Wisdom teeth are the four molars in the farthest corners of your mouth that tend to emerge in your early adult years. If the mouth has room, the teeth can stay; however, most people cannot keep their wisdom teeth in Stoney Creek and will need to have them removed for various reasons.
Hamilton Wisdom Teeth Removal Process
Generally, the process involves numbing the extraction site with a local anesthetic and pulling the tooth. If the teeth are only partially grown in or haven’t grown in at all, surgery is required to cut open the gums and remove the tooth, at which point stitches will be placed. Cotton gauze is then placed over the site to help stop the bleeding after the procedure.
The Healing Process
The healing time for this procedure is approximately 10 days. To avoid disrupting the process, patients should not consume hot drinks or soups, consume hard foods, or drink through straws. Those foods and activities can dislodge the blood clot that has formed in the socket where the tooth used to be. The loss of this blood clot is known as dry socket.
To relieve pain and swelling during the healing process, patients can ice each side of the face for 10 minutes at a time in addition to taking pain medications. To learn more about this procedure or any of the other services we offer, contact the team at Gateshead Dental.
Reasons to remove your wisdom teeth in Stoney Creek
This is a common procedure that is undertaken for a number of reasons, some of which are:
Lack of space in the mouth to accommodate the teeth
Misalignment (the teeth will grow in sideways, at times poking into the cheeks or causing constant biting into the cheeks)
Impacted teeth, which is a scenario where the wisdom teeth will grow into the surrounding teeth, causing painful pressure and shifting
Gum flaps that form over the teeth, which have only partly broken through the gums. This can trap food and bacteria between the gum and tooth
Swelling or decay from an inability to clean the teeth properly
Schedule an Appointment today for Wisdom Tooth Removal in Stoney Creek! Opt for safe, comfortable wisdom tooth removal in Stoney Creek with Gateshead Dental.