What To Expect During Wisdom Tooth Removal

22 / 09 / 2022

Why Is Wisdom Teeth Removal Necessary? 

Wisdom teeth begin to grow at the back of the mouth between the ages of 17 and 25. These molars can grow healthily without complication, however, some people experience crowding of the teeth at the back of the mouth and other complications which may require wisdom teeth to be removed. The list of symptoms which may call for wisdom teeth removal is extensive and includes: 

  • Pain 
  • Repeated infection of soft tissue behind the lower last tooth 
  • Fluid-filled sacs (cysts) 
  • Tumors 
  • Damage to nearby teeth
  • Gum disease 
  • Extensive tooth decay 

These symptoms can be present as independent symptoms or result from teeth not emerging from the gums properly or at all. 

What To Expect During Wisdom Teeth Removal? 

Surgery performed to remove wisdom teeth generally takes 45 minutes. Patients will be given a dose of either local, IV or general anesthetic to ensure they do not feel any pain during the procedure. The dentist will cut the gums or jaw bone in a fashion that permits the extraction of the wisdom teeth using specialised tools. Any cuts will be stitched back up with dissolving stitches that disappear after a few days. Gauze padding may also be applied to soak up blood which results from the surgery. 

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Wisdom Teeth Removal? 

If you have had a local anesthetic before your surgery you will probably feel minimal discomfort following the procedure and even be able to drive yourself home. However, if you have had IV or general anesthetic, chances are you will feel drowsy after the procedure and will require someone to drive you home. Patients usually experience a mild swelling and pain in the gums and mouth tissues surrounding the site where the wisdom teeth used to be. This can last for 3 days or up to a few weeks. 

How To Care For Oral Health Following Wisdom Teeth Removal 

Following a wisdom tooth removal surgery, it is appropriate to use an ice pack on the affected areas to reduce swelling and pain. Gently opening and closing the jaw can also make the healing process faster. Be sure to eat plenty of soft foods like pasta, rice and soup and drink plenty of fluids. Brush your teeth starting the second day, but avoid brushing against any blood clots which may be present. Take any prescription medication offered by your local dentist and if a fever or other symptoms break out, consult your general practitioner. 

Do not drink through a straw because this can apply unnecessary pressure to blood clots in the mouth. Avoid eating hard, sticky or crunchy foods too. Finally, do not smoke after the procedure as this can slow down the healing process. 

Book an Appointment at Big Smiles Dental Today 

Treating crowding in the back of the mouth is absolutely essential for oral health. If you have any questions around what you think might be symptoms requiring wisdom teeth removal, or if you are due for a check-up, please don’t hesitate to book an appointment at Big Smiles Dental today.