fuller root formation and additional factors that can affect the healing process after wisdom tooth extraction.
Sedation options for wisdom teeth extraction
Our dental clinic in Fort Saskatchewan offers sedation options to patients who are undergoing wisdom teeth removal. This includes a local anesthetic (freezing), nitrous oxide (laughing gas), and oral sedation options to help put you at ease prior to and during the procedure.
If you have any questions about your wisdom teeth, or would like to know more about the wisdom teeth removal procedure, give our dental office a call to schedule an appointment – we’re here to help! (780) 998-7165.
Dr. Christie Schmidt
Dr. Patricia Kenny
Dr. Levi Ross
201 - 10010 88 Ave.
Fort Saskatchewan, AB