Wisdom tooth extraction can help alleviate pain and save your smile

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Wisdom tooth extraction can help alleviate pain and save your smile

During a dental exam and cleaning, your dentist may discover that you need to have one or more wisdom teeth extracted. In many cases, this may be due to extensive damage. However, it can also be due to the tooth or teeth causing damage to other healthy teeth. Here at Smile Horizons Dental Arts in Mississauga, Ontario, Dr. Hytham Elwi and his dedicated team have performed this common procedure many times over the years.

Main reasons why you’ll need a wisdom tooth extracted

Dr. Hytham Elwi and his team will be able to tell you exactly why you may need to undergo a wisdom tooth extraction procedure. Here are a few common reasons why you might need one:

Dental abscess

Your wisdom tooth might have an abscess when the tissue and tooth roots become infected. A root canal procedure can sometimes clear this up, but an extraction may be the best course of action.

Tooth decay

If your tooth has a lot of damage caused by acids and bacteria, there’s a good chance it will have a cavity. While the most common fix for this problem is fillings, sometimes this isn’t possible, especially if the damage goes deep down to the pulp. In cases such as this, an extraction will be necessary.


One of the most common reasons to remove wisdom teeth is crowding, when teeth grow too close to each other. This can cause alignment issues, and a tooth extraction is often necessary before a patient can get braces to correct the misalignment.

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What’s involved in a tooth extraction procedure?

Before wisdom tooth extraction, we will administer a local anesthetic, after which Dr. Elwi will remove some bone and gum tissue. Should your tooth be impacted, it will need to be removed in smaller pieces rather than the entire tooth. To conclude the procedure, Dr. Elwi may put in place dissolvable stitches.

Recovery after wisdom tooth removal

After your procedure, Dr. Elwi will go over the steps you’ll need to follow to take care of the extraction site over the next few days. Fortunately, you should have no issues during recovery, but if you notice any concerns or unusual symptoms, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Elwi right away.

Saving the good by removing the bad

Removing problematic wisdom teeth can be vital for maintaining your smile. Please call Smile Horizons Dental Arts today at (905) 607-8778 and schedule your appointment with Dr. Hytham Elwi. Our office is located at 3145 Dundas St W, Unit 13 in Mississauga, ON.

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