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Wisdom Teeth Removal In Lethbridge: There's Nothing To Fear

Able Dental - Friday, October 07, 2016

We get it. No one likes the idea of dental surgery. The phrase “wisdom teeth removal” conjures up images of chipmunk cheeks, ice bags and pain. So you put it off. Don't feel bad. You're not alone.

The truth is there's nothing to fear. Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most routine procedures in our Lethbridge dental clinic. It's painless and quick. In some cases, it can take as little as a minute to remove a wisdom tooth.

Still anxious? No worries—literally. At Able Dental Group we take your dental anxiety seriously. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry when needed. Options include nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral conscious sedation or IV sedation to lower your anxiety and eliminate pain. Call us at any of our clinics in Lethbridge, Alberta, to discuss your sedation options.

Here are some more facts you may not know about wisdom teeth removal.

1. Not just for teens

It's true that wisdom teeth usually arrive in your late teens to early 20s, but there's no hard and fast rule. Adults of all ages can need wisdom teeth extraction. Don't assume you don't need your wisdom teeth out just because you're over 25.

2. No pain required

Modern dentistry has come a long way in eliminating unnecessary pain and discomfort from dental procedures. We now have a wide array of anaesthesia options and post-care pain management techniques. It’s our goal to keep you pain-free during all our procedures. Wisdom teeth removal is no different. Your safety and comfort is our number one priority.

Now, let's talk about why wisdom teeth removal is so important. Wisdom teeth don't always grow in smoothly. Sometimes, due to limited space in your mouth, they come in sideways and partially or fully impacted. This creates tooth crowding and a host of other problems.

Problems caused by avoiding wisdom teeth removal:

  • Misalignment of teeth
  • Tooth grinding
  • Cracked or broken surrounding teeth
  • Infection, decay and gum disease
  • Inability to get orthodontics due to lack of space
  • Jaw pain
  • Difficulty eating

Any time you have pain or swelling in your mouth, jaw or face, you need to see your dentist. This is extra important if it's related to impacted wisdom teeth.

But what if I don't have any symptoms?

Great question! Believe it or not, you could need your wisdom teeth removed and not even know it. This is why those regular checkups and X-rays are key to your dental health. To find out more, contact us at one of our several Able Dental Group locations in Lethbridge and Crowsnest Pass. We'll answer all your questions and show you why there's nothing to fear.