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Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Dr. Wallace offers the extraction of wisdom teeth from his Waterloo office as well as at St Mary’s General Hospital and Grand River Hospital.  Read more in the About Our Practice page for more information regarding our approach to your treatment.

What can I expect through the course of my treatment?

Consultation

  • During the consultation Dr. Wallace will evaluate the position of your wisdom teeth to evaluate current or future issues. At this time, an assessment is made related to the difficulty of these extractions as it relates to fees and expected recovery time.

Surgery

  • Removal can be done under local or conscious sedation as well as under general anesthetic. General Anesthesia will be administered by a network of Certified Medical Anesthesiologists associated with Grand River and St. Mary’s hospitals who come to the office to provide patients with excellent care. The use of these Anesthesiologists allows Dr. Wallace to focus on the primary objective of removing your wisdom teeth as quickly and painlessly as possible while ensuring the best treatment outcome.

Post-Operative Care

  • Expect a follow-up call the day after your surgery as we would like to ensure that your comfortable and taken care of.  It may be necessary to return to the office for a post-operative exam if you are experiencing severe pain or if there are any complications.

Where will my surgery take place?

Most surgeries generally occur in Dr. Wallace’s offices. In certain cases, a patient’s medical needs may warrant treatment at Grand River Hospital, or St. Mary’s Hospital  in their out-patient facilities. Patients will be made aware of this at during their consultation. Dr. Wallace has  full hospital privileges at the regional hospitals above in accordance with his provision of emergency services to the Kitchener-Waterloo community.

Why do we remove Wisdom Teeth?

The  unfortunate reality is that the average  human mouth has only enough room to hold 28 teeth. Third molars, more commonly referred to as Wisdom Teeth, often erupt in the mouth during adolescence in poor position leading to a number of short and long term problems such as;

  • Swelling/infection
  • Cavities in the wisdom and adjacent teeth
  • Jaw Stiffening
  • Pain/Illness

If left untreated, the following symptoms can result in tumours or cysts around impacted wisdom teeth, resulting decay of surrounding jaw bone and healthy teeth. For a more detailed explanation, visit the Canadian Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons website for more information.

For the EVEN MORE curious, there is an interesting article from the Discovery Channel related to human evolution and the reduced need of third  molars available here.