Wisdom Teeth Extraction for Patients

Unlike their name, wisdom teeth don’t make us smarter. In fact, these large third molars can cause many problems, including pain, dental crowding, cyst formation, and an increased risk of gum disease. These molars are the last permanent teeth to grow in, usually between the ages of 17 and 25. Unfortunately for most of us, by this time, both our upper and lower jaws have a full set of teeth and no room for four more molars (one on each side of the upper and lower jaw).  


When wisdom teeth don’t fit well within your tooth and jaw structure, they are called impacted wisdom teeth. This means there is no space for them to break through the gumline like other growing teeth.  

When these large teeth begin to grow in, they can become encased in tissue. Encasement in gum tissue is called a soft-tissue impaction, while encasement in bone is called a bony impaction. If left alone, these conditions can cause pain, swelling, and infection. The issue is so common that most Americans need to have the wisdom teeth removed, and the standard procedure is very simple and safe. 


Fortunately, wisdom teeth are the last molars in the back of your mouth and removing them doesn’t affect your smile, appearance, or dental function (ability to eat, speak, etc.). On the other hand, wisdom teeth that make it through gum and bone without getting stuck often emerge into a mouth that doesn’t have room for them, crowding existing teeth and impacting the look, feel, and function of your smile.  

Because crowded teeth are harder to clean, the risk of tooth decay and gum disease increases. 

If you would like to learn more, read an eBooklet about wisdom teeth management published by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. 


The surgeons at Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery recommend that children entering their teen years receive an X-ray evaluation by a dentist, orthodontist, or oral and maxillofacial surgeon to determine the location and condition of wisdom teeth. Early intervention to remove wisdom teeth that are likely to become impacted can prevent future discomfort, promote rapid healing, and pave the way for a healthy smile. Wisdom tooth removal also aids in orthodontic treatment by creating space in which permanent teeth can emerge or be moved into their ideal arrangement. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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How Much Does Wisdom Tooth Extraction Cost?

The cost of the removal of wisdom teeth varies depending on the complexity of the procedure. The procedure to remove impacted wisdom teeth is more involved than the removal of wisdom teeth that are close to erupting, for example. The staff at Kelowna Oral & Facial Surgery will review all financial aspects of treatment after a thorough consultation with Dr. Martyna. You will always have the opportunity to review your treatment plan, including the cost, prior to surgery. This remains true for patients scheduled for consultation and treatment on the same day. Information regarding our financial policy can be found in the Patient Information section.

Why do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed if they’re not bothering me?

If wisdom teeth erupt into the oral cavity, and become fully functional teeth, they do not need to be removed. However, most wisdom teeth become impacted when they cannot erupt into the mouth due to lack of space and tooth position. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to decay of adjacent teeth, gum disease, crowding, and can even form cysts which will lead to bone loss and possible nerve damage.

Why did my dentist refer me to drpillai to have my wisdom teeth removed?

Dr. Pillai works with your dentist to determine the best time to have your wisdom teeth removed. Most commonly, wisdom teeth are extracted during the teenage years or early 20s. At this age, the risks of surgery are at their lowest, and the recovery potential is at its highest. This procedure is done in our office, usually with sedation or general anesthesia, and the recovery time is typically minimal (a few days off work or school).


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Delta, British Columbia
Canada Zip Code - V4E2R6


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Email: drmkpillai@gmail.com

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