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Wisdom Teeth Removal in Abbotsford

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that arrive during the late teen years and early twenties.

These teeth can be beneficial when properly aligned and healthy. Unfortunately, for most people, this rarely happens. Wisdom teeth removal and extractions are usually required because there is not enough space for the molar to fully erupt at the back of the gum line.

If you have been suffering from prolonged pain from the arrival of your wisdom teeth contact Abbotsford’s trusted dentist Dr. David Lim today! With our help you can put an end to the pain and potential health risks infected wisdom teeth can cause.

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Wisdom Teeth Pain

When wisdom teeth first make their appearance a flap of skin is left surrounding most of the molar. These are what we call impacted wisdom teeth which can allow bacteria to grow beneath the flap and around the tooth, causing pain, stiffness, swelling, gum disease and tooth decay in not just the wisdom tooth, but adjacent teeth as well.

Wisdom teeth coming in can be an extremely painful experience as the jawbone and other teeth adjust to make room for the new molar. If the tooth descends properly and there is enough room for full eruption the pain will only last for a short period. This pain is normal and can be alleviated with a mild pain reliever such as acetaminophen.

Wisdom Teeth Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Problems with the alignment or health of a wisdom tooth can cause several painful symptoms that should not be ignored as “normal pain” as they are an indication of pericoronitis. These include:

  • Wisdom teeth swelling with pain. This is an indication of infection or trauma from the tooth above hitting the operculum, or a combination of both trauma and infection.
  • Bad breath or bad taste - This can be due to infection or the build up debris, which can lead to tooth rot and infection.
  • Gum Swelling with Pus
  • Aching pain and difficulty opening the mouth
  • Tenderness when chewing near the swollen gum area
  • Ulcers on cheek or tongue near the erupting tooth
  • Earaches

Contact Dr. Lim if you are starting to experience these symptoms to determine if wisdom teeth removal will be necessary and the best time for wisdom teeth surgery if needed.

Severe Wisdom Teeth Symptoms

There are some additional severe wisdom teeth symptoms that can develop very quickly and indicate a spreading infection. If left untreated, the following symptoms can have serious complications to your long term health and wellbeing:

  • Swollen glands under the chin
  • Muscle spasms in the jaw, face or neck area
  • Swelling of the face or jaw (could indicate cellulitis)
  • Fever or general malaise

Call Dr. Lim’s 24/7 Dental Emergency Page at 604-556-2863 if you experience any of the preceding symptoms while your wisdom teeth are coming in.

Is it Time for Wisdom Teeth Removal?

When you are faced with pericoronitis, the infection can be cleared with oral medication relatively easily. It is when the problem becomes recurring you must consider extraction to eliminate the problem of the impacted wisdom tooth and the resulting infections.

Through regular dental exams and x-rays, impacted or misaligned wisdom teeth can be spotted and rectified before the pain and infection occur. As with all surgeries, wisdom teeth removal comes with some risk so unless there is clear indication that the wisdom tooth is or will be causing health issues, the wisdom teeth may just be monitored closely.

It could be time for wisdom teeth removal if you experience:

  • Recurring pain, swelling and infection
  • Tooth decay in the wisdom tooth or adjacent molar
  • Pressure on adjacent teeth creates risk or contraction of gum problems and disease
  • Severe infection or abscesses
  • Cyst or growth forms in the bone around the area

Remember: The sooner the better. Younger patients generally have better recovery time because their bones are more flexible and healing occurs at a faster rate.

The Wisdom Teeth Extraction Process

The type of wisdom tooth extraction process Dr. Lim will perform depends on several different factors including:

  • Size & shape of roots
  • Degree of impaction – amount wisdom teeth are buried under gum
  • Angle the molar is lying
  • Patient age and health
  • Access surgeon has to tooth area (how far patient can open the mouth)
  • Proximity of roots to the nerve canal in the jaw bone

In many cases wisdom teeth removal is straightforward and performed within a few minutes under local anesthetic. In other cases wisdom teeth can take over an hour to remove and dental surgery is required. Dr. Lim will discuss every aspect of the procedure needed and the sedation that will be required. If surgery is required, Dr. Lim has privileges at a local facility for general anaesthesia.

Wisdom Teeth Surgery with Dr. David Lim

Are you or your teenager worried about having your wisdom teeth removed? Here’s a breakdown of how Dr. Lim will ensure you get only the very best care while in his office chair:

1. Sedation will be administered, if required.

2. Local anesthetic is applied to the area.
Dr. Lim does this even if you are under sedation so that you will not be in pain should you happen to temporarily wake up during the surgery.

3. Dr. Lim makes a small incision to access the tooth.
The exact procedure depends on the level of impaction and the other factors listed above.

4. If needed, Dr. Lim will file the bone that encases the tooth to allow access for extraction.

5. If needed, the tooth may be divided into smaller pieces for easier removal.

6. The tooth, roots and other debris is removed.

7. Once clear of residual tooth debris, the gum is sutured.

8. Dr. Lim will ensure the wound stops bleeding.

9. Dr. Lim and experienced staff will explain to you how to ensure a good recovery process.

Typical Wisdom Teeth Recovery Process

General recovery time for wisdom teeth surgery can vary but usually ranges from 3 to 5 days.

The first 24 hours after wisdom teeth removal and recovery are generally the most difficult and Dr. Lim can recommend a proper pain killer to make it easier. Any bleeding can be stopped by biting down on clean gauze. A wisdom teeth patient should not drink very hot liquids, use a straw, rinse their mouth, smoke, drink alcohol or eat crunch or chewy foods.

After 24 hours it is recommended you stay with a soft food diet until the mouth is healed and use a salt-water mouthwash as an oral rinse a few times per day.

Pain can last for a few days but as long as there is daily improvement you are recovering fine. If you experience worsening pain after about 2 days, it could indicate you have wisdom teeth “dry socket” and you will need the socket rinsed free of any debris and a dressing applied to reduce pain and inflammation.

Please note that these are general recovery tips and that Dr. Lim will provide a recovery plan specific to your surgery.

Time to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Abbotsford dentist Dr. David Lim can help you determine the appropriate time to have your wisdom teeth removed as well as cover the above information in more detail. Book a wisdom teeth removal consultation with our Abbotsford dental clinic today:

Call 604-854-1380 or