At Belmont Dental in Toronto, our dentists recommend tooth extractions for patients for many different reasons. Sometimes it's because of a tooth that is poorly positioned in a patient's mouth. In other cases, tooth extractions are recommended to remedy badly decayed teeth, abscesses, serious gum disease or simply to prepare for orthodontic treatment.
Wisdom teeth are molars that erupt behind your regular molars, often referred to as '3rd Molars'.
Will a tooth extraction be painful?
At Belmont Dental, tooth extractions are no longer a painful process. We begin by placing a local anaesthetic to the area surrounding your tooth so that you will not feel pain while your tooth is extracted.
Using precise instruments, we will carefully remove the tooth. If anything becomes uncomfortable for you during the procedure, our caring team will be listening and ready to help make you comfortable.
What happens after the extraction?
During your extraction appointment, our attentive team will explain how you will care for your mouth after the extraction.
By following some simple steps, you can prevent any problems following extraction. Eating soft foods like ice cream, pudding, soups, applesauce, and smoothies will allow you to heal quicker. You can slowly add solid foods back into your diet – just follow your post-surgical treatment plan.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
When is it a smart choice?
In most people, wisdom teeth start to come through the gums between the ages of 16 to 25. Most people develop four wisdom teeth, but some people may have three or less. In fact, some people never develop wisdom teeth at all.
How will I know if my wisdom teeth need to be removed?
If our experienced team at Belmont Dental are concerned about your wisdom teeth, during your regular check-up, we will take an x-ray to examine their position. Depending on your age and the position of the teeth and whether or not your mouth can accommodate the teeth, we may recommend waiting to observe how your wisdom teeth progress or proceeding with treatment.
What are some other reasons that my wisdom teeth may need to be removed?
Your wisdom teeth may be impacted, misaligned and poking or rubbing on your cheeks or tongue, causing irritation. If there is not enough room for them in your mouth, the wisdom teeth can cause crowding and shifting among the rest of your teeth. They can also be very difficult to keep clean because they are so far back in your mouth and may develop decay.
What is an impacted wisdom tooth?
If a wisdom tooth is impacted, it is growing into your mouth sideways instead of straight up or down. If an impacted wisdom tooth is not removed at the ideal time, it can cause damage to the teeth next to it and potentially trigger significant pain.
What will happen during the wisdom teeth extraction procedure?
During a wisdom tooth extraction, a patient is typically under sedation or general anaesthesia. You should not experience any pain during the procedure. As always, your Belmont Dental team will provide a high level of surgical care.
What will I need to do after my wisdom teeth are removed?
During your appointment, our attentive team will explain how you will care for your mouth after the extraction. By following some simple steps, you can prevent any problems following extraction. In most cases we'll recommend biting on gauze to keep pressure on the extraction point following surgery, regular application of ice to the area, and eating soft foods for several days.
What types of foods can I eat following the procedure?
After your procedure, we recommend eating soft foods like smoothies, apple sauce, ice cream and pudding – just to name a few. As you heal, you can add solid foods back into your diet.
If you would like more information on tooth and wisdom teeth extractions, please contact our Toronto dental team today.