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Wisdom Tooth Removal

Generally, wisdom teeth (molars) do not appear until late teens and early twenties, and it is very common to have them extracted to avoid problems such as overcrowding or infection. Though most people experience no problems with their wisdom teeth, it’s a good idea to consult with your dentist if you feel yours might be an issue.

  • Crowding Wisdom teeth can crowd other teeth in your jaw, causing them to shift. This leads to discomfort, crooked smiles, and an even contribute to tooth loss.
  • Cleaning Wisdom teeth are often partially covered with gum tissue, making them difficult to clean and providing a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause decay or other problems in time.
  • Infection Bacteria growing around the gum line of hard to clean wisdom teeth can cause infection, which can then spread to other parts of your body.

If your dentist recommends removing your wisdom teeth, the procedure is straightforward. At Do Dentistry we do the surgery in-house, under either local or general anesthesia. (The difference is for local you are awake for the procedure, and under general you are asleep.) Your dentist will remove the entire tooth down to the root.

You will not be able to drive after the procedure due to the use of anaesthetic, so be sure to plan a ride ahead of time.

It will be about a week before you can chew solid food again. The stitches will dissolve as your gum heals, usually within one or two weeks.

Take it easy during your healing period. If you cannot miss a day of work, try to schedule your tooth removal before a weekend or break. This will ensure that you have some time to recover.