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Wisdom Tooth Extraction in Fort Saskatchewan

Wisdom teeth bothering you? Life Dentistry is here to help! All services are performed by a general dentist.

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are located at the back of the mouth, behind the molars. If you can’t see them, they may not have surfaced yet. Generally, individuals have four wisdom teeth, one in each quadrant of the dental arches, but variations in the number of these teeth can occur.

Typically emerging in the teen years, wisdom teeth are the largest teeth we have, supported by substantial root systems that contribute to their complexity. While dentigerous cysts are not common, they can pose a risk by causing damage to neighboring teeth without noticeable symptoms. Regular checkups are essential to monitor the health of the structures in the back of the mouth. These cysts often develop at the tips of the roots of wisdom teeth and can erode bone as they grow. If you observe any swelling in the mouth or notice your teeth shifting, it’s crucial to see your dentist promptly. Early detection and intervention are key to addressing potential issues associated with wisdom teeth.


Understanding Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth often face challenges during their emergence, and dentists describe them as impacted when they get stuck in the process. Limited space is a primary reason for this, as the substantial size of wisdom teeth can exceed the available room along the dental arches. Consequently, these teeth may become trapped in the bone tissue, gum tissue, or both. Another common form of impaction involves the tooth being partially exposed while remaining partly covered by gum tissue.

When impacted teeth persist in the mouth, they can lead to the erosion of the root systems of the molars at the back. To prevent such issues, impacted wisdom teeth are typically removed before they have a chance to cause damage. Regular checkups, including 3D digital imaging to assess the position of the teeth in relation to their fully emerged neighbors, are crucial for identifying potential impaction early on and facilitating timely intervention. This proactive approach ensures the removal of impacted wisdom teeth before they can adversely affect adjacent structures.

Partially covered impacted teeth are particularly susceptible to infection due to the ease with which food and bacteria can become trapped under the flap of tissue covering them. Positioned far back in the mouth, this scenario can quickly lead to infection. If you experience pain, swelling, difficulty opening your mouth, or notice a bad taste emanating from the back of your mouth, it’s an indication that you should see a dentist. Leaving these infections untreated poses a health risk and may necessitate the use of antibiotics to address the infection before the impacted tooth can be removed. Prompt dental intervention is crucial in such cases to prevent the infection from worsening and causing additional complications. If you observe any of these symptoms, seeking dental care promptly can help manage and resolve the issue effectively.

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Dealing with Tooth Infections and Impacted Wisdom Teeth

If you haven’t experienced an injury, bleeding from the mouth is unlikely, but you might be experiencing pain related to your wisdom teeth. If your discomfort persists despite over-the-counter painkillers, it’s crucial to schedule an emergency appointment with a dentist.

Signs of infection associated with wisdom teeth may include mouth swelling, difficulty in opening and closing your mouth, and a bitter or metallic taste emanating from the affected area. If you notice a white or yellow pimple-like appearance on the gums around your wisdom teeth, it may indicate an abscess. Avoid popping it if it hasn’t burst on its own. Even without visible signs of a pimple, prompt attention is necessary if you suspect an infection.

Contact our dentist’s office immediately for an emergency appointment. Our Dentists typically keep appointment slots open throughout the day for emergencies. Prompt attention is essential, as infections related to wisdom teeth can be serious.

While awaiting professional help, applying an ice pack to the outside of the cheek can provide relief. Avoid using hot compresses, as they may increase the level of pain associated with wisdom tooth infections. Don’t delay seeking treatment, as early intervention is crucial for addressing issues related to wisdom teeth.

Sinus and Nerve Complications Associated with Wisdom Teeth

If your tooth has been hit and is knocked out or loose, it’s crucial to see a dentist within 30 minutes for the best chance of saving the tooth. Preserve any pieces of the tooth you can find and bring them with you to the dentist, as they may be used to restore the tooth using white filling material.

If the entire tooth has been knocked out, hold it at the top (avoiding the root) and rinse it before attempting to gently reinsert it into the socket. Secure it in place by biting down gently. If reinsertion isn’t possible, keep the tooth in your cheek until you reach a dental clinic. Notably, if a child has had a baby tooth knocked out, it should not be reinserted, as doing so can harm the adult tooth.

We are here to assist you! If you have any questions about this or other services provided by our general dentist, feel free to contact our clinic today. Your prompt action and seeking professional help can significantly impact the potential for saving the tooth.

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