Wisdom teeth and general tooth extractions
Most people start developing wisdom teeth around 17-25 years of age. For many, the wisdom teeth announce themselves with swelling, pain and discomfort. There might even be a need to remove one or more of the wisdom teeth.
- When your jaw is not large enough to accommodate all your teeth
- When your wisdom tooth is erupting with an improper orientation
- When a cyst develops around the erupting wisdom tooth
- When the tooth is unable to erupt fully
The wisdom tooth extraction procedure
A general dentist is qualified to extract your wisdom tooth. The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia. The specifics of the extraction procedure would depend on the condition that warrants the extraction. If you have an impacted tooth, there may be a need to open the gum tissue surrounding the tooth.Your dentist will advise you according to your individual case.
What’s the recovery process like?
Your wound should heal within a couple of weeks. You may be given analgesic medications to ease the pain. Your dentist will give you some tips to control the bleeding and an oral rinse to promote healing. Many people that have had their wisdom tooth extracted may have swelling. You could reduce discomfort by holding an ice pack on your cheek at intervals. Your dentist may also advise you to rinse your mouth using warm salt water.
Additionally, you would need to watch what you eat for the first few days following the extraction. Your dentist will also guide you on how to brush your teeth, and general dental care following the tooth extraction. It is important to listen to your dentist and follow the self-care instructions.