Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are located at the back of your mouth (the third molar teeth). In your late teens or twenties, they appear to come through (erupt). Some wisdom teeth do not erupt completely and get trapped against surrounding teeth or bone causing impaction. Other wisdom teeth may rise too far resulting in over eruption.  This can result in gum tissue lying over your tooth causing further complications.
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Wisdom Tooth Removal

Your wisdom tooth may need to be removed for the following reasons. 

  • Repeated or serious gum infection
  • Tooth degradation
  • Damage to the surrounding gum or cheeks
  • To facilitate orthodontic treatment 
  • Difficulty cleaning your wisdom teeth
  • A cyst or other jaw related complications
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What Does The Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure Involve ?

Under a local anaesthetic, upper and /or wisdom teeth are removed quickly. Lower wisdom teeth can be a little tougher to extract. Removing a wisdom tooth may involve an incision in your gum to facilitate better access. This allows for a clean division of the tooth and manipulation of the surrounding bone structure. 

How Soon Will I Recover?

You will be required to take at least a week off work. Depending on the level of impaction, you should be able to return to regular activities within a week. Many individuals make a complete recovery within this time period. The management of moderate pain caused by wisdom teeth can be assisted by basic painkillers such as paracetamol. If the area around the wisdom tooth is infected, antibiotics, fresh salt water and chlorhexidine mouthwash will be prescribed. 

Are There Any Alternatives To Removing A Wisdom Tooth?

In some circumstances, it might be possible to remove the gum lying over the tooth (operculectomy) if a wisdom tooth has partially erupted. If your tooth’s root is close to the nerve that gives the lower lip sensation, only the crown of your tooth can be extracted (coronectomy). 

Dental Check-Ups & Cleaning:

Prioritise your oral health with our comprehensive dental check-ups and gentle cleaning services. Our experienced team ensures thorough examinations to detect any issues early. Our meticulous cleaning method will maintain and protect your oral health. Schedule your routine check-up today for a confident and radiant smile.

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