What To Expect Before and After Your Wisdom Teeth Are Removed

woman eating ice cream after wisdom teeth removal

What are Wisdom Teeth? 

woman eating ice cream after wisdom tooth removal

Okay, so here you were thinking the tooth fairy had come and gone from your life, collecting all the teeth you’d outgrown. We’re sorry to tell you, but there may be a few more that need accounting for. Wisdom teeth are flat molars that erupt in your late teens to early twenties. But here’s the thing: they’re not necessary for chewing and, well, they’re not really necessary enough to stay in your mouth. Here’s what we recommend:

Why Do We Remove Wisdom Teeth? 

So how come these teeth are said to cramp your style? They can, quite literally, cramp the rest of your teeth, wreaking havoc in all corners of your mouth. That’s why some dentists recommend removing them, often at a younger age since the roots won’t have developed fully.

Prior to Wisdom Teeth Removal, You’ll Need a Dental Exam 

Once you’ve decided that yes, you’re willing to kick those wise wisdom teeth to the curb, you’ll want to head to your dentist for a good old-fashioned dental exam. Here the dentist will determine how tricky of a job the removal will be and you’ll schedule a separate appointment. Not all dentists are specialized or trained in wisdom teeth removal so make sure you do your research!

What to Expect During the Procedure

It’s true, you won’t remember much… Unless your ride captures you looking like a chipmunk on the ride home. You’ll swell up and while it won’t be flattering, YouTube will show you that you’re not alone. During the procedure, you’ll also be under sedation. There are two kinds of sedation: local anesthesia and general anesthesia. With local anesthesia, you’ll be somewhat conscious but won’t feel any pain. 

You’ll likely forget most of the experience anyways. Meanwhile, under general anesthesia, you won’t remember a thing. Determining which type of sedation is right for you generally comes down to how tricky the procedure will be and how nervous you’re feeling. 

What About Recovery?

This experience can be mildly uncomfortable or painful. Luckily, there are tricks to help ease the pain. 

Things to do: 

  • Immediately after the procedure, replace the gauze pads every fifteen minutes until the bleeding stops. 
  • Keep your mouth clean! One trick is to gently rinse your mouth using saltwater. 
  • Use pain relievers… you’ll be prescribed medication by your dentist and it’ll make a world of difference. 
  • Use a wet tea bag and place it on the surgical site. The tannic acid in the tea will help contract blood vessels and control any bleeding. 
  • Rest! This is your chance to binge-watch your favourite Netflix shows guilt-free. 
  • After 24 hours, you should return to your teeth-brushing/flossing routine.
  • Eat all the ice cream, smoothies, jello and pudding you can get your hands on (or see below for our list of the best foods to eat after wisdom tooth removal)

Things NOT to do:

  • First thing’s first, do not use straws! This can lead to a painful condition called dry socket, where the blood clot protecting the bone is dislodged. 
  • No drinking and no smoking… it’s not time to party, however good you may feel. 
  • Avoid blowing your nose and instead dab it if your nose is dripping. 
  • Avoid Double Baconator Burgers from Wendy’s (and all other foods that require excessive chewing.) 

Best Foods to Eat During Recovery 

For a little while, it’ll be like returning to your infant state. You’ll want to eat soft foods that don’t require a lot of chewing and which can’t get stuck in the socket. 

  • Soups and broths 
  • Apple sauce 
  • Pudding 
  • Mashed potatoes 
  • Smoothies 
  • Icecream – You’ve definitely got a good excuse to swing by Village Ice Cream!
  • Yogurt 

Recovery Timeline 

  • Typical recovery time is usually three to four days, but in some cases, it can be up to a week. 

The healing process is more likely to occur quickly if you follow your dentist’s directives. Rinsing your mouth and eating the right foods will help you avoid any chances of infection and get you back to your usual routine in no time!

Want to learn more about the wisdom tooth procedure? 

Visit our wisdom teeth service page. 

How Long Dental Implants Last and What Are Their Benefits?

hand holding dental implant mold
hand holding dental implant mold

What are dental implants and why do people need them? 

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root, which is placed in the patient’s jaw, allowing for a replacement tooth or bridge. Some of the more common reasons people require dental implants are because they’ve lost teeth due to injury or periodontal disease. They’re beneficial for a number of reasons, which we’ll outline below, but are especially valuable in preserving the jawbone. 

How long do they last?

This varies from one patient to the next, but on average they last about 15 years. Proper care can help extend their lifetime significantly, so keep reading to learn more about how to best care for your dental implants. 

I’ve heard there are alternate options, like crowns or bridges? What’s the difference between these dental options and dental implants? 

Crowns: Unlike dental implants that replace the entire tooth, crowns act as a cap on an existing damaged tooth. In order to receive a crown, part of the tooth must still be rooted in place, meaning crowns aren’t an option for people whose teeth have fallen out. Crowns are usually replaced every 10-15 years. 

Bridges: Receiving a dental bridge is an easier and quicker procedure than dental implants, but like crowns, they aren’t always the right option. A dental bridge is an artificial tooth that fills the space between two crowns and is usually recommended to patients with significant jaw bone loss or damage. Bridges are also replaced every 10-15 years

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Benefits of Dental Implants

There are a ton of benefits that place dental implants in the spotlight. Here are just a few of the most commonly discussed benefits: 

  • Improved speech: Patients who have received dental implants notice significant improvements to their speech. This is because ill-fitting dentures often cause people to slur or mumble. 
  • Aesthetics: Dental implants look just like real teeth, giving patients a smile they can feel proud of. 
  • It’s easier to eat: As mentioned above, ill-fitting dentures can be frustrating to deal with. It’s not uncommon for them to slip, making it difficult for people to eat. Furthermore, dental implant patients can return to eating foods that require heavy chewing without worrying that their dentures won’t be able to handle it.
  • Prevents jawbone deterioration: Dentures and dental bridges can actually lead to jaw deterioration or collapse. By replacing the tooth’s root when inserting dental implants, the jawbone is protected. 
  • Convenience: Just imagine, no adhesives, no removing dentures before bed, you can simply wake up each morning, ready for the day. 

Are dental implants for me? 

Dental implants can be sought by people of all ages depending on their situation. Simply put, they’re an option for anyone missing teeth. Nevertheless, there’s an ideal dental implant candidate and we’ve described this candidate below:

What does the process look like?

During the dental implant surgery, the dentist will make an incision to expose the bone. A hole is then quietly drilled into the bone, where the dentist will place a metal post (to act as the tooth root.) The gums are stitched closed and a few weeks is provided to allow for healing before a healing cap is placed atop the screw. The artificial tooth is then screwed into place. The gums are then closed over the implant and over the next few months, the dental implant will secure itself to the jawbone.

To learn more about the dental implant process, visit our dental implant page.

The ideal dental implant candidate: 

  • Is a non-smoker or is willing to quit smoking in order to undergo the procedure 
  • Maintains good oral health 
  • Does not currently suffer from any illnesses which may prevent or delay the healing process
  • Has enough bone density to support the implants 
  • Is willing to commit to a 4 – 12month long process 
  • Has not undergone treatments requiring bisphosphonate medications 

How to care for dental implants so they last 

Alright, so you’ve chosen to go ahead and get dental implants. 

  • Step one: Brush twice a day, floss and use mouthwash, as per usual. 
  • Step two: Purchase low-abrasive tartar control toothpaste. Avoid brands that advertise “whitening properties.”
  • Step three: Purchase a soft bristle toothbrush 

Next Steps 

Want to learn more about if dental implants are right for you?

You can DOWNLOAD our Powerpoint PDF or Book a Free Dental Implant Consultation! You can also Learn more about what to expect if you visit our office with a dental emergency.

Dr. Lui & Associates provide comprehensive, restorative, and cosmetic dental care in Calgary, Alberta. Give us a call to schedule an appointment or learn more about dental implants. You can reach us at 403-263-1346

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When To Consider Invisalign Over Braces

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invasalign-containers-smiling-teeth-mouth

Okay, so you’re ready for straight teeth and that dreamy smile you’ve always wanted. Now, even though we’re sure you’ve already got an amazing smile, we completely understand the impact orthodontic treatments can have on a patient’s life and know there are a ton of choices to sort through! That’s why we’ve written this blog post, to highlight some of the key differences between traditional braces and Invisalign.

Braces

They are held together by tiny rubber bands. By applying pressure to certain areas, your teeth will begin slowly re-aligning themselves back into place for a straight smile This type of treatment has been used for decades and requires you to visit your orthodontist for adjustments throughout the course of treatment. 

But Wait, If Those Are Braces, Then What’s Invisalign? 

Invisalign is a type of clear aligner, also used to help straighten a patient’s teeth. The process starts by capturing a digital, 3D image of your teeth so the orthodontist can build a road map of what those teeth will look like over the course of treatment. Your clear aligners are then custom made, using a specialized printing process.

When Should Invisalign Or Braces Be Worn? 

Overbite, crossbite, underbite, open bite… What are all these bites? Essentially, Invisalign or braces are used for all kinds of reasons. Let’s say your teeth are crooked or aren’t aligning properly, an orthodontist may recommend Invisalign or braces to help make corrections. So, which one’s for you? Well, there’s no obvious answer, but orthodontists will generally use traditional braces for more complicated orthodontic treatments. For patients who are a little more self-conscious, or whose teeth only need a little tweaking, Invisalign can be a great option. 

How Long Do You Need To Wear Invisalign Or Braces To Straighten My Smile?

In most cases, you can assume that Invisalign will work on a pretty similar schedule. The timeline will vary based on your teeth and the amount of work they need to have done. This can range from a couple of months to several years. Of course, with Invisalign, the process will be faster if you’re good about wearing your aligner! 

Caring For Your Teeth Or Clear Aligners 

One of the reasons patients love Invisalign comes down to the fact that the aligners are virtually invisible. But while Invisalign is celebrated for its aesthetic perks, it’s important to note that the aligners need to be taken out each time you eat or drink something other than water. Before putting them back in, you simply need to brush your teeth. For best results, you should wear your aligner 20-22 hours per day! If you’re a parent whose kids are wearing Invisalign, there are also blue indicators that help assure you those aligners are being kept in!

Meanwhile, traditional braces don’t require you to remove anything from your mouth when eating or drinking. That said, it’s a little trickier to care for your teeth since you’ll have to floss and clean around the brackets. In the event that a bracket comes loose or a wire sticks out, you’ll also need to make an emergency trip to the orthodontist. If you decide on traditional braces, we promise floss threaders will be a lifesaver!

How Much Do They Cost? 

Because every smile is a little different, so is the cost! These costs can range anywhere between $3000 – $8000, with Invisalign typically being the more expensive option. Some insurance plans will also cover orthodontic work and many orthodontists offer flexible payment plans to help their patients budget. 

Ok, So Which Is The Better Choice?

Alright, so here we are… We’ve chatted about Invisalign and traditional braces and can safely draw the bottom line: both orthodontic treatments will straighten your teeth. If you’ve got a trickier dental problem or your teeth are severely misaligned, you’ll probably want to go for traditional braces. If you’re okay with taking an aligner in and out each time you eat or drink, but want to enjoy the comforts of your usual smile, then definitely check out Invisalign. Last but not least, check-in with your dentist. They’ll point you in the right direction and answer any questions you may have! 

Next Steps 

Want to learn more about if Invisalign is the right for you? Book a Free Dental Implant Consultation! You can also Learn more about what to expect if you visit our office with a dental emergency.

Dr. Lui & Associates provide comprehensive, restorative, and cosmetic dental care in Calgary, Alberta. Give us a call to schedule an appointment or learn more about dental implants. You can reach us at 403-263-1346

Want to Find Our Downtown Calgary Dental Clinic?d

Find Us!

We’re located downtown in the heart of Calgary!

Address: 407 2nd st Southwest, Calgary, AB T2P 2Y3  

Hours:

Sunday                          Closed

Monday                        7am – 3pm

Tuesday                       7am – 3pm

Wednesday               7am – 3pm

Thursday                    10am – 6pm

Friday                           7am – 12pm

Saturday                     Closed