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. Wisdom teeth don’t usually cause any trouble and don’t need to be removed, however if there isn’t enough space for them to grow up at the back of your mouth, they will become impacted, and they will also cause severe painful swelling or infection. Impacted teeth need to be surgically removed in order to relieve the symptoms.
After wisdom tooth extraction at The Prime Care your dentist will advise you to 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 You may be given painkillers, antibiotics and mouthwash solutions to take home.
What to do after surgery
The following tips will help you speed up your recovery:
- After wisdom tooth removal bite gently on the gauze provided and change it every 30 minutes
- Call your dentist if you still have bleeding 24 hours after your surgery
- While your mouth is numb, be careful not to bite the inside of your cheek, lip, or tongue
- For 24 hours after surgery do not expose yourself to too much sun or do exercise, as physical activity may increase bleeding
- Try using an ice pack on the outside of your cheek for the first 24 hours for 2 or 3 days.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.