The removal or extraction of the wisdom teeth is very common and can be carried out by your dentist or doctor. While it may seem a little daunting, the process has improved remarkably and it has come to a point where it is almost painless. This article will provide a little bit more information about the process and what to expect if you are considering this option.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the molars that grow after you have reached adulthood, this usually occurs in the early to mid 20s, but it all depends on the person. Naturally they are known as wisdom teeth for this reason.
The incidence of pain in this process is of course expected to some degree, but with the advances in local and general anaesthetics, it is possible for this procedure to be painless. You will most certainly be prescribed painkillers after a procedure like this to control the pain until the gums heal.
What actually happens
The process starts of course with anaesthetic, which as we mentioned may be local (just the area) or general (you will be unconscious for the procedure). The tooth is removed by making an incision in the gum tissue and by removing the bone that covers the tooth. All the connective tissue is removed and tooth will be fully removed.
Stitches may be necessary in order to assist in the wound healing, but this is not always necessary. The wound will then be covered to prevent any further bleeding after the surgery.
As we mentioned above painkillers will be prescribed and usually in conjunction with antibiotics, which will prevent any infection in the mouth.
- You should try to avoid eating foods that tend to be hard or chewy, particularly in the days following the surgery. This will prevent the gums from becoming aggravated, particularly in the affected area.
- If general anaesthetic was necessary it is also important that you do not attempt to operate machinery or drive a car following the surgery, and this is also the case with most prescription painkillers.
- You should change the wound dressing regularly to prevent infection and allow the wound to heal at an optimum rate.
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Cliftonville Dental provides general dental and adult and childrens orthodontics in Northampton
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