The wisdom teeth are medically referred to as the “third molars.” Instead of arriving in the early childhood years, these teeth tend to erupt in the late teen years and even early adulthood. Because of their late arrival, there is often not enough space for them–leaving the rest of the smile at risk of overcrowding and wisdom tooth impaction. Drs. Alan Chan, Yohannes Melkie, and Cristina Rodrigo of Stoneycreek Village Dental in Fort McMurray, Alberta, are here to help you determine if you need to have your wisdom teeth removed and what to expect from treatment.
Wisdom teeth are notorious for becoming problematic in many patients. Not only are they so far back in the mouth that they can leave the smile at risk for cavities and periodontal disease, but sometimes they become stuck under the gum line or “impacted.” When this happens, removal is necessary to alleviate any pain or discomfort that comes with the impaction and to eliminate the problem of affecting the surrounding teeth and smile.
If the wisdom teeth are above the gum line and accessible, simple extractions can be performed. Simple extractions are done within minutes and can heal relatively quickly. However, surgical extraction is needed if the wisdom tooth is impacted underneath the gum line. Drs. Alan Chan, Yohannes Melkie, and Cristina Rodrigo of Stoneycreek Village Dental can provide this service and educate patients on the healing process.
Our team at Stoneycreek Village Dental of Fort McMurray, Alberta, educates patients on aftercare instructions to reduce their risk of problems such as infection or dry socket. Many patients eat soft foods such as applesauce, ice cream, or soup until they can work their way up to hard foods. When a simple extraction is performed, this process is much faster, while surgical extractions require additional healing and recovery time. You must always comply with the aftercare instructions given by our team. Deviations from these instructions can result in potential issues that require additional care and attention.
Your dentist can evaluate your situation and provide you with the costs for wisdom tooth removal. Several factors can affect the price, including the type of removal and how many teeth need to be extracted during a single appointment.
At Stoneycreek Village Dental, our team of professionals assists patients in and around Fort McMurray, Alberta, with a wide selection of dental treatments and services to improve and maintain oral health and wellness.
We are open to new and current patients seeking dental services in their local community.
Dr. Yohannes Melkie obtained his
Biomedical Science degree from the University of Ottawa and his Doctor
of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Western Ontario. After graduation, he moved to Fort Mac,
where he has practiced since.
Dr. Melkie follows various conferences and training sessions to stay current so he can provide the best quality treatment to his patients. He enjoys collaborating with patients to ensure they get the best care.