Once our specialist recommends removing your wisdom tooth/teeth, an X-ray of your mouth will be taken to help them determine how to carry out the procedure.
Before having your wisdom teeth removed, you’ll be given an injection of local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area.
If you’re particularly anxious about the procedure, OUR SPECIALISTS may give you a sedative to help you relax. This usually involves an injection into your arm.
General anaesthetic is rarely necessary. When it’s needed, your wisdom tooth will be removed in hospital, although you should still be able to go home on the same day as the procedure.
Removing the wisdom tooth
If the tooth hasn’t come through the gum, a small cut (incision) will be made in the gum to access it. A small piece of the bone covering the tooth may also need to be removed.
The tooth may be cut into smaller parts to make it easier to remove through the opening. There’s less need to make an incision if the tooth has broken through the gum.
You’ll feel some pressure just before the tooth is removed. This is because our specialist needs to widen the tooth socket by rocking the tooth back and forth before taking it out.
Surgery to remove wisdom teeth shouldn’t be painful, because the area will be numb. However, if you feel pain during the procedure, you can tell our specialist so they can give you more anaesthetic.
How long it takes to remove the tooth will vary. Simple procedures can take a few minutes, but it can take longer than 20 minutes if it’s more complicated.
If an incision has been made, dissolving stitches are used to seal the gum. Your dentist will tell you how long the stitches take to dissolve (usually 7 to 10 days).
Our specialist may place gauze over the site of the extraction and ask you to keep pressure on it by biting your jaws together for up to an hour. This is to allow a blood clot to form in the empty tooth socket. Blood clots are part of the healing process, so try not to dislodge them.
In some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed if you have an ongoing infection.
For the 24 hours after removing your wisdom tooth, you should avoid: