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Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth.

The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt.

These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection.

Potential Problems with Wisdom Teeth

Recurrent episodes of pain and infection
Food impaction and decay in wisdom teeth
Food impaction and decay in adjacent molars
Gingivitis and gum disease
Dental cysts and other diseases
Crowding of adjacent teeth

Removal
In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia). These options, as well as the surgical risks will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding, bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in theclinic until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics, and a follow-up appointment in one week for suture removal. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced.

Apicoectomy
An apicoectomy is a surgical procedure that involves removing the apex of a tooth root to eliminate persistent infection or foreign bodies that cause problems. This procedure is very delicate due to the surgical nature and close proximity of teeth to other adjacent teeth and vital structures (nerve, blood vessels). Once the apex is removed, a special filling is then placed to help healing and ensure the health of the tooth. This procedure is completed after a root canal.

Biopsy
There are many lumps and bumps that appear in the mouth which are caused by many different reasons. In order to treat these problems correctly, a biopsy may be required to establish a diagnosis. A biopsy can be completed under local anaesthetic. In fact, the procedure itself often takes less time to complete than the accompanying paperwork. Results are sent to a specialist laboratory for analysis and are usually returned within one week.

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