Wisdom teeth removal  

Most wisdom teeth problems develop in people between the ages of 16 and 25. Wisdom teeth are the third molar teeth present in upper and lower jaws. The most common reason for a patient to be referred for wisdom teeth removal is due to impaction or inadequate space for the tooth to erupt fully. As a result, the teeth become difficult to clean which leads to infection, tooth decay and damage to neighbouring teeth and gums. Sometimes wisdom teeth may need to be removed due to disease or the presence of cysts and tumours around the wisdom teeth. In some cases, orthodontist may require removal of impacted wisdom teeth either before or after orthodontic treatment.

Symptoms associated with impacted wisdom teeth:

  • Pain and discomfort: An impacted wisdom tooth can lead to significant pain and discomfort in the mouth and jaw. 
  • Recurrent food trap: Partially emerged wisdom teeth can create pockets where food and bacteria can accumulate, leading to infection or tooth decay. 
  • Facial swelling: Ongoing infection can potentially worsen to affect surrounding structures and cause facial/neck swelling 
Wisdom teeth removal  

Initial consultation 

During your initial consultation, our specialist surgeon will assess your medical history, examine your mouth and xrays. They will recommend the most appropriate treatment for you. 

This would often involve removal of one or more of your wisdom teeth. This is a very common minor surgical procedure. Our primary goal is to provide you with an easy, stress-free experience and support you throughout your recovery. 

In younger people, those between the ages of 15 – 25, the jawbone is not as dense and because of this, removal of these teeth at this time carries less risks and allows for a shorter recovery period. 

Recovery following surgery 

  • Give yourself time to recover. Get plenty of rest. Avoid active sports and exercise, or the operation of heavy machinery. Take time off school, work, or other duties 
  • Expect some swelling – this usually reaches its worst up to on day 3 post-operatively and can take up to 4 to 5 days to resolve. Help to reduce it by applying ice packs to your cheeks during the first couple of days following surgery. 
  • Expect to have some pain and discomfort during the first week – The level of pain is variable and your surgeon will help you manage your pain by prescribing medication and adjusting it according to your needs. 
  • Avoid smoking following your surgery as smoking increases the risk of postoperative infection and dry sockets. 
  • Minor bleeding may occur during the first couple of days post surgery. You will be provided with gauze and instructions on how to manage this. Please contact us for any excessive bleeding. 
  • Most patients recover within a couple of weeks and will resume a normal diet and activity by this time. Please contact us should you continue to have issues that persists beyond 2-3 weeks after your surgery.