Wisdom Teeth Removal
When or if wisdom teeth come through, many people’s mouths do not have the room for the tooth to develop normally. This causes the tooth to develop irregularly or in an awkward direction. Many people experience serious pain when this happens, which results in the necessity for the wisdom tooth/teeth to be removed.
Some of the symptoms of wisdom teeth development include:
- Pain and tenderness in the gums and jaw
- Swelling or redness in the gums
- An unpleasant taste in the mouth when you bite in the area of the wisdom teeth
- Bad breath
- Trismus (difficulty in opening the mouth)
Can my dentist remove my wisdom teeth?
In many cases, wisdom tooth extraction is fairly simple and can be extracted like any other tooth, which a general dentist is definitely qualified to do. However if the tooth has grown in an irregular manner, for example it has turned sideways and is pushing into the neighbouring tooth (impacted), this can be difficult to extract and while general dentists can decide whether they want to perform the extraction, many refer on to an oral surgeon.
Why are wisdom teeth removed?
- Infection may develop in the gum flap overlaying the tooth, or decay may develop in the tooth due to it being hard to reach with a toothbrush
- Impacted teeth may damage the teeth beside them
- Wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean, making them prone to decay and infection
- Should the tooth fail to erupt, a cyst may form and, by gradual enlargement, endanger the health of the nearby bone and teeth
These problems can be prevented by the timely surgical removal of the teeth.
How are my wisdom teeth removed?
A cut is made in the gum to expose the whole tooth. Some of the surrounding bone may need to be removed, and sometimes the tooth may be divided into pieces to assist in its removal. The area from which it has been removed is cleansed and stitched to restore the normal contour of the gum and to help keep food out of the socket. The stitches used may dissolve or may require removal at a later date.
Will I feel pain during the operation?
The dentist will assess the difficulty of extracting the wisdom tooth and discuss your options. A wisdom tooth can be removed with a simple local anaesthetic to numb the area, so no pain is felt during the procedure. We can also offer sedation to help you feel more relaxed during the surgery or ensure you have limited memory of the procedure. If general anaesthetic is required, then this is done by a specialist in a hospital.
How will I feel after the operation?
After the operation, you may have pain and swelling which may last up to one week. A painkiller will be prescribed to help you with the pain. The swelling will make it difficult for you to open your mouth wide, and you will need to eat soft foods that don’t require a lot of chewing.