Dentistry In Oak Park

wisdom teethWisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come in and the ones least needed for good oral health. The third molars, or wisdom teeth, are called such because they develop when most individuals become adults (which is near 17 years of age).

Because our jaws are smaller than our ancestors’, our wisdom teeth may not have enough room to fit in our mouths properly. Therefore problems may result if these additional teeth attempt to emerge.

Most people have four wisdom teeth, one in each corner of the mouth, and often they are impacted (trapped in the jawbone and gums). Cramped for room, these impacted teeth grow in many different directions and removal may be recommended by your dentist to prevent potential problems.

Whether wisdom teeth cause your mouth harm depends on several factors, including the size of your jaw and how your wisdom teeth grow in. You may have no symptoms at all, but the other teeth in your mouth could be at risk for damage.

Potential Problems
If you learn the different ways wisdom teeth can develop and the problems that can arise, you’ll be better able to understand why you may need to have them removed. picture.... It is best to have wisdom teeth removed around 17 years of age because that is when they usually develop. Removal will be easer as the bone may not be as dense as in an older person. Also, recovery will be faster since the root usually have not yet fully developed.

Procedure For Removal
The procedure for removal begins with an evaluation of your dental and medical histories. You may also receive two types of x-rays; a panographic x-ray which examines individual teeth. The type and length of the surgery will depend upon how developed your wisdom teeth are erupted or impacted.

After Surgery
After surgery is completed, you’ll rest for a while under close observation as you recover from the anesthetic. You should probably plan to rest and take it easy for the next few days. Since swelling and pain are likely, you will most likely be given a prescription for pain medication as well as instructions for your home recovery.

The healing process begins immediately after surgery. The body sends blood to nourish the tooth socket. To control excessive bleeding, you may be instructed to bite down on a piece of gauze applying constant, direct pressure to the area. This helps a blood clot to form in the socket. In a day or two after surgery, soft tissue begins to fill in the opening. New bone tissue also begins to grow in the socket, becoming denser over the next two to three months.

It is recommended to drink clear liquids at first and a cold compress will also help with the soreness. You should not brush or floss the area near the surgery, but to continue to brush the rest of your teeth very carefully.

A follow-up visit may also be scheduled to verify that the socket is healing properly and that your mouth is returning to a normal healthy state. If you have any questions or when you’re recovering from your surgery, call us and we will immediately respond to your concerns.

 
MEET DR. MARGARET PLEWIK
Dr. Margaret Plewik started her dental practice Dentistry in Oak Park in the new developing area in Oakville in 2000. She was excited to see the North Oakville neighborhoods to change and develop rapidly and always felt privileged to be a family dentist of its many residents of different ages and backgrounds. Dr. Margaret Plewik

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