Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth Removal

PericorntitisWisdom teeth can sometimes cause a significant aching pain from the back of your mouth, especially if there isn’t enough room for them to come through. Most patients who have their wisdom teeth removed do so between the ages of 18 and 25, as it is often recommended to have them done when your jaw bone is less dense (ideally before 25 years old).

Additionally, younger patients tend to heal much quicker than older patients, but be mindful however, that not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. As your local dentist in Bendigo, our team at Epsom Dental will make sure we best advise you on the state of your wisdom teeth. It is likely that an OPG (full mouth) xray will be required in order to assess how close your wisdom teeth are to your nerves, and then having a consultation with your dentist can answer any questions you have. In some circumstances, you may need to be referred to see an oral surgeon for very complex cases.

AFTER YOUR PROCEDURE

Everyone is different, and hence everyone will heal differently. Some patients may have post-op discomfort for 2 days, whilst some may for 2 weeks. If you feel something is not right, or the post-op pain has started to increase rather than subside, please contact us to let us know, as you may have an infection. The infected area can then be cleaned and medication placed inside, to continue the healing process once again

Depending on the difficulty of the procedure, we may contact or review you a week after your procedure. We will provide very clear instructions on how to take care of the sockets afterwards. The most important instructions to follow are not to smoke, and not to irritate the socket (e.g. over-rinsing, chewing hard on the area, etc)

Sometimes, small pieces of tooth or bone may have broken off during your procedure. Don’t panic, as this can be common. Most of the time, they will wash away with your rinsing, however if they start to become bothersome, contact us as the dentist may need to remove this mobile piece carefully.

Wisdom Teeth

YOU CAN CHOOSE WHETHER YOU WANT TO HAVE YOUR WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTED UNDER LOCAL ANAESTHESIA IN THE DENTAL CHAIR OR UNDER GENERAL ANAESTHESIA AT THE HOSPITAL.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

DOES IT HURT?

If you have chosen to go under general anaesthetic, then you will be asleep during the procedure and will not feel any pain. Your dentist will explain the post-op instructions after the procedure has completed and you are awake.

If you have chosen to have the procedure done under local anesthesia, you will not feel any sharp pain, just pressure (pushing and pulling) as the tooth is removed. At any point in time, if you do feel sharp pain, inform your dentist immediately. Some patients require more anaesthesia than others, especially if the wisdom teeth are very infected.

POST-OP INSTRUCTIONS

  • If you have chosen to go under general anaesthetic, your dentist will explain specific instructions on how to take care of yourself over the next week.
  • If you have chosen to have the procedure done under local anaesthesia, your dentist will likely place sutures to stop any bleeding, and get you to bite down on gauze for up to 30 minutes. If bleeding continues after you have removed the gauze, simply exchange it with the extra pieces provided.
  • Most patients usually take a few days off after wisdom teeth extractions, but this varies greatly person to person.
  • Avoid food that has a high chance of getting stuck inside the extraction socket (i.e. popcorn).
  • Try to have a soft diet for the next few days.
  • Take the recommended painkillers.
  • After the 1st day, start rinsing your mouth out with warm water mixed with salt, about 3 times a day. Try not to rinse too vigorously at first, as this may cause you to start bleeding again.
  • You may place an ice pack over the extraction site (over the skin) to reduce any swelling you may have.
Wisdom Teeth Removal

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