Gentle and Expert Wisdom Tooth Extractions in Saskatoon

This is a common type of tooth extraction that involves the removal of one or more wisdom teeth. This is usually recommended when the wisdom teeth do not have enough space to grow properly, causing pain, infection and other oral health issues.

At Willowgreen Dental, we have a team of experienced dentists performing wisdom tooth extractions. Because we understand that this procedure can be a source of anxiety for many patients, we ensure to make the experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Our dentists will also provide instructions on how to care for your mouth after the extraction to ensure proper healing.

Why You May Need Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to grow and usually appear between 17 and 25.
However, not everyone develops wisdom teeth, and those who do may not always have enough space for them to come in properly.
This can lead to various issues, such as:

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

When there isn't enough space for wisdom teeth to fully emerge, they can become impacted - meaning they are trapped underneath the gum line or jawbone. This can cause various problems, including pain, infection and damage to surrounding teeth.

Tooth Crowding

If there isn't enough room in your mouth for the wisdom teeth to emerge, they may push against your other teeth, causing them to shift out of their proper position. This can lead to crooked teeth, misalignment and difficulty maintaining proper oral hygiene.

Infection/Tooth Decay

Wisdom teeth that have only partially emerged can create a space for bacteria to grow, leading to infection and tooth decay. This can also increase the risk of gum disease and other oral health issues.

What Is the Process for Surgical Tooth Extraction?

1.

Consultation

Before the extraction, our dentist will perform a thorough examination and take X-rays to determine the position of your wisdom teeth. They will also discuss any concerns or questions about the procedure.

2.

Local Anesthesia

These types of extractions are typically done under local anesthesia, which numbs the area around the tooth being removed. This helps prevent pain during the procedure, but you may feel pressure as the tooth is extracted. However, if you are feeling particularly anxious or have a low pain tolerance, our dentists can provide nitrous oxide sedation or laughing gas. This allows you to feel more relaxed and less aware of the procedure.

3.

Extraction

Once the area is numb, our dentist will carefully remove the wisdom tooth. If it is impacted, they may need to make an incision in the gum or remove some bone to access the tooth. This process may take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the complexity of the extraction.

4.

Post-Extraction Care

After the procedure, our dentist will provide instructions on taking care of your mouth and promoting proper healing. This may include taking pain medication and antibiotics, avoiding certain foods and practicing good oral hygiene habits. Note that even if the surgery is relatively simple, we still recommend having another person drive you home, as the anesthesia can cause drowsiness and impair your ability to drive.

Aftercare Tips After the Removal of Wisdom Teeth

  • Rest and Recover. Avoid strenuous activities for a few days after the procedure to allow your body to heal.
  • Pain Management. We may prescribe over-the-counter pain medication to help manage pain.
  • Ice Pack. Apply an ice pack to the affected area for 15 minutes to help reduce swelling.
  • Eat Soft Foods. Initially, stick to soft foods like yogurt, pudding, soup and applesauce. As you heal over the next few days, gradually reintroduce solid foods into your diet.
  • Avoid Certain Activities. For at least 24 hours, don’t smoke and avoid drinking through a straw or rinsing your mouth. These activities can dislodge the blood clot that forms in the extraction site, causing a dry socket.
  • Keep Your Mouth Clean. While you should avoid rinsing your mouth on the day of surgery, after 24 hours, you can gently rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water) several times a day to cleanse the area and soothe soreness.
  • Follow-Up Appointments. Attend all follow-up appointments so your dentist or oral surgeon can monitor your healing and address any concerns. It may take up to two weeks for the mouth to fully heal after extraction.

Let Willowgreen Dental Handle Your Wisdom Tooth Removal

At Willowgreen Dental, our experienced dentists are committed to providing gentle and expert wisdom tooth extractions in Saskatoon. We prioritize your comfort and safety during the procedure and provide thorough aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.

If you are experiencing issues with wisdom teeth, schedule a consultation with us today!

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Address

Willowgreen Dental 104-1848 McOrmond Drive
Saskatoon SK S7S 0A5

Phone Number

(306) 955-2400

Email

info@willowgreendental.com

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Monday 7:30am – 4:30pm
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