Our first priority is to save your tooth, but when tooth damage is so extensive that it cannot be repaired, a dental extraction may be necessary. Additionally, wisdom teeth often need to be extracted to make room in your jaw or improve your dental health.
Our office specializes in comfortable, high-quality care — including dental extractions for all ages. If you think you may need a tooth removed, contact our office today for a consultation.
Wisdom teeth extractions
At our clinic, wisdom teeth are taken care of by our sister clinic located in the same building, the Châteauguay specialist clinic by our maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Lessard-Boivin.
We all know someone who has had dental surgery to have their wisdom teeth removed. Usually, in early adulthood, these 3rd molars behind the last teeth start to grow. At this point, the other teeth have taken their places leaving little room for the wisdom teeth to settle in. Not to mention that cavities can be found there due to the difficulty of accessing the back of the mouth. Several situations can lead to a recommendation for extraction of these teeth.
The most frequent clinical problem seen is a localized infection of the gum called pericoronitis.
Without enough room to erupt, the gum tissue around the wisdom tooth becomes irritated and infected, resulting in recurrent pain, swelling, and problems with chewing or swallowing.
Damage to Adjacent Teeth
Where there is limited space, impacted wisdom teeth can affect neighbouring teeth.
If there is inadequate room to clean around a wisdom tooth, the tooth directly in front, the second molar, can be adversely affected resulting in gum disease, bone loss and even decay.
Non-infectious diseases may also arise in association with an impacted wisdom tooth.
Cysts are fluid-filled “balloons” inside the jaw bone and develop as a result of impacted teeth, slowly expanding and destroying adjacent jaw bone and occasionally neighbouring teeth.
What happens when wisdom teeth are removed?
Before surgery, at the time of your consultation with your oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Lessard-Boivin, will take the time to tell you what to expect in detail, advise you on how to best prepare for your surgery day and discuss the best treatment plan for the removal of your wisdom teeth. This one-on-one consultation with your oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a good time to ask questions or express concerns you may have. It is especially important to let your surgeon know about any illness you have or medications you are currently taking.
During your consultation, your oral surgeon will explain the treatment process in detail and help you select an anesthesia option that is right for you. Most wisdom teeth extractions are performed under local anesthesia or intravenous sedation . Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will discuss the anesthetic option that is right for you ahead of the procedure.
Before you have your wisdom teeth extracted, your surgeon, Dr. Lessard-Boivin will take X-rays to locate the teeth and determine whether or not they are impacted. Wisdom teeth removal is a routine oral surgery procedure performed in our clinic of specialist dentists of Chateauguay. The relative ease with which wisdom teeth may be removed depends on several conditions, including the position of the teeth and root development. Impacted wisdom teeth may require a more complex surgical procedure.
The expertise and technology set-up at clinic of specialist dentists of Chateauguay. allow patients to undergo wisdom teeth removal in a manner, which promotes rapid healing and minimal post-operative discomfort.
What Happens After Surgery?
Following surgery, you may experience some temporary swelling and mild discomfort, which are part of the normal healing process. Cold compresses may help decrease the swelling, and the medication prescribed by your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will also help manage the discomfort. In addition, following surgery, our team may instruct you to modify your diet temporarily and recommend you progress slowly towards your regular diet.
Everybody is different and therefore their surgical recovery will also be different. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeon usually advise a recovery period of 2 to 5 days if you are undergoing surgical removal of your four wisdom teeth. This will be discussed in detail with you at the time of your consultation and a medical certificate will be provided, if needed, to cover the entire length of your recovery following your surgery.
A treatment plan that meets your needs and your exact oral requirements will be devised in partnership between you and the clinic of specialist dentists of Chateauguay surgical team. You couldn’t ask for a team more trustworthy to take care of your wisdom teeth.