Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of wisdom teeth, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to wisdom teeth are discussed.

Wisdom Teeth Presentation

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to come in. They can be found at the very back of the mouth. However, most people do not have enough room for four more molars; as such, wisdom teeth are prone to complications like infection, dental crowding, decay, and cysts and tumors. Most dental health professionals recommend removing wisdom teeth to prevent oral health issues from occurring. Wisdom teeth removal is a very common procedure. With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Bourget can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or future potential problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the early-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist, or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. 
 
What If I Don’t Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed As a Teenager Or Young Adult?
As wisdom teeth develop, the roots become longer and the jawbone denser. When it is necessary to remove impacted wisdom teeth in your thirties, forties, or beyond, the post-operative course can be prolonged and there is a higher complication rate. Treating these complications is often more difficult and less predictable than with a younger patient. Healing may be slower and the chance of infection can be increased. If your impacted wisdom teeth are not removed in your teenage years or early in your twenties and they are completely impacted in bone, it may be advisable to wait until a localized problem (such as cyst formation or localized gum disease and bone loss) develops. In general, you will heal faster, more predictably, and have fewer complications if treated in your teens or early twenties.
 
Removal:
In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, conscious IV sedation or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your post operative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication/antibiotics. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at Atlantic Oral Surgery Facial & Reconstruction Centres Phone Number 902-334-0700.
 
Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.