About Wisdom Teeth Extraction

What is wisdom teeth extraction?

Wisdom teeth removal or extraction involves the surgical removal of the wisdom teeth in order to avoid infection or pain, or because of overcrowding.

Why would I get my wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth begin to appear in adults between the ages of 17 and 25 and are located at the very back of our mouth, behind the molars. Wisdom teeth can be a cause of pain and discomfort for many. They can also be difficult to clean and look after correctly, increasing one’s chances of contracting gum disease and decay in neighbouring teeth.

Wisdom teeth extraction is ideal for anyone who is experiencing these issues. In most cases the procedure can be done safely with the administration of a local anaesthetic at our clinics. However, if desired or appropriate, wisdom teeth can be extracted while the patient is under a general anaesthetic. We offer this service as part of our sleep dentistry procedures.

What is the procedure for a local anaesthetic extraction?

Once the patient has been informed of the process they are made comfortable in the chair. A local anaesthetic is administered, numbing the area around the tooth. For some patients, we remove bits of the gum and bone as necessary. We then mobilise the tooth and perform the extraction. Patients usually feel some pressure during the procedure.

Wisdom tooth extraction can take from 10 to 50 minutes, depending on the type of procedure.

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Following the extraction, the patient is informed about appropriate aftercare, and is prescribed painkillers if necessary. It is safe for patients to drive home after wisdom teeth extractions performed under local anaesthetics.

How do I prepare for the procedure?

Wisdom teeth extractions require no preparation from the patient. It is fine to eat and drink normally up until the time of the procedure.

What can I expect after the procedure?

Following the procedure, the patient may experience some pain and jaw stiffness. Many patients also experience some swelling and bleeding. These symptoms are completely normal and should not cause concern.

The recovery period from the extraction varies between individuals and depends on the type of procedure and the number of teeth removed. However, generally most patients completely recover within a week. It is recommended to refrain from strenuous activity for 1-2 days following the procedure. Most people find they can return to work after 2 days.

If you are anxious about having your wisdom teeth removed, consider our sleep dentistry services.

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