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Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Many people only have room in their mouth to accommodate 28 teeth, rather than the 32 they would have with wisdom teeth. If there isn’t enough space for wisdom teeth to properly come through, it might come through crooked, pushing against adjacent teeth and causing pain in the mouth. To avoid this and many other complications it could cause further down the line, the wisdom teeth are extracted.

Your dentist will be observing the situation with your wisdom teeth all through your teens and twenties. If they notice any wisdom teeth coming in crooked, they may decide to extract them. This can be done with a local anaesthetic to make the procedure as painless as possible.

Post-extraction

Since wisdom teeth are often large compared to other teeth, stitches may be required following extraction. You may also experience some swelling and bleeding for a few days, but painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can alleviate the pain.

It’s also best in the first 24 hours after extraction to avoid applying pressure or suction to the wound, and only rinse your mouth very gently if required for comfort.

Initially it’s better to stick to a diet of soft foods that don’t have to be chewed. Over the next few days other foods can be introduced back into your diet.

Because the extraction leaves a deep socket in your gum, you’ll need to be extra careful to keep the area clean to avoid infection. Stir a level teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water and gently wash it over the area. Rinse after meals and before bed for seven days.

You can resume brushing your teeth gently, as per your normal routine, after surgery.