Wisdom Teeth Removal - Toronto Dentist Dr. Yolanda Cruz

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Reasons for Wisdom Teeth Removal

Your third molars, (wisdom teeth), are usually the last teeth to emerge from your gums. As long as your wisdom teeth are healthy and functional, there is no need to have them extracted.  However, there are reasons why you should consider  wisdom teeth removal at Dr. Yolanda Cruz Dentistry in Toronto, Canada:

  • To create space for orthodontic treatment
  • Fully or partially impacted wisdom teeth causing swelling, pain and gum infection
  • Wisdom teeth creating pressure and damage on the adjacent teeth
  • Wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean, resulting in tooth decay

The Dental Procedure

First, Dr. Cruz will give you a local anesthetic to ensure you are comfortable. If you are nervous, Dr. Cruz can offer you dental sedation in addition to the anesthetic or use a general anesthetic to put you under entirely. Once the area is numb, Dr. Cruz will begin extraction of the wisdom tooth. Dr. Cruz will use a dental instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth in its socket. If necessary, Dr. Cruz may break the tooth into smaller pieces for removal. Then, Dr. Cruz will remove the tooth using forceps or in more complicated cases, a surgical hand piece is also used to assist with the removal of the tooth.

Risks Associated with Wisdom Teeth Removal

  • infection
  • temporary tenderness
  • prolonged bleeding
  • dry socket
  • loosening of neighboring teeth and crowns.
  • temporary numbness

When Should I Remove My Wisdom Teeth?

Every patient’s case is unique. However, in most cases the procedure is easier for younger patients because the wisdom teeth roots are not yet fully developed and the bone is less dense. Older patients tend to have a longer recovery and healing time.  Regardless of your age, if your wisdom teeth are causing you pain or discomfort, you should consult with the staff at Dr. Yolanda Cruz Dentistry as soon as possible.  Call us: Downtown office 416-595-5490 or Etobicoke office 647-370-5950.