At Expressions Dental Care, our Richmond Hill family dentists provide wisdom teeth removal.
Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that surface in the back of your mouth. For most, wisdom teeth surface between the ages of 16 to 25.
No, not all wisdom teeth need to be removed – it’s very subjective and based on the dental situation of each individual patient.
Wisdom teeth typically don’t need to be removed if they’re healthy, have grown in completely (meaning they’re fully erupted), are positioned correctly and bite properly with the opposing teeth on the upper or lower jaw, and are able to be be properly cleaned and flossed in a patient’s daily hygiene practices.
Any pain and swelling you have should improve each day, but call the dentist if you experience any of the following:
If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment, please contact us.
Besides some temporary bleeding, discomfort, swelling and bruising after surgery, most patients recover quickly.
To prevent potential problems after removing wisdom teeth, it is important to adhere to the following post-extraction healing instructions:
Apply ice packs to the outside of your mouth intermittently (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off) for up to two days to minimize swelling, bruising or any discomfort. If your tooth was infected prior to removal, the dentist may ask you to use warm, moist compresses rather than ice.
Expect some bleeding for 30 minutes after surgery. A gauze pad will be applied over the extraction site to help stop the bleeding. For heavier bleeding, bite down on a gauze pad or place your fingers over the pad consistently for 30 minutes before removing it. Another alternative is to use a moistened tea bag for the same amount of time. The tannic acid in the tea contracts the bleeding vessels, which helps the blood clot set.
Limit eating, drinking and talking for the first two hours following treatment, and plan to rest for the remainder of the day. To keep from dislodging the blood clot, don't rinse vigorously or use a straw when drinking. Additionally, avoid rigorous exercise for a few days, as well as smoking or spitting excessively on the day of the surgery or as long as there is bleeding. After 12 hours, you can gently rinse with a diluted mouthwash or a salt water rinse. Carefully brush your teeth the night of the surgery, but avoid the surgical area as best you can.
After the bleeding stops, drink lots of lukewarm or cold fluids to keep hydrated. Eat regular meals, but begin with clear liquids and soft foods. Puddings, gelatins, eggs, mashed potatoes and cooked cereals are good choices, as are vegetables, meats and fruits that have been liquefied in a blender. To avoid dislodging the blood clot, avoid drinking carbonated beverages and eating foods like popcorn, peanuts, and pasta that may leave particles in your socket.
Take prescribed pain medications and antibiotics for infection exactly as directed by the dentist. If you are taking a strong narcotic pain medication, you'll be asked not to drive or operate machinery, and to avoid alcoholic beverages.