In general, the human mouth only has room for 28 teeth, although the large majority of adults grow 32; the four extra teeth are known as wisdom teeth. Having wisdom teeth removal in Ottawa has immensely changed in procedure over the years, and although oral surgery can be invasive, getting a tooth extraction has become a much less painful process, with a much faster recovery time.
It’s not necessary for everyone to have wisdom teeth removal in Ottawa if they aren’t experiencing pain or dental problems due to teeth crowding. If your wisdom teeth are correctly positioned in your mouth and don’t cause you any discomfort, it isn’t imperative that you receive a tooth extraction. However, if your teeth are impacted and causing crowding, your local dentist will likely recommend that you go ahead with wisdom teeth removal in Ottawa.
There are two ways that wisdom teeth grow in:
1) They will grow in like regular teeth, or
2) They will become impacted.
Impacted wisdom teeth are those that become blocked from growing correctly. They remain below the surface of your gum line and lie opposite to how they’re supposed to, usually because there isn’t enough room in the mouth for them to grow in appropriately. These teeth may even sprout out sideways, impeding the space of the tooth next to it. It’s not a good idea to keep an impacted tooth; a wisdom tooth that doesn’t lay flat can cause a buildup of plaque and bacteria since the positioning makes it difficult to reach and clean properly.
If you choose not to have the impacted tooth extraction, you are opening the flood gates to a slew of potential dental issues, including cavity development that could lead to much larger infections that spread outside of your teeth. The pain associated with impacted wisdom teeth is caused by the collision of your tooth and the roots in your molars, and with the offset positioning of these teeth the experience of chewing can be extremely painful.
What if your wisdom teeth have grown in but don’t cause any pain or discomfort?
In this case, it’s up to you to decide if you would like to have the tooth extraction. It’s technically fine to keep your wisdom teeth if they only cause minor crowding and don’t cause you any pain, however many dental professionals recommend they be removed regardless. Why? Wisdom teeth are more susceptible to cavities than any other tooth in the mouth. If you regularly have your wisdom teeth filled for cavities this is largely due to their location. Thoroughly brushing and flossing plaque is a much more difficult task when your teeth are positioned so far back in your mouth. As well, having to constantly fill cavities because you are continually developing more cavities will end up costing you a fortune in dental expenses. The easiest way to avoid these problems altogether is to get wisdom teeth removal in Ottawa!
If you’ve now decided that a tooth extraction is what you need, it’s important to note that eating your regular meals can be difficult right after your procedure. Here is a list of foods that will be easy for you to eat:
• Protein shakes
• Mashed potatoes
• Scrambled Eggs