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The wisdom teeth get their name as a result of their belated arrival. But more often than not, these teeth erupt in less than ideal circumstances, giving rise to the need for wisdom tooth extraction. In fact, studies have found that up to 85% of the population will have to have some or all of their wisdom teeth removed at some point in their life.

There are a number of reasons as to why your wisdom teeth might need to be removed. For the most part, the human mouth typically has room to comfortably fit 28 teeth - the number of teeth present before the four wisdom teeth erupt. With that, insufficient space can lead to crooked eruption, crowding, partial eruption leading to infection, and gum inflammation, just to name a few.

If you’re feeling bothered by the eruption or presence of certain wisdom teeth, then our dentists in Barrie can provide you all the information you need for safe and easy wisdom tooth removal.

When Do Wisdom Teeth Come In?

Wisdom teeth get their name from the fact that a person will have to be at least 17 to 25 years old for the teeth to erupt. Some people welcome all four of their wisdom teeth, while others have less. Research has also found that some individuals are void of any wisdom teeth all together.

This might be because of a genetic mutation or because we’re slowly evolving to not need them anymore. When we consider the reality that most wisdom teeth need to be removed, it becomes easier to believe that they’re more of an accessory rather than a necessity.

Do Wisdom Teeth Have to Be Removed?

That depends. There are some people who are able to welcome their wisdom teeth into full eruption without problems. More often than not, these individuals have wider jaws and thus more surface on the gums to accommodate the full set of 32 teeth. However, studies have found that humans are collectively evolving to have much smaller jaws.

Because the food we eat requires very little effort to masticate and grind, our jaws have adapted to become much smaller. And thus, the third pair of grinding molars that we’re supposed to grow now often lose their place. When there isn’t enough space for the wisdom teeth to surface, the possibilities for complications increase.

There are a variety of problems that could emerge if a wisdom tooth can’t push through the gum line. And these include:

Incomplete eruption - This simply means that the crown was not able to fully surface through the gums. And because this leaves the gums open, the area becomes prone to infection. Individuals with incompletely erupted third molars might also feel discomfort and pain emanating from the site as a result of the soreness and inflammation caused by the incomplete process on the soft tissues.
Impacted molars - Impacted molars are basically wisdom teeth that erupt sideways. The head of the crown presses against the second molars and the tooth applies force towards the rest of the teeth. Impacted molars can be painful and prone to infection. In some cases, they might even force the other teeth into misalignment, resulting to both cosmetic and occlusion problems.
Pericoronitis - If a wisdom tooth is unable to fully emerge from the gums, then the soft tissues may inflame, becoming predisposed to cysts and even tumorous growths. The extraction of the emerging or poorly surfaced tooth can reduce the pressure on the gums and restore them back to optimal health.
Recurrent pain - It’s not impossible for the pain that comes hand in hand with an erupting wisdom tooth to keep resurfacing for years after it surfaces. That’s mainly due to the fact that the gums are not optimally healed or positioned relative to the teeth, making them prone to damage from brushing or chewing.
Infection - A wisdom tooth’s position at the back of the mouth makes it especially prone to infection. If poorly or incompletely erupted, small crevices between the wisdom tooth and the one next to it can become a breeding ground for bacteria as plaque, tartar, and food debris collect away from the reaches of conventional cleaning methods.

The necessity of removal depends on whether or not the tooth in question might risk complications later on. Consult with one of the dentists at Barrie to determine whether or not your wisdom teeth can stay in place without issues, or if they need to be removed to prevent further dangers to your oral health.

Signs and Causes of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Impaction is the most common reason for wisdom tooth removal. The improper eruption of the tooth through the gums won’t only heighten the risk for infection and decay, but it also compromises the condition of the surrounding teeth.

Although an impacted tooth might not cause too much trouble now aside from some discomfort or mild to moderate pain, it can become detrimental to your dental health down the line. Some of the signs of an impacted third molar include:

Swollen gums
Pain, tenderness, sensitivity emanating from the area of eruption
Unpleasant taste in the back of the mouth
Foul odor coming from the area of the tooth
Difficulty eating
Pain or discomfort upon opening and closing the mouth

So, why exactly do wisdom teeth become impacted? As the last of the adult teeth to emerge from the gums, wisdom teeth have the smallest amount of space to surface. But because they’re naturally programmed to somehow push through the gums, the tooth will try to find a way to make it possible - even if that means pressing against the other teeth in the line-up.

The narrow jaw that most people these days have make it easier for wisdom teeth to emerge sideways instead of vertically upwards. With its crown pressed against its neighboring tooth, the third molar becomes impacted, perpetually applying pressure on other teeth and structures in its area. This constant pressing is what pushes the teeth into misalignment, causing malocclusion, pain, decay, and a host of other dental health concerns.

While it might be possible to speculate whether you’ve got an impacted tooth or not, there’s still no better way to confirm it than by visiting your dentist. At Barrie, our dentists can provide you sound information and diagnosis to help you plan your next step for your third molars. Visit our clinic today and find out whether your wisdom teeth are impacted and if an extraction should soon be scheduled.

What Happens If Wisdom Teeth Aren’t Pulled Out?

So you’ve got a problematic third molar and you’re just not ready to have it removed. What’s the worst that could happen if the tooth was left in its place? The risks for the problems listed above do not decrease with time. In fact, problems with third molars might become even more pronounced as you age.

If you decide not to have your wisdom teeth pulled out, our dentists at Barrie can provide you all the information you need in order to properly care for the intact tooth and prevent complications down the line. Failure to effectively clean and take care of the wisdom tooth puts it at risk of infection, tooth decay, and pain.

In cases where a wisdom tooth has been left untouched for too long, the tooth may alter the positioning of the teeth in the mouth. The force of the erupted tooth can press on its neighbours, pushing them to make room for itself. This then causes overcrowding, forcing teeth to overlap and become crooked.

While the cosmetic issues caused by this shifting of positions can be problematic enough, the change can also result to malocclusion. This negatively impacts your bite, and increases the possibility of infection and decay since there are more surfaces of your teeth that are inaccessible to traditional oral hygiene methods.

If a wisdom tooth is allowed to realign the teeth, then you might end up paying more to restore proper alignment. After the extraction, you might have to undergo orthodontic treatment - like braces - to resolve malocclusion and minimize the risk of associated complications. So the more you wait, the more expensive you’ll have to pay to restore your teeth.

Many people shy away from tooth extractions in fear of pain and cost. But our dentists at Barrie guarantee to provide you all the necessary information and clarification to make you feel comfortable throughout the process. Their fair prices and careful processes prioritize your comfort and convenience so you can go through the entire extraction without apprehension.

Is Wisdom Tooth Removal Painful?

Perhaps the most common question on the minds of those who are candidates for third molar extraction is this - will it hurt? As a minor surgical procedure, dentists know better than to perform the extraction without the necessary anaesthesia. Typically, dentists will use Novocaine to numb the area of the tooth to be removed. Patients who are especially worried or apprehensive may also be given a sedative to calm the nerves and keep them relaxed throughout the procedure.

Our dentists are Barrie are careful to make sure that each patient is comfortable and fully informed before the beginning of the procedure. With years of experience under their belts, our dentists demonstrate exceptional precision when it comes to determining the ideal dose of anaesthetic to guarantee a smooth and pain-free procedure.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Recovery

After the extraction, you might expect moderate pain at the site of the removal. The pain might be most pronounced up to two days after the procedure. Mild pain, discomfort, and swelling might remain for up to two weeks after the tooth is removed. If your dentist applied stitches to assist in the healing of the area, then it’s possible that you might have to return a week after to have the stitches removed.

Your dentist will also instruct you to observe a specific diet as you recover from the extraction. A soft diet will be recommended to limit the pressure of mastication on your gums and teeth. Blended soups, mashed vegetables, light broths, and pureed fruits are all good choices for your recovery diet.

The dentists at Barrie know that the process of tooth extraction doesn’t simply end when the tooth is taken out. Our professional dentists will provide you all the information and guidance you need to help you through the recovery process and to ensure that your extraction heals as soon and as effectively as possible.

What are the Signs of Poor Healing After Wisdom Teeth Extraction?

In some cases, and individual might experience poor healing after a wisdom tooth extraction. This will sometimes occur as a result of poor aftercare which is imperative to the proper healing of the surgical site. Maintaining an awareness of the status of your oral health after undergoing third molar removal should help you pinpoint when it’s necessary to seek your dentist’s guidance and treatment for potential complications.

Some of the signs of poor healing after wisdom teeth extraction include:

Severe pain
Numbness of the tongue, lips, chin, or other surrounding structures
A foul odor coming from the site of the extraction

These are the most common signs of poor recovery, but it’s not an all-inclusive list. If you’re suspecting that your wisdom tooth extraction isn’t healing as planned, then make sure to reach out to your dentist.

At Barrie, we provide optimal care before, during, and after the extraction procedure to minimize the risk of complication and to encourage optimal healing. Our skilled dentists have been in the business for years, ensuring top-tier dental care that eliminates the potential of these post-surgical issues from developing.

How Much Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost?

Now, the big question - how much does wisdom tooth removal cost? Well, it really varies from dental clinic to dental clinic. Generally, dental extractions in Canada can cost anywhere from $130 or more, depending on the unique factors that surround a patient’s specific case.

At Barrie, we provide wisdom tooth extractions at fair and competitive prices, helping you achieve relief from the pain that the condition causes without having to put too much of a dent on your wallet. On top of that, we also offer a range of payment options, put in place to help make sure that all of our clients can enjoy the convenience of paying through a channel that best suits their financial situation.

Consult our dentists today and find out how much your specific tooth extraction might cost, and discover premium dental care at a patient-friendly price when you step into our clinic.

Do You Need a Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

You probably read the information provided here because you or someone you know is currently experiencing the brunt of a wisdom tooth eruption. If you suspect that you might need an extraction, don’t hesitate to reach out to our dentists in Barrie to get a consultation and find out the best possible course of action for your tooth.

With pristine world-class facilities, board-licensed professional dentists, and a careful treatment process that ensures the safety and comfort of each patient, we take pride in our operations that have improved countless smiles throughout the years.

Let us be a part of your dental care experience and find out why we’ve become one of the most trusted names in the business. Contact us today and find out how we can help you achieve relief and protect your dental health from that pesky third molar.

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Hello Again Smile Centre Family,

Many of you have reached out to us and we are happy to report that we are all doing well. Many of our team members are still working hard at homeschooling their children... with varying degrees of success. Others are just trying to keep the kiddos from tearing the house apart, LOL. The rest of us have been using this time to catch up on projects we have all been meaning to get to, but somehow have not found the time.

We wanted to let everyone know that between the homeschooling and the home renos and projects, we have not forgotten about the Smile Centres. Many of our team members have been working hard behind the scenes with our Doctors to explore new ways that we can continue to provide excellent care while adhering to new guidelines to keep you and your family safe. While we love to focus on Dentistry, the safety and wellbeing of our teams and patients is our top priority.

We are using this time to:

  • Invest in new technology to ensure the safest environment possible
    • Enhanced PPE​ for our teams
    • Air filtration systems to remove harmful aerosols
    • Plexiglass barriers to protect you and our team
    • Advanced health screening
  • Learn new dental techniques and protocols
    • Many of our team members have been participating in online courses
  • Upgrade our websites to make it easier to share information
    • Digital office forms that can be completed prior to your office visit
    • Adding ​ ​virtual consultations​ ​ to limit office visits
    • Paperless insurance claims and payments
    • Simple financing options
  • Working on “ideal scheduling” to enable more efficient patient appointments
    • Zero wait time​ ​ appointments
    • Limiting the number of patients and staff in the clinic
    • Pre-appointment digital Q&A available
  • Adding new digital scanners to increase our ability to offer ​same day services​ such as crowns, bridges, nightguards, and even dental implants

We are also developing a ​ ​SMILE CENTRE app​ ​ that will be exclusively available to Smile Centre clients with some really cool features.


As you know, at this time, ​ all ​ elective procedures - including general dentistry and hygiene appointments - are still being suspended for at least the next few weeks. ​ If you have an appointment prior to May 18, you can consider it cancelled. ​ Our team is trying hard to reach out to everyone and as we know more, we will begin to reschedule appointments. At this time, we are not rescheduling surgery appointments or regular dental appointments until we have a better grip on when things will be returning to “normal”. We are hoping to see you soon!

We look forward to seeing you back at the Smile Centre once we’re able to open our doors again. We will be adding extra time to accommodate the need that has been created by this unforeseeninterruption; don’t worry! Your health is important to us and we will work overtime to ensure all our patients are accommodated.


Under the guidelines from the Ministry of Health and RCDSO, we must screen carefully and minimize patient contact, ​ but we are accommodating emergency patients on a case-by-case basis. ​ If you have a dental emergency, or think you may be experiencing symptoms that could become urgent, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are monitoring messages regularly; the easiest way to reach any of our clinic locations is via text message.


We know that you may have some questions for us! We are in the process of organizing a virtual Q & A for all of our patients. We are getting some of our Dentists and team members together in a virtual forum to address any concerns and share some exciting new changes that we are making in all of our Smile Centres. ​ Look for our invitation in your email to join us for this event (coming soon!).


We are all in this together. We will come away from this situation stronger and more appreciative than ever of the tiny conveniences that we all take for granted every day. Perhaps more family togetherness will become the new normal; maybe this will all be a lesson in taking a step back and appreciating the things we have around us.


Barrie Smile Centre
TEXT: 705-996-3097
PHONE: 705-315-3000

Mapleridge Smile Centre
TEXT: 289-803-5289
PHONE: 905-832-9008

Markham Smile Centre
TEXT: 289-806-1696
PHONE: 905-472-6670

North York Smile Centre
TEXT: 365-800-0136
PHONE: 416-730-8223

Skymark Smile Centre
TEXT: 289-809-6162
PHONE: 905-890-1100

Markham Stouffville Smile Centre
TEXT: 289-274-7253
PHONE: 905-472-7717

Once again, thank you so much for your understanding. We value your loyalty and the fact that you have chosen us for your care. We promise that when this is all over, we will help you to SMILE.

Thank you,
Your Smile Centre