Wisdom Teeth Removal
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth usually emerge from the gum (erupt) between the ages of 17 and 24.
They are the last of
the molar teeth. Some people never develop wisdom teeth,
others have up to
four - one in each corner
of the mouth.
Should wisdom teeth be removed?
Wisdom teeth often cause no problems. They are described as impacted when there is not enough space for them at the back of the mouth. In such a case it might erupt towards the cheek or it might impinge on the second molar. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, swelling, infection or damage to the teeth next to them. If the gum around the wisdom tooth is swollen the jaw may become stiff and sore. Infection at the back of the mouth can cause bad breath and a bad taste. The surgical removal (extraction) of one or more wisdom teeth can relieve these problems. People who have impacted wisdom teeth that are not causing problems do not need to have them removed.
How is the impacted wisdom tooth removed?
The removal of impacted wisdom tooth requires a simple operation that is carried out on the dental chair under sedation & local anaesthesia.
- The gum around the tooth is incised and moved to one side. Some bone around
the tooth is then removed.
- Often, the tooth is divided into two pieces before it is removed.
- The gum is then replaced and stitched. the stitches will be removed one week later.
Will there be pain during and after the operation?
Injection will be given before the operation to numb the are. you should not feel any pain during the operation though you may feel or experience some pressure and discomfort. Painkillers will be prescribed
to you after the operation. some swelling of the cheek which may last 3-4 days is expected. You may also not be able to open your mouth fully.
What to do before the Surgery?
Inform the dental surgeon of any existing or past medical conditions.
What to do after the Surgery?
After the operation, you should:
- Bite firmly on the gauze for at least half an hour.
- Take all medications prescribed.
- Change to soft diet for the next few days.
- Avoid strenuous exercise, smoking an alcohol.
- Consult your dental surgeon if your woand is bleeding badly.