Wisdom Teeth Removal in Westshore – Langford
Wisdom teeth— the third molars in the very back of your mouth— may require removal if, after eruption, they remain hidden within the gums, only emerge partially from the gums, and/or crowd nearby teeth.
Here at Westshore Dental in Langford, you will receive a comprehensive assessment about if and when your wisdom teeth should be removed, alongside a detailed plan of action for how we’ll be conducting the process.
The Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth removal works to prevent infection or decay
Getting wisdom teeth removed mitigates damage to surrounding teeth, improves overall dental health, and prevents the need for further related dental or orthodontic work in the future
If pain is present, wisdom teeth removal will alleviate pain in your face and mouth regions
Background on Wisdom Teeth Removal
Because wisdom teeth frequently require removal to prevent potential dental health problems like overcrowding, decay, gum disease, infection, and damage to neighbouring teeth, surgical removal or extraction of these molars is routine.
However, it hasn’t always been this way: before the introduction of Novocaine in 1902, wisdom teeth were rarely removed as a preventive measure. This changed in the 1950s, when the rollout of antibiotics for professional dental use dramatically reduced the risk of post-procedure infections.
A fun fact? As human jaws eventually evolved to be smaller over time (thanks to the inclusion of soft, cooked foods that don’t require many teeth in order to chew and consume) wisdom teeth removal became necessary in the majority of patients, as most simply don’t have enough jaw space for these third molars without experiencing dental disruption.