Wisdom Teeth Removal In Winnipeg
Have you had your wisdom teeth checked?
They may be putting your oral health at risk.
Sometimes, you’ll experience pain around your wisdom teeth. This is possibly a sign that they should be removed. We’ll check your wisdom teeth. If they need to be removed, you’ll be given all the information you need to make an informed decision.
With our compassionate, experienced team of dentists, you’re in good hands.
Reasons to have wisdom teeth removed
You may not need to have your wisdom teeth removed. We’ll only remove your wisdom teeth if there are signs that they could create oral health problems.
Your wisdom teeth may not need to be removed if they are:
- Fully erupted
- Properly aligned
- Easy to clean during your oral hygiene routine
Serious oral health problems can develop if your wisdom teeth don’t erupt fully. When they only emerge partially from the gum tissue, the area around them can become infected. From there, the roots of surrounding teeth, and even your jawbone, can become compromised. Wisdom teeth that are fully submerged under the gums can develop cysts and should be monitored in recall examinations if they are not taken out.
Chronic pain, gum disease, and tooth decay on your wisdom tooth are all signs that the tooth should be removed.
How wisdom teeth are removed
Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure, but it is not as invasive as you may think. It is an outpatient procedure, meaning that you’ll go home the same day.
Before your oral surgery, we’ll go over a number of options with you – your comfort and health are our top priorities. Most patients only require local anesthetic (freezing). For anxious patients, we have several options that help make them more comfortable such as oral sedation, nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) or a referral to an oral surgeon for I.V. sedation. What we use depends on the complexity of the extraction, and your level of comfort.
Once your tooth is extracted, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure your recovery is as speedy as possible.
First, you can expect a small amount of bleeding after surgery. This small amount is safe to swallow. We’ll give you instructions on what to do in the case of excessive bleeding.
There are things you should avoid after your surgery. Don’t smoke for at least 72 hours, and don’t chew tobacco or use a straw for at least a week. You’ll also want to drink a lot of water and eat only soft foods, like yogurt, for the first 24 hours. You can slowly reintroduce other foods over the following days.
Applying a cold compress (bag of ice wrapped in a towel) to the outside of the face near the surgical site will help to reduce swelling and pain. We may also prescribe pain medication and antibiotics. Many of our patients find over-the-counter painkillers are enough.
It is good practice to arrange for someone to pick you up after your appointment and if you have been given an oral sedative it is a must as you will not be able to operate heavy machinery for the day.
Wisdom tooth extraction is nothing to be afraid of – with proper aftercare and pain management techniques, many of our patients are back to their regular routines in no time at all. If you need your wisdom teeth extracted, call us today! We’re accepting new patients.
Make an appointment today!
The best way to prevent tooth problems is to visit your dentist regularly. Spotting potential issues and keeping your teeth in top shape is our specialty. Book an appointment with us and we can keep your smile healthy at your convenience!