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Wisdom Teeth Removal: What to Expect

Wisdom Teeth Removal: What to Expect

For some people, wisdom teeth may grow and not give you any issues for your entire life, for others however they can a big pain! Are you looking for wisdom teeth removal on the Central Coast? At Warnervale Dental, we've got you covered! Here's what to expect...

Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars in the back of your mouth. They usually come in between the ages of 17 and 25.

Why would you need wisdom teeth removed?

Most people have them removed for one of these reasons:

    • They are impacted. Because they're so far back in your mouth, wisdom teeth may not come in normally. They can be trapped in your jawbone or gums, which can be painful.
    • They come in at the wrong angle. They may press against your other teeth.
    • Your mouth isn’t big enough. Your jaw has no room for an extra set of molars.
    • You have cavities or gum disease. You may not be able to reach your wisdom teeth with your toothbrush or dental floss.
    • Prior to orthodontic treatment to avoid relapse and crowding

Find out more about knowing the signs HERE

If you do need your wisdom teeth removed, the good news is the team at Warnervale Dental have extensive skill and experience in this area and have been taking out wisdom teeth successfully for many years on many patients.

Wisdom teeth removal (extraction) - What to expect

Pre- treatment
At Warnervale Dental we like to make sure that our Central Coast patients are well informed and have a thorough understanding of the treatment and what is involved.

Our caring and experienced dental practitioners will discuss with you everything you need to know about the process. They will also provide you with options to make you more comfortable if you are anxious or concerned including sleep dentistry and sedation options. We have a qualified expert seditionist who is available onsite for this purpose.


During treatment
Duration of treatment is dependent on difficulty of extraction, the procedure should take 90 mins or less for all four wisdom teeth to be removed.

You will undergo some form of pain- relief so you won’t feel any pain during your wisdom teeth removal.

Your dentist may need to cut your gums or bone to get the teeth out. If so, they will stitch the wounds shut so they heal quickly. These stitches usually dissolve after a few days.

They may also place gauze pads in your mouth to soak up some of the blood.


Post treatment
Everyone responds differently to surgery and anaesthesia. We advise that our patients organise for someone to drive them home.

Most people experience little or no pain after surgery. You will however likely have swelling and mild discomfort for 3 or so days. Your mouth may take a few weeks to completely heal.

It is important to follow your dentist’s instructions to ensure a quicker recovery.

Tips from the Warnervale Dental team for the first 3 days after treatment:

Dos:

    • Use an ice pack on your face to help with swelling
    • Use moist heat for a sore jaw
    • Gently open and close your mouth to exercise your jaw
    • Eat soft foods like pasta, rice, or soup
    • Drink plenty of fluids
    • Brush your teeth starting the second day. Don’t brush against any blood clots
    • Take the medication as prescribed by your dentist to ease pain or swelling
    • Call your dentist if you have a fever, or if your pain or swelling doesn’t improve

Don’ts:

    • Don’t drink through a straw. Sucking may loosen blood clots that help your mouth heal
    • Don’t rinse your mouth too harshly. Your doctor may suggest rinsing gently with saltwater
    • Don’t eat hard, crunchy, hot, and spicy or sticky foods that may scratch your wounds
    • Don’t smoke. Smoking can slow your healing


Find out more about wisdom teeth extraction HERE

If you think your wisdom teeth may need to be removed, please don’t delay, contact us today to book an appointment with our friendly and gentle team!