One significant change our mouths and teeth go through is getting wisdom teeth. Hopefully your wisdom teeth come in a correct angle, remain healthy and help you chew. Wisdom teeth are the third molars that are supposed to come in later in life, generally around 17-23 years of age. It is around this age that young patients and their parents should pay close attention to the wisdom tooth area. Our team at Academy Dental are ready to help you once your wisdom teeth start coming in. We can check your wisdom teeth through Panorex x-rays and monitor their arrival at our dental offices. When space is limited it may be recommend to extract wisdom teeth before problems arrive. Learn more about wisdom teeth, why dental professionals encourage patients to get them removed, and the removal process. 

Why wisdom teeth needs to be extracted?

Wisdom teeth, can sometimes cause problems. It may need to be better to extract them before these problems get worst. Some problems may be:

  1. Impaction: When wisdom teeth don’t have enough space to grow they become partially impacted, they can create a pathway for bacteria to enter the gums, leading to gum disease and infection. Additionally, partially erupted wisdom teeth can develop cavities that cannot be fixed with fillings, necessitating removal.

  2. Pericoronitis: This condition occurs when the gum tissue around a partially erupted wisdom tooth becomes inflamed and infected. Symptoms include severe tooth pain, redness, swelling, discomfort in swallowing, and even pus.

  3. Cysts and Tumors: Sometimes, wisdom teeth can develop cysts or tumors. These growths can cause pain, swelling, and other complications, necessitating extraction.

  4. Widespread Tooth Decay: If wisdom teeth are difficult to clean due to their position at the back of the mouth, they may be prone to decay

Wisdom Teeth FAQs

Do I need sedation for the extraction of my wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth removal can indeed involve sedation, but it’s not always mandatory.  Before extracting wisdom teeth, local anesthesia will be administered. This numbs the tooth and the surrounding area, making the procedure pain-free. If you’re only mildly anxious, local anesthesia might be sufficient. Otherwise, Mild Sedation (Oral or Inhalation Sedation) may be use for which you will remain conscious but relaxed. 

For more advance levels of sedation such as Intravenous (IV) Sedation or General Anesthesia you may be referred to a specialized clinical facility 

Graphic representation of a x-ray view of wisdom teeth extracted by Dr. Samuel Dutil
Not sure about your wisdom teeth situation?

Ask for a consultation and we will help you and guide you through the steps.

Why Choosing Academy Dental for your Wisdom Teeth Extraction?

Our dental team at Academy Dental in Downtown Edmonton is trained and experienced in providing you the guidance you need with your wisdom teeth.

At Academy Dental, our experienced team of professionals takes the time to listen to your concerns and address your specific needs in a comfortable environment. Our general dentists have experience with helping you with the extraction of your wisdom teeth. In some cases, we may still refer you an oral surgeon and help you through that process.