Easy, Efficient Wisdom Teeth Removal
The Wisdom Teeth Extraction Experts in Coquitlam
Why would I need a wisdom tooth extraction?
Many patients will end up requiring a wisdom tooth extraction at some point in their lives, whether as a teenager or as an adult.
Wisdom teeth extractions are so common because most people simply don't have the room in their mouths for wisdom teeth to grown in to. Many wisdom teeth become impacted if not removed as early as possible due to overcrowding. It's better to get wisdom teeth removed before they become impacted to save the hassle and more complicated extraction techniques.
Our team at Coast Dental are experts at wisdom teeth extractions and make the process as seamless as possible. Whether your wisdom teeth have become impacted or not, our team will make your extraction process simple and painless.
How Does The Wisdom Tooth Extraction Procedure Work?
This question is so commonly asked by our patients that we wanted to add it to our website! The first step our dentists take is to provide a local anesthetic in order to numb the area(s) of extraction (our dentists can also apply a general anesthetic to put a patient to sleep if requested).
If your wisdom teeth have grown in straight, the extraction process is quite simple. Straight wisdom teeth can just be pulled out like any other normal teeth. If your wisdom teeth are impacted then they'll require oral surgery to access the impacted tooth.
Impacted wisdom teeth involves local or general anesthetic and typically requires the gum tissue to be cut open to access the impacted wisdom tooth, your dentist will then break the impacted tooth apart in order to extract it from the socket if it doesn't come straight out.
Aftercare Steps For Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Immediately following your wisdom tooth extraction, our team will ensure you stay at our clinic until your anesthetic has worn off. During this waiting period, our team will ensure any bleeding has slowed and the gauze provided is working efficiently. As long as everything looks fine, you'll be on your way!
Make sure you have someone to drive you home after your wisdom tooth extraction so you don't have to drive home on your own!
At-Home Wisdom Teeth Extraction Preparation Steps
At Coast Dental Coquitlam, our team provides our patients with various tips to ensure you have the most optimal extraction recovery as possible.
Once your extraction is done you'll need plenty of rest at home, so it's best to have many pillows on your bed to help prop up your head - it's also recommended to have everything you'll need close by (water, gauze, ibuprofen and a Netflix account!)
For the next 48 hours, you'll need to take it easy after your wisdom tooth procedure. Be sure to stock up on soft foods such as soups, yoghurt and other foods that don't require any chewing - you'll be too sore to try eating anything else!
Wisdom Tooth Extraction Aftercare Tips
Ice Pack to Control Swelling
You should ice your face in 15-minute intervals and take ibuprofen around the clock, this should be done for the next 24-48 hours after your procedure.
Introducing Solid Foods Gradually
It's important to ease back in to your regular diet after your procedure. Slowly adding in regular foods as you feel comfortable is the way to go after your swelling has reduced.
It may take up to two weeks to feel normal again, so we recommend not eating any crunchy foods that could scratch and damage your gum tissue.
Our team recommends a follow-up appointment after your wisdom tooth extraction to ensure your mouth and gums are healing properly. During this appointment, our team will sign off on you returning to eating normal foods again.
Frequently Asked Questions
The first 48 hours are the most important after a wisdom tooth extraction procedure due to any swelling, bleeding, or pressure you may experience.
After the first 48 hours, it typically takes 1-2 weeks to fully recover from a wisdom tooth extraction procedure.
Individual recovery time varies from patient to patient. Patients who have impacted wisdom teeth will usually take longer to recover due to the more invasive procedure required for their extraction(s).
As dentists, our team is always concerned about infections post-surgery.
Whether you have a wisdom teeth extraction procedure or need to have a different tooth removed, there's always the risk that the area will become exposed to bacteria - that's what we try to control and mitigate.
To prevent any infections, our team recommends to peridoically rinse your mouth with salt water to clean out the areas that were worked on.
In some cases, an antibacterial mouthwash may be prescribed for any patients who may experience an infection after their wisdom tooth extraction.
At Coast Dental Coquitlam, we understand that each one of our patients is unique and so are their teeth and dental health.
Whether or not a patient will require wisdom teeth removal will likely depend on their palate size. Some patients have plenty of room for all their teeth and third molars and don't require any wisdom teeth extractions.
Any wisdom teeth that grow in impacted need to be removed because they can pose a threat to your other teeth and roots in addition with being a target for infections.
The best way to find out if you may need wisdom teeth removal is to get in contact with our team and schedule an appointment with our Coquitlam dentist office, our team can make a recommendation and answer any questions you may have!