Wisdom Teeth Extractions in Courtenay

You may need a dental extraction for various reasons such as decaying teeth, but the most common extractions are of wisdom teeth. Most people in the modern world get their wisdom teeth removed.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

The average adult mouth is made to hold 28 teeth, but most people end up with 32 teeth. The final four molars to grow into your mouth are called third molars or wisdom teeth. They often crowd your other teeth and can become impacted if they are left alone.


You will need to get your wisdom teeth removed to correct or prevent oral issues. Some of the problems that can wisdom teeth removal prevents are: 

  • Crowding of your back teeth
  • Impacted wisdom tooth caused by the tooth never breaking through the gums
  • Infected gums caused by a flap of skin around a wisdom tooth that has only partially come in
  • Gum disease and tooth decay in the wisdom tooth or in the teeth and jaw near the wisdom tooth


To remove a wisdom tooth your dentist will open the gum tissue over the tooth and remove any bone that is covering the tooth. Your dentist will also separate the tissue connecting the tooth to the bone and then remove the tooth. In some cases the dentist will have to cut the tooth into smaller pieces to make it easier to extract.

Before and After Wisdom Teeth Removal

Before getting your wisdom teeth removed your dentist will numb the area around your tooth with local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, IV sedation or general anesthesia. Once the wisdom teeth are removed your gums will be given sutures (stiches). After the procedure, you will be given some time to rest in the office until you’re ready to be taken home.

Recovery Time

After getting your wisdom teeth removed you will probably experience some pain and swelling, and potentially some bleeding as well. You will need to be careful not to dislodge a blood clot or harm your healing gums, and for the first few days following your procedure you should avoid:

  • Solid foods
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee 
  • Soda
  • Hot beverages


Typical wisdom teeth recovery time is three or four days but it can be as long as a week. Your length of recovery will depend largely on how badly the wisdom teeth were impacted and how they were entering your mouth. Call Riverway Dental today to schedule your wisdom teeth extraction in Courtenay.

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