Toronto Tooth Extractions
At Liberty Village Dental, our first priority is to treat and save your natural teeth instead of extracting them and resorting to restorative dentistry. In some cases tooth extraction is our only option, for instance:
- If your tooth is decayed beyond repair
- If your wisdom tooth is impacted
- If there’s not enough space in your jaw
- In preparation for orthodontic treatment
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Wisdom teeth, officially referred to as third molars, are usually the last teeth to develop. They are located in the very back of your mouth, next to your second (or twelve year) molars and near the entrance to your throat. Third molars are usually completely developed between the ages of 15 and 18, a time traditionally associated with the onset of maturity and the attainment of “wisdom.”
Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth commonly do not have enough room to properly erupt into our mouth where they can become fully functional and cleansable teeth. This lack of space can result in a number of harmful effects on your overall dental health. When a tooth cannot erupt into proper alignment, we call it impacted, which simply means “stuck” in an improper position. At Liberty Village Dental we have extensive experience in the extraction of wisdom teeth. There are different degrees of tooth impaction:
Soft Tissue Impactions – There is adequate jaw bone to allow the wisdom tooth to erupt, but not enough room to allow the gum tissue to be properly positioned and attached to the tooth. This causes tremendous problems because it is not possible to keep the area clean. Infection commonly occurs, resulting in swelling and pain.
Partial Bony Impactions – There is enough space to allow the wisdom tooth to partially erupt, but it cannot function in the chewing process. The tooth remains partially covered by bone and soft tissue. Once again, keeping the area clean is impossible and problems commonly develop.
Complete Bony Impactions – There is no space for the tooth to erupt. The tooth is completely covered by bone, or if it is partially exposed through the bone, it requires complex removal techniques.
Our professional and experienced dentists make sure that the tooth extraction process goes as smoothly and pain-free as possible. If a follow up procedure is needed or recommended, our Liberty Village dentist will discuss all your options with you to make sure that together, you’re achieving optimal oral health for you.
We’re always available to provide you with quality dental care that fits your dental needs and your lifestyle. For dental questions, concerns or dental emergencies, call us at 416-533-3323 or book an appointment today.