Wisdom teeth removal

A wisdom tooth extraction is a routine dental operation. It is advised if your wisdom teeth are highly impacted or if they are the source of dental problems like cellulitis, tooth decay, or gum disease.

How do wisdom teeth work?

The average person has four wisdom teeth. They are the final teeth to erupt and are situated in the back of the mouth. This typically takes place in our late teens or early 20s. There may not always be enough room in your mouth at that time. Because of this, teeth may erupt at an angle or continue to cling to the gums.

When should a wisdom tooth be removed?

In addition to displacing other teeth, an impacted wisdom tooth can cause discomfort or irritation. Additionally, it can result in other typical dental issues like decay and gum disease, as well as, in more extreme circumstances, pericoronitis, cellulitis, abscesses, and cysts.

Surgery is not the sole available course of action. Antibiotics may be prescribed by the dentist for mild infections. But if the tooth is excruciatingly painful or misaligning your other teeth, we will typically advise surgery. If we can see that the tooth is likely to cause issues in the future, we might also recommend removal as a prophylactic step.

We advise scheduling an appointment with the clinic if you are suffering any symptoms, including tooth or gum discomfort.

What is the course of treatment?

To see all of your teeth, even any that have not yet broken through the gums, the dentist will first take an X-ray of your mouth.

The impacted tooth will then be surgically removed when you return to the clinic, if advised. Under local anaesthetic, the tooth removal procedure typically takes less than 20 minutes. We also provide sedation if you are anxious about getting medical attention. Please go to our Sedation page for further details.

If no sedative was administered, you'll be permitted to leave the clinic right away. For the following 24 hours, you should refrain from exercising and drinking hot beverages.

Recovering from wisdom tooth removal

The recuperation period following wisdom teeth removal depends on a variety of variables, including the number of teeth being extracted and how challenging the extraction is. You must avoid hot beverages, mouthwash, and spitting for 24 hours following the extraction because doing any of these could disturb the healing blood clots that are developing over the wound. You may have pain, soreness, swelling around the mouth and cheeks, bruising, and occasionally individuals report a bad taste in their mouth while recovering fully, which typically takes up to a fortnight. Pain from wisdom teeth removal should be manageable with the aid of over-the-counter pain relievers. You can control your recuperation during the first few days by sticking to soft foods, avoiding intense activities, using an additional pillow to support your head, and regularly gargling with salt mouthwash.

Infection and bleeding are potential side effects of having your wisdom teeth removed. Contact us right away if you develop a high body temperature, discharge surrounding the extraction site, ongoing swelling and pain, or protracted bleeding.

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