Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the final teeth to arrive, usually around the age of 17. For many patients, the mouth doesn’t have enough room for these extra molars. The eruption of the four wisdom teeth (also called third molars) can pose a threat to your oral health. Wisdom teeth often become impacted and can severely disrupt the alignment of your smile, cause infection, damage the jawbone and lead to long-term oral health issues. This is why many dental professionals recommend having wisdom teeth, or third molars, extracted as soon as possible.

Symptoms of Wisdom Teeth Issues

The following are symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth….

  • Red, tender, bleeding or swollen gums
  • Jaw joint pain or aches
  • Headaches
  • Swelling around the jaw
  • Halitosis (chronic bad breath)
  • A sour taste in your mouth
  • Difficulty opening and closing your mouth
  • Occasional swollen lymph nodes in the neck

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Why shouldn’t I wait on wisdom teeth removal?

We recommend wisdom teeth removal for patients in their late teens to early twenties. During this developmental time frame, the teeth roots are not completely developed and take up less space within the jaw.  If you wait too long for wisdom teeth removal, your jawbone and teeth begin to set. As they get harder, the wisdom teeth are more difficult to remove and the procedure becomes even more complex. Though you can have wisdom teeth removed at any age, younger patients have less risks and complications and tend to recover more quickly following surgery.

How much does it cost?

The cost of third molar extractions depends upon a few different factors – how many wisdom teeth will be extracted, anesthesia used, any issues that may complicate the treatment, and your dental insurance. During your consultation we will provide you with an estimate of your treatment and any anticipate insurance coverage. 

What should I expect?


We offer oral sedation so you will feel more relaxed during your surgery.  Simply come about 1 hour before your procedure time to allow the drug to take effect before we start the surgery. If you decide not to undergo any oral sedation, our doctors will ensure you are fully numb using local anesthesia prior to beginning the procedure.


We will give you some aftercare instructions before you leave. Full recovery time depends on your age and the extent of the procedure. Typically you can expect to resume normal activities after a day or two.

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Moss Wall in Newbury Dental, located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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