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Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Thunder Bay

The Removal of Wisdom Teeth is a Common, Low-Risk, and Generally Pain-Free Procedure
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Recognizing Warning Signs

Wisdom teeth, the third and final set of permanent adult teeth, typically emerge at the back of the mouth, both on the upper and lower jaws, behind the second set of molars. While they usually make their appearance between late teens and mid-twenties, there can be variations. Some individuals get them earlier or later in life, while others may not develop wisdom teeth at all. Although some people experience uneventful wisdom tooth eruption, there are compelling reasons for considering their removal.

When is it time to remove wisdom teeth? Here are some indicators:

  1. Misalignment or Impaction: Wisdom teeth may emerge at an angle or become trapped against neighboring teeth.
  2. Insufficient Space: Limited space in the jaw can lead to crowding, resulting in discomfort and complications.
  3. Poor Positioning: Wisdom teeth in the wrong position can trap food particles and prove difficult to clean, increasing the risk of decay.
  4. Susceptibility to Infection: Impacted wisdom teeth are more prone to infection

The Wisdom Tooth Removal Process

The removal of wisdom teeth can be a straightforward dental procedure performed by your dentist or may require a common surgical intervention conducted by an oral surgeon. Following an examination, your dentist will provide you with details on the type of extraction necessary. It’s possible to have all four wisdom teeth removed in a single session or gradually over multiple appointments.

Dental Examination

Before scheduling your extraction, a comprehensive assessment of your teeth and jaw is essential. X-rays will be taken and carefully assessed to evaluate the progress of your wisdom teeth and the structure of your tooth roots. This information helps determine whether your wisdom teeth need removal, whether a simple extraction is feasible, or if surgical intervention is required. Our aim is to eliminate any unexpected surprises.

The Removal Procedure

During your initial examination, our team will offer detailed information about the extraction process and how to prepare. Depending on your preferences and your dentist’s professional recommendation, you may receive local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia. We utilize minimally invasive techniques to ensure a gentle extraction experience, prioritizing your comfort and swift recovery.

Post-Extraction Care

We may recommend having a friend or family member accompany you to the appointment, drive you home, and provide support during your recovery. You will receive post-extraction instructions, including practical tips for a speedy and comfortable recovery. If you have any additional concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to assist you throughout the recovery process.

Cost of a wisdom tooth removal in Thunder Bay

The cost to get your wisdom teeth out can vary by a lot. With a typical insurance plan, a simple, single tooth extraction commonly costs about $100 — $200+ out of pocket. Without insurance, you can expect to pay approximately $200 to $600+ for a simple extraction per tooth.

It’s difficult to provide an accurate quote for wisdom teeth removal online or over the phone because your treatment plan must be tailored to your specific needs and can only be determined after an oral exam. There are two broad categories that dental extractions fall under which may give you a better idea of what your wisdom tooth removal may cost and why:

Simple Tooth Extraction

A simple extraction is performed on a wisdom tooth that's fully erupted (visible in the mouth) without complication. These can be performed by a general dentist, using local anesthesia. If we can remove your wisdom tooth quickly and easily it will cost less.

Surgical Tooth Extraction

A surgical extraction is more complex and involves the removal of a wisdom tooth that hasn’t fully erupted, which has become impacted, which has complicated roots or which has a bad relationship with its neighbour, your 2nd molar. A surgical extraction, requiring a great amount of consideration, delicate care and expertise will come at a greater cost.

Remember, no dental practice can provide an accurate quote over the phone as the procedures are complex and depend on many factors. Every case is different so it's important to speak with a dentist who will evaluate your unique situation and provide you with different treatment options to consider.

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Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Many people believe wisdom teeth removal is a rite of passage. In reality, wisdom teeth only need to be removed if they become impacted or otherwise interfere with your jaw and teeth.
Dentistry is more compassionate than ever before and your comfort is important to us. We use tools and techniques that effectively remove as much discomfort as possible, help us work quickly, precisely and with as little trauma as possible to promote fast healing. We will provide you with aftercare instructions to keep you comfortable and promote fast healing.
About an hour after your procedure, you may remove the gauze sponges that have been placed in your mouth and have something to eat. Be sure to eat foods that are soft for the first 24 hours. Make sure to avoid hot foods and drinking from straws for several hours.
We will provide you with aftercare instructions specific to your needs at your appointment. Here are some general things you can do after you get your wisdom teeth out to minimize the risk of complications and encourage a speedy recovery:
  • Avoid spitting, mouth rinsing, blowing your nose, using a straw, and smoking in the first 24 hours after tooth extraction.
  • Don’t touch the extraction site with your finger or tongue.
  • Avoid hot foods and hot drinks.
  • Don’t take aspirin because it inhibits blood clotting.
  • Avoid physical activities and exercise.
Ideally, you should schedule three or four days of rest or light duty after your wisdom teeth come out. Resting will minimize your risk of complications and help you heal. Full recovery takes around 2 weeks but you should feel minimal discomfort during this time.

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