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Calgary, AB

Wisdom Teeth in NW Calgary

Wisdom Teeth Sometimes Cause Significant Dental Problems

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come in and the least necessary for good oral health. The third molars, or wisdom teeth, typically come in around age 17.

Because our jaws are smaller than our ancestors, our wisdom teeth may not have enough room to fit in our mouths properly. The eruption of these additional teeth can cause problems for your dental health.

Request an appointment to find out if your wisdom teeth need to be extracted.

All of our services are performed by general dentists.

Why Do Some Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed?

Most people have four wisdom teeth, one in each corner of the mouth. These teeth often become impacted or trapped in the jawbone and gums. With no room to erupt, the impacted teeth can grow in incorrect directions, pushing other teeth out of the way and resulting in potential bite and alignment issues.

Whether your wisdom teeth could cause problems or not depends on several factors, including the size of your jaw and how your wisdom teeth grow in.

Choosing not to have your wisdom teeth extracted could result in a variety of issues, including:

  • Gum infection
  • Crowding & tooth displacement
  • Wisdom tooth decay
  • Position-related bite problems
  • Bone decay due to cysts

How Does Wisdom Tooth Extraction Work?


The procedure for removal begins with an evaluation of your dental and medical histories. You may also receive two types of x-rays; a panographic x-ray which provides an overall view of your mouth and an intraoral x-ray which examines individual teeth. The removal may be done in your dentist’s or oral surgeon’s office or occasionally in a hospital. The type and length of the surgery will depend upon how developed your wisdom teeth are.

You may be given a sedative to help you relax, or a general anesthetic so you can sleep through the procedure. You will also receive a local anesthetic to numb the area around your wisdom teeth. Once you are fully relaxed or asleep and your mouth is numb, the surgery will begin. The surgical method depends on whether your wisdom teeth are erupted or impacted.

  • If your tooth is partially or completely erupted, it may be lifted out with forceps. Occasionally, if the roots are deeply embedded in the jawbone, the tooth may have to be split, or some of the bone removed.
  • If your tooth is impacted, an incision is made in the gum to reach your wisdom tooth. The incision creates a flap, which is peeled back, exposing the jawbone. If the tooth is lodged in the jawbone, some bone tissue may need to be removed. The tooth may be extracted from its socket in one piece or split for easier removal.

After the surgery, you’ll rest for a while under close observation as you recover from the anesthetic. When the dentist or oral surgeon is satisfied with your progress, you’ll be able to go home. You should rest and take it easy for the next few days. You will be given instructions for your home recovery.

The healing process begins immediately after surgery. The body sends blood to nourish the tooth socket. To control excessive bleeding, you may be instructed to bite down on a piece of gauze, applying constant, direct pressure to the area. This helps a blood clot to form in the socket. In a day or two after surgery, soft tissue begins to fill in the opening. New bone tissue also begins to grow in the socket, becoming denser over the next two or three months.

Offering General Dentistry to Northwest Calgary

We would love to meet you and your family. Visit our Dental Clinic on Panatella Boulevard NW, just off Panatella Street.

Panatella Dental in NW Calgary


Panatella Dental
650, 1110 Panatella Blvd. NW
Calgary, AB, T3K 0S6

Contact Number

Phone: 403-226-4788
Fax: 403-226-4791
Email: info@panatelladental.com

Hours of Operation

Monday: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday: Closed