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What you need to know about

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, typically erupt between 17 and 21 years old, completing the set of 32 teeth, but not everyone develops them.

Complications can arise, necessitating their removal, which is usually a straightforward procedure but can become complex based on tooth placement.

At Dental Choice, we provide wisdom teeth removal services in Alberta. If you are experiencing issues with your wisdom teeth, feel free to contact us or schedule an appointment online!

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Some of the common

Reasons To Need Wisdom Teeth Removed

There are several main issues wisdom teeth may cause requiring removal, including:

  • Impaction – Lack of jaw space causes wisdom teeth to shift and come in at improper angles, leading to pain and issues with neighboring molars, usually requiring in removal.
  • Infection – With their location at the back of the mouth, oral hygiene becomes challenging. Removing infected wisdom teeth is often more effective than treatments or fillings.
  • Lesions – If the gum tissue surrounding wisdom teeth is adversely affected, it may be necessary to undergo wisdom teeth removal.
  • Bone Loss – Insufficient bone structure around a wisdom tooth may necessitate its removal for optimal oral health.

If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort from your wisdom teeth, it is essential to speak with one of our skilled dentists at Dental Choice. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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What is involved with the

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Procedure?

The wisdom tooth extraction procedure typically involves several steps.

  • Firstly, the dentist will administer local anesthesia or sedation to ensure your comfort during the procedure.
  • Then, they will make an incision in the gum tissue to access the tooth and may need to remove any bone blocking the tooth.
  • The tooth will be carefully extracted using specialized instruments, and if necessary, the tooth may be divided into sections for easier removal.
  • After the tooth is removed, the area will be cleaned, and any debris or infection will be addressed.
  • Finally, the incision will be stitched closed, and post-operative instructions will be provided for proper healing and recovery.


Frequently Asked Questions About Wisdom Teeth

Why would I need my wisdom teeth removed?

Many people do not have enough space in their jaws for wisdom teeth to come into the mouth normally. If a wisdom tooth comes in part way, this can make it difficult to clean the area, leading to infection of the gums, and cavities. Sometimes, the tooth next to the wisdom tooth may also be affected. In addition, wisdom teeth may contribute to the crowding of other teeth. Because wisdom teeth typically come in around the age of 17, parents are encouraged to bring their children in for a thorough dental exam when they reach their early teens. Digital X-rays will help determine when and if oral surgery is necessary for wisdom teeth removal. This removal procedure is called wisdom teeth extraction.

Here are signs you may need your wisdom teeth removed:

  • Your wisdom teeth come in crooked
  • There isn’t enough room in your mouth
  • Your wisdom teeth are hard to clean
  • You notice swelling developing around the tooth
  • You’re experiencing pain or discomfort
  • Sore, swollen or bleeding gums
  • Jaw pain or swelling
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty eating
  • Difficulty opening your mouth

Do I have to get my wisdom teeth removed?

Some people have no problems with their wisdom teeth. Often, however, there isn’t enough room in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to grow in properly. They might crowd other teeth, grow in crooked, grow in only partially or never erupt from the gums at all. As a result, wisdom teeth can cause several oral health problems for young adults. A Dental Choice dentist can help you figure out whether impacted wisdom teeth are causing your symptoms and what the best course of action might be.

How much will it cost to have my wisdom teeth removed?

The price for wisdom tooth removal varies, depending on the number of wisdom teeth being extracted, whether they are impacted or not and the use of a local anesthetic versus sedation or general anesthesia.

Does everyone need to have their wisdom teeth removed?

Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. However, many individuals experience complications or risks associated with wisdom teeth, which may necessitate their removal.

Is wisdom teeth removal a painful procedure?

Wisdom teeth removal is usually performed under anesthesia, ensuring minimal to no pain during the procedure. Post-operative pain can be managed with appropriate pain medications as prescribed by your dentist.

What is the recovery period like after wisdom teeth removal?

The recovery period after wisdom teeth removal typically lasts a few days to a week. You may experience swelling, discomfort, and slight bleeding during the initial days, which can be managed with proper care and rest.

Are there any risks or complications associated with wisdom teeth removal?

Like any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications with wisdom teeth removal, including infection, dry socket, nerve damage, and sinus complications. However, these complications are relatively rare and can be minimized with proper care and guidance from your dentist.

At what age should wisdom teeth be removed?

The ideal age for wisdom teeth removal varies for each individual. Generally, it is recommended to remove wisdom teeth during the late teens or early twenties before they cause complications or damage to neighboring teeth.

How long does the wisdom teeth removal procedure take?

The duration of the wisdom teeth removal procedure depends on various factors, such as the complexity of the case and the number of teeth being extracted. On average, the procedure can range from 30 minutes to one hour.

Schedule a Wisdom Teeth Exam with Dental Choice!

If you are concerned you may require your wisdom teeth to be removed, schedule a wisdom teeth exam with one of our experienced dentists at Dental Choice today!


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