Wisdom teeth removal

Wisdom teeth removal

For some people, wisdom teeth erupting is uneventful and without complications. And yet, for others, wisdom teeth can be painful. In those cases, wisdom tooth removal may be the best option. If you are having problems with your wisdom teeth, our dentists are here to help.

When most people are in their late teens or early twenties, their wisdom teeth will erupt.

These four teeth are located at the very back of the mouth and are the last adult teeth to come through.

The need to deal with wisdom teeth is often prompted by discomfort. Wisdom teeth can:

  • Be trapped under the gums
  • Partially erupt
  • Grow on an angle
  • Push into other teeth
  • Damage cheeks and gums
  • Become infected
  • Cause crowding

Just like any other tooth removal, a dentist can often remove wisdom teeth in practice.

Local anaesthesia is used to offer maximum comfort. If you have sensitive teeth and gums, your dentist may  recommend a sedative to further increase comfort.

If wisdom teeth are severely impacted, or there are other complications, you may be referred to an oral surgeon. Your dentist will discuss this with you at your appointment. 

The removal of wisdom teeth is considered a minor procedure. For many patients, discomfort typically resolves over the course of 1 week. The procedure is well tolerated by many patients. Any discomfort following the procedure is easily managed using over the counter pain medication. 

Swelling of the mouth and face is common. Some bleeding may be present at the treatment area.

Your dentist will give you personalised post-procedure instructions which include way to manage any discomfort. 

As mentioned, most patients experience some discomfort following the removal of wisdom teeth and make a full recovery. 

Your dentist will ensure that you are well prepared before your procedure. 

All patients recover form the procedure differently. Some will be able to resume normal activities such as work in the next day or two. For many, allowing  2-5 days away from regular activities such as work offers adequate time for healing and recovery. 

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