Ease pain with Wisdom Teeth Extraction.

At Dr. Stuart Katz and Associates, we specialize in expert wisdom teeth extractions to alleviate discomfort and prevent potential dental issues. Our experienced team understands the unique challenges associated with wisdom teeth and is dedicated to providing gentle and effective treatment. Whether it’s impacted wisdom teeth causing pain or preventive tooth extractions to avoid future problems, we prioritize your comfort and well-being throughout the process.

wisdom teeth extraction burnaby
wisdom teeth extraction burnaby

Wisdom teeth extractions may be necessary for several reasons. These third molars, which typically emerge in the late teens or early twenties, often lack sufficient space to erupt properly, leading to various complications. These include impacted wisdom teeth, which remain trapped beneath the gum line or only partially emerge, increasing the risk of infection, decay, and gum disease. Additionally, wisdom teeth may grow at awkward angles, causing discomfort, pain, and even damage to adjacent teeth. In some cases, cysts or tumors may develop around impacted wisdom teeth, further necessitating their removal. Overall, wisdom teeth extractions are essential to prevent potential oral health problems and ensure the overall well-being of the patient.

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, can cause several problems due to their late eruption and limited space in the mouth. Some common issues associated with wisdom teeth include:

  • IMPACTION: When there isn't enough space for wisdom teeth to fully emerge, they may become impacted, meaning they're unable to erupt properly through the gum line. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, swelling, and discomfort.
  • CROWDING: The eruption of wisdom teeth can lead to overcrowding in the mouth, causing misalignment of the existing teeth. This can result in crooked teeth, bite problems, and difficulty cleaning between teeth, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
  • INFECTION: Impacted wisdom teeth can create pockets of space where bacteria and food particles can accumulate, leading to infection and inflammation of the surrounding gums, known as pericoronitis. Symptoms may include pain, swelling, and difficulty opening the mouth.
  • TOOTH DECAY: Due to their location at the back of the mouth, wisdom teeth can be challenging to clean properly, making them more susceptible to decay and cavities. Decay in wisdom teeth can spread to adjacent teeth and compromise overall oral health.
  • CYSTS AND TUMORS: In rare cases, the sacs that surround impacted wisdom teeth can fill with fluid, forming cysts or tumors. These growths can cause damage to nearby teeth, bones, and nerves, requiring surgical removal.

Overall, the potential problems caused by wisdom teeth underscore the importance of monitoring their development and considering extraction when necessary to prevent complications and maintain oral health. Regular dental check-ups and X-rays can help detect issues early and determine the most appropriate course of action.

While wisdom teeth serve a purpose in ancestral diets, modern humans often have smaller jaws, which can lead to issues when wisdom teeth attempt to erupt. As a result, many individuals experience problems such as impaction, crowding, infection, and decay. Therefore, in modern dentistry, wisdom teeth are not considered essential for proper oral function. In fact, their removal is often recommended to prevent potential complications and maintain optimal oral health.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about wisdom teeth extractions? Find answers to commonly asked questions below.

Wisdom teeth may need to be extracted if they are impacted, causing pain or discomfort, or if they pose a risk of overcrowding, infection, or damage to adjacent teeth.

Our team takes special care to ensure your comfort during wisdom teeth extractions. Local anesthesia and sedation options are available to minimize discomfort.

Recovery time varies depending on the complexity of the extraction and individual healing factors. Most patients experience some swelling and discomfort for a few days, with full recovery typically taking about a week.

While wisdom teeth extractions are generally safe, there are slight risks of complications such as infection, dry socket, or nerve damage. Our team will discuss potential risks and benefits with you before treatment.

Initially, you’ll want to stick to soft foods and avoid chewing near the extraction sites. As you heal, you can gradually resume a normal diet.

Follow post-operative instructions provided by our team, including proper oral hygiene practices and avoiding strenuous activities that may disrupt healing.

Contact our office immediately if you experience severe pain, bleeding, swelling, or other concerning symptoms after wisdom teeth extractions. We’re here to help.

In some cases, preventive extractions may be recommended to avoid potential problems associated with impacted or crowded wisdom teeth. Our team will discuss all available options and help you make an informed decision.