Are you experiencing pain or discomfort from wisdom teeth that haven’t yet pushed through your gums? They may be impacted, possibly infected and unable to erupt. Here to help manage your oral health and well-being, our routine wisdom teeth removal procedure will provide you with instant relief.
Most people have between one and four wisdom teeth, although some won’t have any at all. A dental scan will ascertain if you do have wisdom teeth. It will also reveal their orientation and we’ll be able to determine if there’s enough space available for them to erupt.
Some wisdom teeth may erupt smoothly and cause no problems. However, if they’re impacted under the gum, they can cause pain, gum infections and in severe cases, damage to your second molar teeth.
While painkillers may help control mild pain and antibiotics or a saltwater wash can help relieve an infected wisdom tooth, these are short-term solutions. This is why, if they’re unable to erupt, we’ll generally recommend a wisdom teeth removal procedure.
Step 1: We’ll take a dental scan
After completing a dental scan, we’ll be able to advise you on whether your wisdom teeth need to be removed.
Step 2: We’ll determine the best extraction procedure
If your teeth have simple anatomical shapes, we can extract them under a local anaesthetic, here at our practice. Alternatively, if your wisdom teeth are an irregular shape or are severely impacted, we may need to remove them under a general anaesthetic in hospital. In some cases, we may also refer a wisdom teeth removal to a specialist oral surgeon.
In any of the above scenarios, we’ll always take the time to explain the process, aftercare and long-term benefits, tailoring a dental treatment just for you.
Step 3: Wisdom teeth aftercare
To ensure a speedy recovery, we provide you with a detailed aftercare plan. While you may experience swelling, some bleeding and possible bruising, these should subside within the first 24 hours. Our recommended aftercare plan includes the following tips:
Generally, your wisdom tooth socket should take between 2 to 4 weeks to heal the gum tissue. The underlying bone will heal in approximately 6 months.
If you experience excessive bleeding or there is continued pain, fever or swelling, we urge you to get in touch with our team. We’re here to help and will be able to provide the best advice to ensure your quick recovery and ongoing wellbeing.
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