WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed. A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired.

WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL

Wisdom teeth which are partially erupted can create gum infections or decay on neighbouring teeth. Here in
Southbank dental, we are trained and equipped for the removal of wisdom teeth and also any other minor surgical
procedures. In most cases a tooth can be extracted safely under local anaesthesia (injection in the mouth). Or we can offer sedation for nervous patients. Where the tooth to be extracted presents a special difficulty, for instance an impacted wisdom tooth. If this is the case, you will be booked with our oral surgeon that specialises in Wisdom Teeth Removal Dr Roshith Valiyamannil.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Why am I having my tooth removed surgically?

Some teeth are required to be surgically removed for a variety of reasons. Typically, the tooth is extensively decayed
or fractured and is causing chronic infection and discomfort.

How long will the operation take?

This depends on the position of your tooth or teeth and whether the operation is being carried out with local anaesthesia alone.

An appointment for surgery under local anaesthesia usually lasts 45 minutes. The longer time allows for the recovery period needed before you can be discharged home.

Will there be any stitches?

Sometimes stitches are needed and they are usually dissolvable in 2-3 weeks following surgery.

Will I be in pain afterwards?

You should not feel any pain immediately after the operation as the area of surgery will be numb from the local anaesthetic. As the numbness wears off, the area might become uncomfortable and then you should take painkillers. We will supply you with these, with information about doses.

Could there be any after-effects?

This depends on the operation. If there are any issues in particular to be aware of, they will be discussed with you beforehand. There may be swelling and bruising in the area of surgery, as well as some discomfort which might limit jaw opening. Bruising is usually at its most obvious two to three days after surgery and varies between patients. It
normally resolves itself after 10 to 14 days.

The removal of buried or impacted teeth or roots may be followed by altered sensation in the area of surgery. This is due to the bruising affecting the nerves that carry sensation from that area. This is usually only a temporary condition although it can take up to six months to fully resolve itself.

When can I return to work?

This depends on your occupation and how you are after your treatment. It may be possible for you to return to work the next day. Some people need to take some time off work. We will give you appropriate advice for your particular circumstances.

After your operation

After your surgery, we will give you an post operative information sheet with instructions to help bring about a quick recovery.

We will discuss this with you before you are discharged home, to ensure that the information is clear and understood.

The main points are as follows.

On the day of the operation

Get plenty of rest in the first few hours after your operation.

Do not rinse your mouth or drink hot fluids.

Relieve discomfort by taking the supplied painkillers as directed and use ice packs to reduce discomfort at the operation site.

From the following day

Keep your mouth as clean as possible by gently brushing your teeth as usual.

Use saltwater mouth rinses (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) every four hours for seven days. This will help to keep the operation site clean and clear of debris.

Avoid smoking. The local action of nicotine in the mouth has been shown to have a detrimental effect on healing after surgery and greatly increases the likelihood of wound infection developing.

Continue to take the painkillers and any other supplied medications as directed and use ice packs for the next two to
three days.

If bleeding is troublesome, you can usually control it by placing dampened gauze over the wound and applying pressure for 15 to 20 minutes (slight oozing can be expected for a short time following surgery).

Would you like to know more about Wisdom Teeth Removal or do have any questions about how we can help you to achieve your perfect smile?

Then call us on 0184 386 1664 or pop into the practice at 144 High St, Broadstairs CT10 1JB, United Kingdom. We at Southbank Dental would love to tell you how we can assist.

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