Worried about having your wisdom teeth removed? We understand that the thought can be stressful. However, the Bluewater team have many years experience treating nervous and worried patients. A dental specialist from our team will make sure that you are at ease, well-informed of what the procedure entails and also, that you understand what’s involved with wisdom tooth removal aftercare.
Wisdom Tooth Removal – What to Expect
Did you know?
The procedure of removing wisdom teeth is one of the most common surgical procedures carried out in the UK. So, if you’re feeling apprehensive about surgery, just know your dentist will have large amounts of experience!
We all have 4 wisdom teeth. They are the last set of adult teeth to come through (normally in your late teens or early twenties) and are located at the back of your gums, one in each corner.
Because wisdom teeth are the last to come through, there is often a struggle for space and so, it’s often the case that they struggle to grow properly. If your wisdom teeth struggle to come through, are only partially through or are growing at an angle; they are known as impacted.
When should you visit a dentist?
In our last post we explained that, if your wisdom teeth are causing you bad pain, it’s time to make an appointment with your dentist. It is from that point where your dentist can let you know if they need to be removed or not. Your dentist will carry out an x-ray which will give them a better idea of where your wisdom teeth are growing and at what angle.
Why might your wisdom teeth need to be removed?
Impacted wisdom teeth and wisdom teeth that haven’t completely broken through can cause problems because food and bacteria are likely to become trapped around the edge of the tooth. Trapped bacteria cold lead to;
- Gum Disease
- Cellulitis – this is an infection caused by bacteria in the cheeks, throat or tongue
- Pericoronitis – this is when the build of plaque causes an infection in the tissue surrounding the tooth
- An abscess
- Cyst or growth
Though these problems can be remedied with antibiotics or an antiseptic mouthwash, we would definitely recommend the removal of wisdom teeth as a permanent solution.
How are wisdom teeth removed?
Before the treatment, you’ll be given a local anaesthetic to numb the area. Though you are likely to feel pressure throughout, you shouldn’t feel pain. The whole removal should take no more than 20 minutes.
What does the wisdom tooth removal aftercare entail?
After the procedure you could have;
- Swollen gums and cheeks. Though this will worsen initially, it will then improve. You can help the swelling reduce by pressing lightly on the area with a cold cloth.
- Bruising. The skin around treated area may develop bruising, this could potentially last for 2 weeks.
- A sore or achy jaw. It is more than likely going to be case that your jaw aches after the removal procedure. Initially it may cause discomfort, however it should wear off and improve within a week or 10 days.
- A bad taste in your mouth.
- Numb or tingling mouth/lips/face.
To help your recovery you may want to;
- Take painkillers – ibuprofen/paracetamol.
- Avoid rigorous activity or exercise for a couple of days.
- Use another pillow to place your head in the best, supportive position at night.
- Avoid the following for a day; rinsing, spitting, consuming hot drinks or beverages/food that could potentially dislodge any blood clots formed over the treated area.
- Avoid smoking and consuming alcohol for 24 hours.
- Chew using other teeth.
- Consume soft or liquid foods.
- Rinse area with antiseptic mouthwash, regularly and repeatedly – particularly after eating.
Whether you’re looking for a Kilbirnie, Renfrew or Beith dentist – Bluewater are here to help. We’re located conveniently on Lochwinnoch High St!