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4 Reasons Why a Wisdom Tooth Extraction Is Important

Has your dentist recommended a wisdom tooth extraction? Here’s what to expect from this dental treatment, why it’s important, and how our Calgary dentists can ensure that you stay as relaxed and comfortable as possible throughout the procedure.

Your wisdom teeth will typically develop anywhere between your teenage years and young adulthood. By then, you will have lost all of your baby teeth and your adult teeth will have taken their place. For most people, this also means that there isn’t room for any more teeth to grow, and that’s why the sudden eruption of wisdom teeth becomes a problem. 

However, there are still instances when wisdom teeth don’t require extraction, such as: 

  • Your wisdom teeth are healthy
  • They can be reached by a toothbrush and when flossing
  • They are fully erupted or have grown in completely 
  • They are positioned correctly and in line with opposing teeth, without affecting your bite 

During a comprehensive checkup, our Calgary holistic dentists will examine your teeth and assess your particular circumstances to determine whether a wisdom tooth extraction is required. 

Safe and Comfortable Wisdom Tooth Extractions in Calgary 

At our Calgary dental clinic, we provide safe and advanced wisdom tooth removal services to ensure the health of your teeth, gums, and mouth. Our team also offers sedation dentistry to help make the tooth extraction process as comfortable as possible.

We also offer a wide range of other dental treatments including emergency dental care and custom mouthguards to help you maintain optimal oral and overall health. 

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When Do Wisdom Teeth Pose a Problem? 

In most cases, your wisdom teeth won’t have enough space to grow and because they must erupt, they can grow from various angles in the jaw — even horizontally — affecting the rest of your healthy adult teeth. 

Other common issues with wisdom teeth include: 

  • They may stay hidden in the gums: If your wisdom teeth end up becoming trapped or impacted within your jaw, it could result in infections or an abscess that damages the roots of other teeth or erodes bone support.
  • They may erupt partially: If your wisdom teeth erupt partially through your gums, they can become very hard to clean, making them a breeding ground for bacteria that causes oral infection and gum disease.
  • They erupt fully and impact nearby teeth: Your wisdom teeth may erupt fully by growing at an angle. This leads to crowding which can damage your otherwise healthy surrounding teeth.

When Will My Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed? 

For most patients, a tell-tale sign that their wisdom teeth have erupted and require extraction is pain. However, this is not the only symptom. You may also experience recurring infections in the soft tissue behind the last teeth, damage to neighbouring teeth, tooth decay, or gum disease. 

At what age should I get my wisdom teeth removed? Wisdom tooth extraction is especially ideal in young adulthood when these molars are still healthy, as jawbones become harder with age and the teeth tougher to remove. 

4 Reasons Why It’s Important to Have a Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom tooth removal involves extracting the impacted teeth and restoring nearby damaged teeth that may have been affected. Here are some of the reasons why having a wisdom tooth extraction is important: 

1. They can cause damage to nearby teeth.
Because your permanent set of teeth are already positioned, the eruption of these extra molars can force them to shift. This may cause overcrowding, bite problems, and pain. It can even make it hard for you to brush or floss your teeth, leading to cavities and tooth decay.

2. They can lead to sinus problems.
The mouth and the nose are intricately connected and impacted wisdom teeth can affect the sinuses. When these molars begin to cause sinus pain, pressure, or congestion, then extraction is recommended. Remember, oral health is key to your overall health and removing the wisdom teeth can enhance your overall well-being.

3. They can cause inflamed gums.
Oral health isn’t limited to teeth. Your gums play a huge role too and will suffer due to impacted wisdom teeth. When the wisdom teeth erupt at an angle, they can cause the gums to swell, making them feel sore and painful to the touch. This could prevent proper brushing and flossing, leading to cavities and tooth decay.

4. They can lead to jaw damage.
Some wisdom teeth will grow impacted within the jaw, shifting the other teeth and even the jawline. This can cause pain when you are opening your mouth, or even limit this movement. Sometimes, cysts may form along the newly erupted molars, which can hollow out the jaw bone and damage the nerves of any neighbouring healthy teeth.

Safe and Pain-Free Wisdom Tooth Removal With Sedation Dentistry 

If you are feeling anxious about your wisdom tooth extraction, our Calgary holistic dentists offer safe and effective sedation dentistry services to induce a state of calm in our patients so you can feel more relaxed during the procedure. 

Some of the benefits of sedation dentistry include quicker treatment times, less anxiety, the ability to still interact with your dentist, and a pain-free procedure. 

Please note: Dr. Korol offers oral sedation. If IV sedation is required, we can refer you to an excellent oral surgery office. 


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To find out more about our wisdom tooth extraction services, or to learn about the costs and benefits of sedation dentistry, contact us at 403-245-9099 or fill in our online contact form.


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