If you believe your wisdom teeth are coming through and you’re not sure if they’ll need to be removed, you’ve probably questioned your loved ones or asked Dr Google for answers about what you could be in for.
Will I have to go to hospital? Will I be eating ice cream in bed for weeks on end? We have heard all of these questions before!
When you don’t know what to expect when it comes to having your wisdom teeth removed, it can seem like a terrifying and painful experience when in reality, it’s actually a quick and straightforward procedure that will definitely be for the best in the long run!
We’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions below when it comes to wisdom tooth removal recovery, so that you have a better understanding of the process and reduce any fear you may have about this common dental treatment.
Why Would I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
As wisdom teeth are the final teeth to erupt, there is sometimes not enough space for these to fit in the jaw. When this happens, the tooth may come through on an angle, causing it to become impacted and press against the nearby teeth.
Oftentimes, this leads to pain and irritation of the cheeks and gums, also possibly making it difficult to open your mouth.
An impacted tooth can cause:
- Infected gums
- Tooth decay
- Damage to surrounding teeth
What does the procedure for wisdom tooth removal involve?
When having wisdom teeth removed under local anaesthetic by your dentist, you’ll essentially be awake in the dental chair during the procedure. Your dental provider will inject anaesthetic into the surrounding gums so your mouth will be numb throughout the entire process, however, you still may be able to feel some pressure.
At Coolangatta Dental Group you can also opt for IV sedation for Wisdom Tooth Removal. IV sedation will allow you to relax into an extremely relaxed and sleepy state. You won’t have any recollection of the procedure but you still will not be unconscious. IV sedation is an amazing option for nervous dental patients who are seeking pain-free dentistry and an option many of our patients have been thrilled to have as part of their dental plan for many years.
What Is the Process For Wisdom Tooth Removal?
Whilst every case and patient is different, the removal of the wisdom tooth can take roughly 10 minutes to an hour, depending on how complication the extraction is.
The wisdom tooth removal process usually involves:
- Making an incision in the gum tissue to expose the tooth and bone
- Removing any bone around your tooth that blocks access
- Dividing the tooth into sections with a drill if it’s easier to remove in pieces
- Extracting the tooth
- Cleaning the area where the tooth was organically situated to ensure there is no remaining tooth or bone debris
- Stitching the wound closed to optimise healing if necessary
- Inserting a gauze over the extraction site to control bleeding and assist a blood clot to form
How long does it take to recover from a wisdom tooth removal?
The recovery time for wisdom tooth extraction differs depending on several factors, including:
- How many teeth were removed
- Whether stitches were required
- How complex the extraction process was
Wisdom tooth extraction recovery usually takes between a day to a week. after which you will feel up to resuming your normal activities.
What Does Aftercare Look Like?
After your Wisdom Tooth extraction, there are a number of things you will be advised to do by your Dental provider to ensure you heal as quickly as possible.
- Bleeding: If bleeding occurs, bite down on a clean cotton pad or gauze until the bleeding stops
- Swelling: Place an ice pack over the jaw to reduce discomfort and swelling, 20 minutes on then 20 minutes off
- Rinse your mouth with warm salty water after the first day to keep the wound clean and prevent infection
- Stick to soft foods, such as smoothies, mashed vegetables, soup or icecream.
- Get plenty of rest
If you notice any other symptoms like discharge, severe pain or a fever, increased bleeding, a bad taste/odour, or excessive pain/swelling that goes beyond 2-3 days, it’s highly important to contact your dentist as soon as possible to ensure you don’t have an infection.
Complications from wisdom teeth removal are typically very rare, and the benefits of having these teeth removed far exceed the costs or risks for potential problems down the line.
To find out more about wisdom teeth extractions with our highly experience Gold Coast dentists, book an appointment at any of our three clinics located in Ballina, Runaway Bay and Coolangatta.