Your wisdom teeth are the third set of molars you get in adulthood, usually much later than when the rest of your adult teeth come through. There isn’t always enough space in your mouth for the wisdom teeth to grow properly which causes them to get stuck or emerge at an angle. These teeth are known as impacted teeth. If you are experiencing severe pain from your wisdom teeth you should see your dentist and they will tell you whether they need to be removed. Impacted teeth might be removed if they cause tooth decay, gum disease, pericoronitis, cellulitis or abscesses.
The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic injection and ranges from lasting a few minutes to 20 mins. If the tooth is still below the gum, the gum is cut to access it. The tooth might also be cut into smaller pieces to make it easier to remove. As the tooth is removed, the dentist/surgeon will move the tooth around the socket to widen the space during which time you may feel some pressure.
There is nothing you need to do before the procedure but you might wish to read more about it or talk to your dentist/surgeon if you have an questions or concerns.
Dissolving stitches are given to seal the gum. You may also have to bite on a piece of gauze around the extraction site to keep pressure on it for up to an hour. You should avoid rinsing your mouth out with liquid, smoking, drinking alcohol, hot liquids or strenuous physical activity for 24 hours after your procedure. Recovery can take up to two weeks during which time there could be swelling, pain and a sore/stiff jaw.
If a local anaesthetic was used you can drive after the procedure.
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