What Are Wisdom Teeth & Do I Need Them Removed?
Wisdom teeth usually emerge from the gums between the ages of 17 and 24. They are the last teeth to push through the gums. Some people never develop wisdom teeth.
If you do not have enough space for Wisdom teeth, they will become impacted, causing painful swelling or infection. Impacted teeth need to be surgically removed in order to relieve the symptoms.
After wisdom tooth extraction, you should rest until the effect of the anaesthetic or sedation have passed. After local anaesthetic it may take several hours before the feelings come back, you should take special care not to bump or knock the area.
You will be able to go home when you feel ready. If you are given general anaesthetic or sedation you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home.
Care After Removing Wisdom Teeth
We generally would ask you to come in for review in 2 weeks. Stitches/sutures generally dissolve themselves and if not we remove them for you.
It is very important to remember five rules
- DO take some pain killers after the procedure as per advised by us
- DO use a mouthwash twice daily (warm salty mouth washes or commercial mouthwashes)
- DO use cold packs over your cheeks for couple of hours after the surgery ON and OFF
- DON’T spit out any blood for the first 24 hours to prevent from recurring bleeding
- DON’T smoke for the first 24 to 48 hours to promote better healing
It may hurt from 2 to 14 days after removal of wisdom teeth. If you follow the instructions given to you, there will be minimal discomfort. Most of our patients are back to work after 2 days.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.