Hello to all our valued patients and readers! Today, we’re looking into wisdom tooth removal. It’s a procedure many of us might face, so let’s shed some light on what it entails.
When Do They Need Removing?
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last set of teeth to emerge, usually in our late teens or early twenties. By the time these latecomers arrive, there’s often little room left in our mouths to accommodate them. This can lead to what we call ‘impacted’ wisdom teeth, where they don’t fully emerge or grow at an angle. While not all impacted teeth cause trouble, some can lead to dental woes like decay, gum disease, or infections.
The Removal Process
If we spot potential issues during your dental health check, particularly if you have a history of wisdom tooth infection, we might suggest removal. This procedure, which can be performed either by a dentist or a specialist surgeon, begins with an X-ray for a clear view of your teeth’s position. Next, we’ll numb the area with a local anaesthetic. For those who are a bit anxious, an arrangement for sedation might be offered. General anaesthesia is rare but available for complex cases.
The actual removal can vary. Sometimes, it’s a straightforward extraction. Other times, if the tooth hasn’t emerged through the gum, we might need to make a small incision or remove a piece of bone. The tooth might even be cut into smaller parts for easier removal. While it sounds daunting, rest assured you won’t feel pain during the procedure.
Recovery: What to Expect
Post-removal, recovery can take up to two weeks. You might experience swelling, mild bruising, or discomfort, particularly if the extraction is complex. We’ll provide guidance on managing pain, reducing swelling, and caring for the extraction site. Important tips include avoiding strenuous activities, not rinsing your mouth for 24 hours post-surgery, and avoiding smoking and alcohol.
Remember, it’s normal to have a day or two off work post-procedure. And if you’ve had a sedative or general anaesthetic, steer clear of driving for at least 24 hours or 48 hours, respectively.
Your Health, Our Priority
At Sedgefield Dental, your comfort and health are our top priorities. If you have any concerns or symptoms like severe pain around your wisdom teeth, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to guide you through every step of your dental health journey.
Stay informed and take care of those smiles!