Wisdom & Impacted Teeth

Most of us will develop 32 permanent teeth. Unfortunately, many of us will not have enough room in our mouth to accommodate and look after them. Many factors have contributed to this phenomenon, but it is clear that the oral health of the average Canadian has greatly improved over the past few decades. As a result, less permanent teeth are lost at an early age. This, in combination with greater access to orthodontic treatment and correction of dental crowding, means that there is even less room for our third molars (wisdom teeth) to erupt into functional positions where we can look after them and keep them healthy.

Since wisdom teeth are located in the back of the mouth they tend to be more difficult to look after which over time will often result in gingival (gum) inflammation, recession, food entrapment, pocketing, bone loss, and infection. It is generally best to have these teeth extracted before more significant and often irreversible damage takes place.

I had an excellent experience with Dr Valiquette with a molar extraction and implant surgery a few years back

I knew that Dr. Valiquette was the best fit for my oldest daughter’s four (4) wisdom teeth extraction surgery. Dr Valiquette has a natural way with people and she treats her patients and staff with respect and gratitude. She is an attentive and patient surgeon that ensures a calm, safe and pleasant experience. Our daughter’s wisdom teeth extraction went extremely smooth with no complications, very little bleeding despite her bleeding disorder and minimal pain post surgery (1.5 days). The post surgery instructions were clear and easy to follow and progressively allows you to resume to normal activity and eating in little to no time. Our youngest daughter will also need her wisdom teeth removed and we are planning on scheduling with Dr Valiquette once again. Thank you Dr Valiquette and Kanata Oral Surgery for your professionalism and excellent care and service you provide to families.


Wisdom & Impacted Teeth

Optimizing Oral Health

Wisdom teeth are the most common teeth to remain impacted, and it is not unusual for young adults to start developing symptoms from them in their mid-teenage years. An impacted tooth is a tooth which has not erupted into the mouth due to overlying gum tissues, bone, or due to the tooth’s position relative to adjacent teeth. Impacted teeth can contribute to problems which are usually better to avoid with their preventative removal. These problems include infection, periodontal disease, decay and damage to adjacent teeth, crowding pressures, as well as bone loss from chronic inflammation, or due to the development of jaw cysts derived from dental follicular tissues.

Orthodontists will often recommend early removal of the wisdom teeth to help prevent crowding after their orthodontic treatment has been completed. Most patients will benefit surgically from quicker healing and fewer complications when their wisdom teeth are extracted while they are still developing and they are less attached to the bone. The removal of impacted wisdom teeth is the single most common procedure which we perform.