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ORAL SURGERY & EXTRACTIONS

For wisdom tooth extractions and personalized follow-up care, trust Antigonish Family Dentistry for your Oral Surgery needs.


Is getting rid of your wisdom teeth smart?

Did you know that if you’re between 17 and 25 there is an increased risk for your wisdom teeth to become impacted? This can lead to pain, infection and can even damage adjacent teeth or roots. Which is why most patients choose to have them extracted.

What are the two main reasons for extracting wisdom teeth?

  1. The jaw may not be large enough for the teeth to break through the gums
  2. One or more of your wisdom teeth may come in at an awkward angle, with the top of the tooth facing forward, backward, or to either side

Whatever the reason, rest assured, that if we’re concerned about your wisdom teeth at Antigonish Family Dentistry, we’ll take the necessary steps starting with an x-ray to examine the position of your wisdom teeth during your regular check-up. Depending on your age, the position of the teeth and whether or not your mouth can accommodate them, we may recommend waiting to observe how they progress or proceed with treatment.

What is an impacted wisdom tooth?

If a wisdom tooth is impacted, it is growing into your mouth sideways instead of straight up. If an impacted wisdom tooth is not removed at the ideal time, it can cause damage to the teeth next to it and potentially significant pain.

During your wisdom tooth extraction appointment, we will explain how to care for your mouth after the extraction. By following some simple steps, you can prevent any post-procedural problems.

Typical instructions include biting on gauze to keep pressure on the extraction point following surgery, regular application of ice to the area, and eating soft foods for several days.

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