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Wisdom Teeth

Your third molars, better known as wisdom teeth are the final teeth to erupt in the mouth. They show up at the top and bottom jaws between ages 17-25. Some of us lucky people may not even develop any, others may have them erupt perfectly fine with no problems.

Wisdom teeth are not necessarily bad teeth. We may choose to monitor, or recommend to just keep them where they are so long as they erupt normally and are easily accessible with a tooth brush and floss to keep clean. However, more often than not our jaws do not have enough room to allow the teeth to erupt fully, resulting in what we call impacted wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth don’t grow in straight, rather they grow in different directions leading to one or more of the following symptoms: pain, gum inflammation, tooth decay on the wisdom tooth or to your adjacent teeth, developing a cyst around the tooth, or even compromising orthodontic treatment.

How long should I wait before deciding to remove my wisdom teeth?
There is no time window per se, however, it is generally much easier to remove your wisdom teeth while you are younger for various reasons such as having less dense bone the younger you are, and less complications with healing and surgery.

Will I Be Awake?
You can have your wisdom teeth removed under either Local Anesthetic (Awake), or General Anesthetic (Asleep). It all comes down to preference, comfort, and how difficult the case appears to be. There are also other modalities to help such as mild sedation with laughing gas (nitrous oxide).

When Do I Have to see a Specialist?
A referral to a specialist is not always necessary, however, there are some cases in which your dentist may recommend it. A Significant and complicated medical history, wisdom teeth approximating your Inferior Alveolar Nerve (Risk of Paresthesia), the need for General Sedation, are all common reasons to be referred out to a specialist.

Will I Feel Pain During the Procedure?
No, with the use of local anesthetic you should not feel any pain during the procedure.Throughout any procedure, no work will ever be done if a patient can feel any pain. We strive to make sure our patients are always comfortably numb.

How long is the recovery? Can I go to work the next day?
Recovery time varies from patient to patient, however, it usually takes 2-3 days, with some cases requiring up to one week. It is best to take work off on the day of the procedure as well as the following day.
Depending how difficult the extractions were, it is best to usually take the same day off, and rest up the following day. Avoid any heavy lifting or exercise to ensure that proper healing is not interrupted. Recovery time does vary on a case to case, and patient to patient basis. Overall, recovery time should be within 2-3 days, up to a week maximum.
Overall, wisdom teeth removal is a minor surgery that does not necessarily have to be such a traumatizing and dreadful experience. With today’s technological advances and anesthetics available, these procedures are routinely done with positive outcomes.

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COVID Update

We wanted to take a moment to update you on how the current state of emergency and lockdown in Ontario affects your dental care. We are OPEN and accessible to you during this time, as dental offices are considered an essential service by Public Health due to the importance of your oral health and hygiene.

We have taken a number of precautions in order to maintain a safe, COVID-19 free, environment.

Pre-appointment screening forms. Before your appointment, we will send you a link to a wellness form. This is to ensure the safety of both our employees and other patients. If you are feeling unwell, or show any symptoms of COVID-19, please get in touch with us to reschedule your appointment.

Curb-side waiting. To adhere to social distancing rules, we ask that you please wait in your car when you arrive at our office. Check in by calling us at our office phone number, and we will prepare to welcome you for your appointment.

Increased disinfection. We are increasing how frequently we clean and sanitize our office, and our operatories are sanitized between every appointment, as always. As an added measure, all employees measure their temperature before the start of their shift, and are wearing all PPE in accordance with health unit guidelines.

Medical grade air filtration systems. We’ve invested in the highest quality air filtration systems to ensure the air you breathe is clean, fresh, and sanitized. This technology uses a 6 stage purification system to capture dust, pollen, VOC’s, gases, mold, allergens, odors, bio-aerosols, viruses, and other pollutants, and includes a negative ion generator to help purify our air.

Prolonged periods between dental cleanings may result in gum disease – both bone loss and gum shrinkage, which can lead to increased sensitivity and tooth mobility. This is something we have already observed in our patients, so if you are due for your hygiene visit or have put your
visit off due to COVID concerns, please know we have taken every measure possible to ensure your safety during your visit.

We encourage all our patients to keep their regular scheduled appointments and maintain their best possible oral health as another asset in their fight against COVID-19. This is a challenging time for us all, but we want you to know how much we value your continued trust and support. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our staff at 519-973-8280, or by email at walkervilledental2011@gmail.com

Stay safe and healthy,

The Walkerville Dental Team