With age, comes wisdom,
specifically wisdom teeth

WISDOM TEETH SURGERY

Our wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop and emerge through our gums. They usually emerge during the late teens or early twenties and are found on each of the four corners of our jaws.

When they come through correctly, healthy wisdom teeth can help you chew. It’s normal to feel a little discomfort when your wisdom teeth appear, but if you have pain, you should see your dentist immediately. However, when there isn’t enough space for them to surface or they come through in the wrong position, wisdom teeth can lead to problems such as:

  • Frequent food impaction causing discomfort after meals
  • Tooth decay in a partially erupted wisdom tooth
  • Gum infection (periodontitis)
  • Damage to a nearby tooth or surrounding bone
  • Development of a fluid-filled sac (cyst) around the wisdom tooth
  • Your dentist may also recommend removal of wisdom teeth as part of treatment for braces or other dental care. Before making any decisions, your dentist will examine your mouth and take an x-ray. Together, you and your dentist can discuss the best course of treatment.

    What to expect before and after surgery?

    Consult before surgery:

    During this initial visit, your dentist will discuss any risks or complications that may arise during surgery, and carefully explain the procedure to you. You should also provide your dentist with your medical and medication history, as they may influence your treatment. You should remember to ask questions if you are unsure what to expect. Being mentally prepared for the procedure will help you to reduce anxiety on the day of surgery.

    During surgery:

    Watch this video to find out what to expect during surgery

    After surgery:

    Well done – you made it through surgery! Here are a list of things to expect in the first 24 hours:

  • Pain and discomfort – You will experience some pain and discomfort following surgery which can be reduced by taking prescribed painkillers by your dentist.
  • Bleeding – A small amount of bleeding may occur. Avoid rinsing your mouth rigorously. Adhere to instructions provided by your dentist on controlling bleeding.
  • Facial swelling – Some facial swelling may surface over the next two to three days and is a normal response as the body heals and recovers.
  • Facial bruising – As part of the healing process, these bruises (if any) might appear initially and will gradually subside and fade after a week.
  • The general rule is that these symptoms will peak in day 2-3 and gradually reduce over the days. If your symptoms are not improving by day 5, you should consult your dentist immediately.

    Do’s and Don’ts after surgery

    DO

  • Practice soft diet for the first few days
  • Avoid brushing around the surgical site for the first week, as brushing can dislodge the blood clot and sutures (you can clean other teeth as usual)
  • Gently rinse your mouth with the prescribed anti-bacterial mouthwash as instructed by your dentist
  • Reduce facial swelling by placing an ice pack over the swollen area
  • Take painkillers as prescribed to help with pain & swelling
  • Relax for at least 24 hours after surgery. Limit activity for the next day or two.
  • Consult your dentist your symptoms are not improving by day 5 and if you have a fever

  • DON’T

  • Don’t eat crunchy, solid, hard, or sticky foods that may traumatise the wound
  • Don’t spit continuously if you taste blood in the mouth. It is common to have mild bleeding up to 3 days post-surgery. Continuous spitting disturbs the blood clot and causes more bleeding
  • Don’t smoke as it will cause pain, infection and poor wound healing
  • Should you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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