Procedure Information

Wisdom teeth surgery is the removal of one or more wisdom teeth from the mouth. Wisdom teeth surgery is performed for various reasons, but primarily when impacted or problematic wisdom teeth may threaten a patient's health. As wisdom teeth surgery can vary tremendously in complexity, depending on the patient and the tooth, a wide variety of instruments exist to address specific situations.

Some Reasons for Surgery

  • Insufficient space for wisdom teeth (impacted wisdom teeth).
  • As part of orthodontic management (such as braces), .
  • Severe gum disease which may affect the supporting tissues and bone structures of teeth.
  • Severe tooth decay or infection.

Complications

Although every patient is treated with great care to prevent discomfort, complications do sometimes occur. A few complications that can occur after wisdom teeth surgery include:

  1. Infection: although rare, it does occur on occasion. The dentist may opt to prescribe antibiotics pre- and/or post-operatively if he/she determines the patient to be at risk because of wisdom teeth surgery.
  2. Bleeding: The dentist has a variety of means at his/her disposal to address bleeding, however, it is important to note that small amounts of blood mixed in the saliva after extractions are normal.
  3. Swelling: Often dictated by the amount of surgery performed to extract a tooth (e.g. surgical irritation to the tissues surrounding a tooth).

The dentist will discuss these and any other potential complications with you at your consultation appointment.


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