Is it wise to keep your wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are aptly named as they usually begin to erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. While there are some cases where the wisdom don’t cause any problems, the majority of the population will need to get at least some of their wisdom teeth removed due to impaction or infection. In cases where the wisdom teeth are unable to erupt in a natural and healthy way, it is best to have them removed sooner rather than later.

Wisdom tooth removal is a safe, simply and common procedure which is typically done in the dental office in one day. A local anaesthetic will be used to numb the pain. It may be necessary to fast briefly before and after the procedure. Following treatment, it’s recommended to take the rest of the day off to rest and recover. You will be given medication to manage any pain or discomfort you may have. It’s best to eat soft foods such as applesauce and yogurt immediately after getting your wisdom teeth removed.

Symptoms of wisdom tooth eruption can include pain or sensitivity in the jaw and gums. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, especially f you are in your late teens or early twenties and still have your your wisdom teeth, it’s a good idea to come into the office to see if your wisdom teeth are causing the discomfort. If they are impacted, we can schedule an appointment as soon as possible to have them extracted. Dr. Boisson has many years of experience and will ensure that your wisdom tooth extraction is as comfortable and painless as possible. Contact us today to book an appointment for a general checkup and cleaning, during which we can do X-rays to determine the position your wisdom teeth are in.