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Wisdom tooth extraction is one of the most common dental procedures; most people will have at least one of their wisdom teeth removed, and often all four are extracted to prevent complications.
We will keep a close eye on your developing wisdom teeth, watching for any potential issues and suggesting treatment where necessary. We aim for the highest level of comfort and the quickest recovery time possible after a wisdom tooth extraction, and pride ourselves on timing.
There are a number of reasons a wisdom tooth may require extraction. They may come in crooked, putting the rest of your teeth at risk of shifting, or become impacted. Sometimes wisdom teeth only partially erupt, making it easy for bacteria and food particles to become trapped under the remaining gum tissue. If we see a problem developing, we may advise extraction to prevent it from becoming serious.
Removing a wisdom tooth is usually fairly simple, especially if the patient is young. If the tooth is fully or partially erupted, the extraction can often be completed simply by freezing the jaw and removing the tooth while the patient is awake. If all four teeth are being removed at once, or there are complications around the tooth, the procedure may be completed (at a hospital) under IV or oral sedation or a combination of oral sedation and laughing gas (where the patient can be put to sleep). Once the area has been frozen and/or the patient is sedated (put under), the tooth will be carefully removed and the wound sealed or packed. Home care instructions will be provided to ensure a proper recovery.
Recovery can take anywhere from a couple of days to a week or two, depending on the number of teeth removed and how complicated the removal was. If you experience excessive pain, continued bleeding, or other abnormal symptoms, call our office immediately.