10850 Yonge St., Unit 2
Richmond Hill, ON L4C 3E4

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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Creating smiles…

Wisdom teeth are the third-last permanent molars. Most people have four wisdom teeth, two in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw. These teeth are commonly called wisdom teeth because they usually erupt between the ages of 16 to 21, known as the ‘age of wisdom’.

A wisdom tooth is impacted when it is obstructed from erupting fully into the mouth by the tooth in front of it or the surrounding bone or gums.

Improperly erupted wisdom teeth are breeding grounds for bacteria and may cause tooth decay, sometimes even affecting the neighbouring teeth.

Infection of the overlying gums can take place as well, resulting in pain and swelling. More serious problems such as the formation of cysts or tumors around an impacted tooth can occur, leading to destruction of the surrounding jawbone and neighbouring teeth.

These conditions may require complex and extensive treatment. As problems can develop silently, without your knowledge, a check-up with your dentist is thus advisable.

Your initial visit to the dentist would include an examination of your mouth and X-rays to determine the position of the wisdom teeth, their condition and the status of the adjacent teeth and bone.

To prevent problems associated with impacted wisdom teeth, it is advisable to remove them early.

The best time to remove them would be during the teenage years, before the roots of the teeth are fully formed and firmly embedded in the jawbone. Healing is also better during this period, with less risk of complications.

Wisdom tooth surgery

This is a minor surgical procedure that can usually be performed with little discomfort. The procedure can be performed under local anaesthesia (with or without sedation to control anxiety) or general anaesthesia.

Your surgeon will advise you on the type most appropriate for your needs. The surgery involves uncovering the tooth by lifting the overlying gums aside to expose the tooth and bone.

The tooth may need to be sectioned in order to remove it. The gums are then stitched back.

After surgery, some minor bleeding from the wound can be expected, which can be controlled by biting on a piece of gauze over the operation area for about half an hour. Facial swelling and discolouration of the overlying skin will also develop, increasing for the first 72 hours and subsiding thereafter.

You may not be able to open your mouth as wide as usual for a few days. Painkillers, antibiotics and an antiseptic mouthwash are usually prescribed after the surgery.

You will be advised to maintain good oral hygiene and also to keep to a soft diet for a few days following surgery.

Testimonials

  • I used to visit Dr. Rostami back in Arizona few years ago. I was on my business trip in Toronto last week and all of a sudden before my meeting one of my front teeth filling came out while I was flossing, shocked and didn’t know what to do, thanks god I remembered  my Canadian dentist back in Mesa, couple of minutes search in the Internet I looked her up and she saw me the same day. I just want to say how I appreciated your help and we all in Arizona have  missed you doc.

    Simon Goli

  • Thank you very much! It was so easy to recommend your office to my husband. My family had seen Rita Rostami for years and now Rita Rostami is really great! Anytime someone I know needs a dentist, I’ll refer them to you. Thank you again,

    Peter Jackson

  • I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated you getting me in on such short notice. Your compassion and understanding has contributed to my strength. Lorrie and the rest of your staff take the steps to make me feel comfortable and at ease. I look forward to seeing you at my treatments

    Smith Jones

10850 Yonge St, Unit#2
Richmond Hill, ON L4C 3E4

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