Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom Tooth Extraction In Langley BC
Prevent Wisdom Tooth Problems
Wisdom tooth problems are one of the most common dental problems among the late teens and early twenties (between 17 and 24 years of age) when it erupts from your gums. They are the last molars, one in each corner, at the back of your mouth. However, some people may not develop wisdom tooth at all.
Wisdom Tooth Problems
Though not everyone develops wisdom tooth problems and needs extraction, some people do. The Canadian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons explain that the position of the impacted wisdom tooth should dictate whether they should be removed or not. The extraction is normally done by an experienced dentist or an oral maxillofacial surgeon.
Reasons for Removal of Wisdom Tooth
- Severely decayed tooth
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Broken in a way that cannot be repaired
- Poor position in the mouth (such as impacted teeth) causing infection, swelling and pain
- In preparation for orthodontic treatment
Antibiotics can temporarily relieve you of symptoms but the permanent solution is to get the troublesome wisdom tooth extracted.
Studies show that early evaluation and treatment of the problematic wisdom tooth results in superior outcome for the patient.
Book an appointment for consultation to prevent any complications, even before your wisdom teeth evolves into a medical problem and needs extraction. Contact us at (604) 455-6247
Why Choose Langley Dental Centre for Wisdom Tooth Extraction in Langley BC?
Patient Comfort: Our patients spend much less time in the chair as we use the latest techniques like oral or IV sedation to make our patients more comfortable. Sedation is popularly used for wisdom tooth extraction and keeps the patient’s anxiety away. This is done intravenously or orally, in the tablet form, prior to extraction.
Latest Technology: We use the state-of-the-art equipment such as Digital x-rays, Oral or IV sedation to get best treatment outcomes.This enables precise treatment delivery by the Oral Surgeon.
Dentist’s Availability: We are flexible in accommodating emergency cases, minimizing the delays in treatment to relieve patients of their pain. We are available in the evenings and weekends for the convenience of our patients.
Oral and Maxillo Facial Surgeons: Our Oral and Maxillo Facial Surgeons are knowledgeable, experienced and have the expertise to perform complicated surgical procedures with a success rate of 95-98%. They’re friendly and make you feel comfortable throughout the process.
Our dentists are methodical and explain the entire treatment plan and what to expect, to the patient to help him/her make informed decisions.
Clinic Ambience: Our Dental Centre has a soothing and hygienic ambience, friendly staff who care about our patients’ comfort, safety and security.
Insurance: We accept all dental insurances plans that are common in British Columbia. We obtain all the insurance details (eg. Policy, ID numbers etc.) from the patient and check with the concerned insurance company too. Once the treatment is done, the claim is electronically sent to the insurance company for payment to our office. The payment is received within 2-10 days. In situations where the patients do not have an insurance, the payment can be made by VISA, Mastercard, or Debit card.
Wisdom Tooth Removal – What You Can Expect
After evaluating your teeth and medical history your dentist will advise you on how to prepare for the extraction and what to expect during and after the tooth extraction. The duration of the procedure depends on how deeply your tooth is impacted.
In complicated cases, your dentist or oral surgeon may cut through your gums and your jawbone to reach your tooth. Once the tooth is removed the wound is stitched up. Usually the extraction may take a few minutes but in difficult cases it can take 20- 30 minutes.
Sedation Used During the Procedure
At Langley, patient comfort and safety are at the centre of care. Before deciding on the best option and the level of anesthesia for your extraction, you and your dentist must discuss about your anxiety level and the complexity of the procedure. The common sedations used at Langley are either oral or IV sedation.
The oral or IV sedations ensure patient safety and compliance during the procedure and also makes the patient comfortable.
If you’ve been delaying the extraction of your wisdom teeth due to the fear of dentist or the pain associated with it, sedation can alleviate your apprehension about the procedure. You can trust our oral surgeon and his well-trained team to provide you with a safe and comfortable dental experience.
Technologies Used for Best Outcomes
Langley BC uses latest technology to minimize patient discomfort and improve treatment outcomes while simplifying the whole treatment process.
Digital X-rays: This new computer-based technology provides better imagery resolution of the teeth by allowing magnifying and zooming in on the wisdom tooth area for better diagnosis. This allows for 90 percent less radiation than the conventional film.
Oral and IV sedation: Langley uses pain-free alternative to the traditional anesthetic needles and syringes.
Precision Dentistry: By operating on your teeth under high-powered magnification using 3D technology, it provides your oral and maxillofacial surgeon exceptional clarity from 3 dimensional angles that helps with accurate surgical planning and reduces the risk of any nerve injury for the patient during the surgery.
Recovery from Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Your dentist may prescribe over-the-counter painkillers. Follow the instructions as given by your dentist. Avoid taking Aspirin because this can aggravate bleeding.
Avoid vigorous rinsing of your mouth during the next 24 hours after tooth extraction so that you do not disturb blood clots that help in healing. However you can gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water.
While brushing your teeth, keep your toothbrush away from the healing wound for the first few days. Initially, you may feel the sharp edges of your tooth socket ( like fragments of bone) which will disappear soon with the gradually healing gums.
Risks You Can Expect
Studies show that the chance of serious complications is lower, if wisdom tooth extraction surgery occurs before the age of 25 years. In a large study of around 10,000 people, the risk for nerve damage was lowest among those below 25, at 0.5%, compared to 2.11% for those between 25 and 34 and 1.35% for those 35 and older.
Your surgeon will explain the side effects or rare risks involved with wisdom tooth extraction to help you make informed decisions before having it removed.
- Sick feeling as a result of anesthesia
- Facial swelling, bruising, pain or jaw stiffness for up to two weeks, generally more during the first two or three days and improves over time
Complications of Wisdom Tooth Extraction
The possible complications of any operation include an unexpected reaction to anesthesia or excessive bleeding.
Some specific complications may include:
- Severe pain caused by dry socket (when the blood clots breaks away from the wound exposing the bone and nerves, causing pain and delayed healing)
- Prolonged numbness (very rarely permanent) in your lower lip or tongue, or changes to taste due to nerve damage
- Accidental damage to other teeth and your jaw during your operation
- Jaw stiffness, which may make it difficult to open your mouth fully
Ask your dentist or oral surgeon to explain how these risks apply to you.