wisdom teeth

Tooth Extractions

The team at Evergreen Dental has extensive experience in removal of teeth of all shapes, sizes and locations. This knowledge and care taken into the procedure minimizes the discomfort a patient may experience. Teeth may be extracted because they are severely decayed, have advanced periodontal disease, broken in a way that cannot be saved (including vertical root fracture) or even in some cases healthy teeth that are misaligned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth). Removal of teeth require analysis of the radiograph and intraoral conditions. 

Wisdom Teeth 

Wisdom teeth are also called "8's" or "third molars". They erupt usually between the ages of 16-25.

North American diets have drifted towards softer foods leaving wisdom teeth genetically useless teeth in most cases. As the teeth come in they can become impacted with adjacent teeth, jaw bone or gum tissue. 

Wisdom teeth can become infected leading to damage to adjacent teeth, jaw bone or nerves.

Call the office at 204.339.0050. If you are experiencing any of these signs or symptoms:

Red or swollen gums.

Tender or bleeding gums.

Jaw pain.

Swelling around the jaw.

Bad breath.

An unpleasant taste in your mouth.

Difficulty opening your mouth.

Will It Hurt?

We can sedate you so that you will be in a relaxed conscious state.

Anytime you remove a tooth it is considered surgery. As expected there will be some discomfort after the procedure but no pain during the procedure. Pressure is the only sensation freezing cannot get rid of during the procedure. Before we take out any tooth we always check to make sure your nice and frozen. There are pain prescriptions and antibiotics avaliable after the procedure depending on the case.

What is the Procedure?

We bring you in an 1 hour prior to your appointment for the sedation. You get your blood pressure, oxygen levels and heart rate are taken and monitored throughout the procedure. After all waivers and forms are signed and no allergies or other medical contraindications we give you the sedation.

The procedure itself takes less than an hour most of the time. Please check out the photo gallery to see how the wisdom teeth are taken out.

How Long Does It Take To Heal?

Any discomfort should subside within two weeks of the procedure. The socket or gums will take 4-6 weeks to close and the bone should heal within 3-6 months.

What Is Dry Socket?

The socket is the hole in the bone where the extraction of the tooth had occured. Dry socket is when the blood clot that forms in the socket to protect the bone and nerves underneath becomes dislodged or dissolve a couple of days after the extraction. This creates pain that leaves the bone and nerve exposed to the outside environment which can lead to infection and pain radiating throught the face. It only happens in 5-10 % of cases but increases with any of the following risk factors:

  • smoking
  • poor oral hygiene
  • wisdom teeth removal
  • on birth control
  • history of dry socket 
  • diabetes
  • excessive spitting/ sucking
  • lower teeth more common than uppers because food gets caught.