Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth are a set of third molars, and usually erupt during our late teens.
Wisdom teeth are extracted to correct an oral issue, or to actively prevent one from arising. A number of problems can occur in relation to wisdom teeth and these include:
- Your jaw may not be able to accommodate the new teeth, and they can become impacted and unable to break through your gums.
- Wisdom teeth may break partway through your gums, causing extra gum tissue to grow over them. Food and bacteria can become trapped under this gum tissue, and can cause infection.
- One or more of your wisdom teeth can come in at an awkward angle – which can misalign existing teeth or cause more serious problems such as infection, bone damage or a cyst.
Extractions are done under local anaesthetic to minimise any discomfort during the procedure. The dentist will then uncover the gum tissue from around the tooth, and remove the tooth either in sections or as a whole. Your gum tissue is then stitched together, and these stitches will then dissolve during recovery.
The recovery time after wisdom teeth extraction should be a few days at most. During this time is is best to follow these helpful tips for a comfortable recovery:
- When lying down, prop your head up with pillows to discourage excess bleeding.
- Avoid physical activity for a few days.
- Use an icepack on the outside of your mouth for the first 24 hours, then switch this with a warm cloth for the next few days.
- Choose soft foods and avoid using straws or touching the treated area.
- Continue to gently brush and floss your teeth.
- Do not smoke for at least 24 hours after surgery – this will dramatically delay healing.