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Wisdom Tooth Surgery/Oral Surgery

In cases of advanced gum disease and tooth decay, teeth may need to be extracted. Some patients may also develop impacted wisdom teeth, which can cause intense pain. This is alleviated by having them removed surgically. One area in which it is possible for dentists to specialise is oral surgery, an umbrella term for all dental procedures involving surgery, such as the extraction of teeth or wisdom teeth.

It is always important to get the advice of a dental professional if you are worried about any of your teeth. Never attempt to pull out your own tooth at home as this could cause a more serious problem for you.

Tooth extractions typically involve the following

  1. Before the procedure you may require an x-ray of your teeth.
  2. Depending on your particular case and the severity of your problem, you may be given a local anaesthetic and offered sedation if you are anxious.
  3. Dentists have the right equipment and sterile environment to extract teeth with the utmost care and your recovery can be surprisingly quick.
  4. In the case of wisdom tooth extractions, you may have some swelling after the procedure and discomfort that can be eased with over-the-counter painkillers. In cases of advanced gum disease or periodontitis, antibiotics will be prescribed to reduce the risk of further infection.

Life benefits

  • Safe and sterile procedure
  • Quick recovery and healing time with reduced infection risk
  • Sustained good oral health

Symptoms of Wisdom Tooth Pain

Inability to open your mouth fully (trismus) and extreme pain on swallowing

Relief from Wisdom Tooth Pain

This minor surgical procedure can be carried out under IV sedation (twilight sleep)

Wisdom Tooth Extraction (Oral Surgery)

Oral surgery in dentistry is considered a specialisation. Here at Acorn Dental Care we offer all types of oral surgical procedures ranging from simple extractions, apicectomies, implants to impacted wisdom teeth extractions. All these procedures can be carried out under local anaesthetic with or without intravenous sedation (twilight sleep).

An impacted Wisdom Tooth

  • Some bone is removed to gain access
  • The tooth is split
  • The roots are removed separately
  • The gum is replaced and heals naturally

Things to Remember After Oral Surgery

  • For the first 24 hours after oral surgery, try to: avoid eating hot food, don’t smoke, don’t drink any alcohol, and try not to disturb any blood clot which might have formed.
  • Don’t rinse your mouth for six hours after extraction. After that, rinse gently with warm salty water – half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water is enough.
  • Brush your teeth as normal to keep your mouth as clean as possible.
  • You may feel some small pieces of bone work their way out of the socket – don’t worry, this is perfectly normal.
  • There may be some swelling and a bit of discomfort in the first two to three days. If you need to, take some ordinary painkillers – Aspirin, Ibuprofen or Paracetamol will be fine.
  • If you feel pain immediately after the tooth has been removed, it might be where the blood clot has broken down leaving an empty hole in the gum. This is called a ‘dry socket’ and will need to be looked at by your dentist.
  • Your dentist may have given you some gauze to place onto the area where the tooth has been removed – if not, a clean cloth handkerchief will do just as well (but not a paper tissue).Roll it into a small firm pad large enough to fit over the gap (probably around 1cm by 3cm). Sit up and gently clear away any blood clots around the gap using the gauze or hanky. Put a clean pad over the gap (from tongue side to cheek side) and bite down on it firmly for 10 to 15 minutes. Take the pad off and check whether the bleeding has stopped. If not, apply a fresh pad and contact your dentist.
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