Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom Teeth Extraction
at Vita Dental Wellness

Should I keep or remove my wisdom teeth?

Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine procedure. It's done via surgery, unlike a simple extraction where the tooth is easily accessible. Though, not everyone needs it. In some cases, you can keep your wisdom teeth.

Book an oral examination with one of our dentists in Chilliwack, BC, to see if you need a back molar taken out.

When Should I Consider Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

Wisdom teeth were vital for our hunter ancestors because their diet consisted of raw and hard food. As humans evolved and cooking tools evolved with them, there became no need for extreme biting and chewing.

We can soften the food and use utensils to cut it into smaller pieces. According to research, this is one of the reasons why the human jaw became smaller over time.

In general, you need to come in for an oral examination if there's an irregularity or pain in the area. Here are cases that may warrant a removal:

  • Impacted teeth causing discomfort or dental problems
  • Teeth coming in at an awkward position or pushing against adjacent teeth
  • The jaw is small and doesn't have enough room for the back molars
  • Gum disease around the molars
  • An abscess around the wisdom teeth

Your dentist may also recommend removing a back molar as a preventative measure and not as a solution to an existing problem.

Even if you have no pain on or around the tooth, your wisdom teeth may be removed to prevent potential risks. Early removal in the late teens or early 20s will also make the process easier since the teeth are still forming.

What Should I Expect During Wisdom Tooth Removal?

At Vita Dental Wellness, Dr. Seidlitz,Dr. Anand, and Dr. Atchison perform wisdom tooth extractions under oral sedation. This makes the procedure more comfortable, and many patients comment on how fast and easy it is.

Recovery After the Procedure

  • Blood will come out of the wound. Keep the gauze in place and replace it as instructed by your dentist to prevent excessive bleeding.
  • You may start to feel discomfort once the anesthesia wears off. Take your pain medication as prescribed. You can also use a cold pack to minimize swelling or ease discomfort.
  • Keep the rest of your day free. Avoid physically demanding activity for at least a week.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and avoid any sipping or spitting sensation to prevent the blood clot from getting dislodged.
  • In the meantime, go for a soft food diet to prevent irritation or too much pressure on the area.
  • Keep the area clean to avoid infections. You'll be able to brush and floss after 24 hours, but be careful, especially when rinsing your mouth.

Your dentist may ask you to return to the office if you need sutures removed.

When Should You Call Your Dentist?

A wisdom tooth extraction usually doesn't have complications. However, be sure to reach out to your dentist if you experience any of the following:

  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • High fever
  • Pain that won't go away even after taking medications
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Pus on the site
  • Persistent swelling
  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Your dentist may arrange a follow-up check after a week or so to assess your recovery, but feel free to contact them if you have questions regarding the procedure or the healing process.

Find Out if You Need a Wisdom Tooth Extraction
in Chilliwack, British Columbia

A wisdom tooth extraction can be a huge decision to make. It's important to understand why you need one and what choices you have.

At Vita Dental Wellness, we educate you on oral health to help you make smart decisions. A wisdom tooth extraction may not be for everyone, but if you need it, it helps to do it as soon as possible.

Contact us today to learn more about removing back molars, including the costs involved.