How will I know if my/my child’s wisdom teeth are coming in?
If you or your child has discomfort or swelling in the area behind the back molars, or if there is an unpleasant taste or smell in the mouth, you should see a dental professional for an examination to see if the wisdom teeth are impacted or there is a related infection in the mouth. Sometimes there are no symptoms when wisdom teeth are developing, erupting, or becoming impacted. This is why it is best to have your dentist track and evaluate the development of you or your child’s wisdom teeth during regular dental exams to catch problems before they arise.
Is wisdom teeth extraction painful?
In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under intravenous (IV) sedation. Dr. Esmail will administer the anesthesia that was decided upon during your consultation, and no procedure will take place until you or your child is at ease and ready. There will be no sensation of pain during the procedure. Patients receive a prescription for pain medication to control discomfort during recovery, but we often find that over-the-counter pain medications work fine for most of our wisdom teeth extraction patients.
What is the cost of wisdom teeth removal?
There are several factors that will go in to estimating your final cost for a wisdom teeth extraction: how many teeth will be extracted, the type of anesthesia chosen, your insurance coverage, and other factors such as how difficult the removal will be (depth of impaction, etc.). When you or your child is examined by the surgeon, a treatment plan will be made with an estimate of your costs. The best way to find out what your exact fee will be for wisdom teeth removal is to call our practice and schedule a consultation with Dr. Esmail. Early removal of wisdom teeth can save time and money.
Are wisdom teeth always extracted?
Third molars are not always extracted, and for some patients, this is fine. In general, however, the human jaw does not have enough space for wisdom teeth to grow in without causing oral health problems. Your family dentist can track the development of your or your child’s wisdom teeth. If they need to be extracted, you will be referred to a trusted oral surgeon, such as Dr. Esmail. Early diagnosis could save time, money, and discomfort later.
Why do oral surgeons extract wisdom teeth? Why not have my dentist perform this surgery?
Wisdom teeth extraction surgery is usually performed early, before the teeth have erupted. This type of oral surgery is beyond the scope of a family dentist because the molars must be removed from beneath the gum tissue and overlying bone. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have years of additional training in surgery and anesthesia to safely remove wisdom teeth and address the complications that can arise from problematic wisdom teeth.
What is the recovery time after wisdom teeth removal?
We find that two to four days is sufficient recovery time for most patients who have undergone a wisdom teeth extraction procedure. After this time, many of our patients are comfortable enough to return to school or work.
What foods can I eat after the extraction?
For at least three days following wisdom teeth extraction, you or your child should stick to a diet of soft foods. You can gradually introduce regular foods after three days, but be sure to avoid smoking and the use of a straw during the recovery period as indicated by your oral surgeon. Detailed pre- and post-operative instructions will be provided.
Where can I have my wisdom teeth removed?
If you have been recommended for wisdom teeth removal, or if you suspect that you or your child’s wisdom teeth are causing oral health issues, please contact Abbotsford Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Centre to schedule a consultation with Dr. Esmail. We will take excellent care of you and your loved ones at our welcoming and trusted practice.
At Abbotsford Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Centre, we are proud to offer the highest quality of patient care. We are available and pleased to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to give us a call at (604) 504-7522.