Extraction (or oral surgery) can be provided with sedation for nervous patients.
Often, as wisdom teeth start to come through, they push against the teeth already there. This can often cause pain or discomfort, so the best thing to do is to visit your dentist.
The dentist will likely take an x-ray of your mouth to see how – or if – your wisdom teeth are coming through. From this, they will be able to make a judgement on whether or not to take them out. Extractions can also be done under sedation.
Having a tooth out is the same as having an operation. Because of this, you must look after the area to speed healing and to reduce the risk of infection. Here are some pointers:
- For the first 24 hours, you must avoid hot food, cigarettes, and alcohol.
- Don’t rinse your mouth for 24 hours after extraction. After that, rinse gently with warm salty water – half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water is enough.
- Brush your teeth as normal to keep your mouth as clean as possible.
- You may feel some small pieces of bone work their way out of the socket – don’t worry, this is perfectly normal.
- If you feel swelling or discomfort take some ordinary painkillers – aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetomol is fine.
- Place a gauze or clean cloth handkerchief on to place onto the area where the tooth has been removed.
- Roll into a small firm pad large enough to fit over the gap (probably around 1cm by 3cm).
- Sit up and gently clear away any blood clots around the gap using the gauze or hanky.
- Put a clean pad over the gap (from tongue side to cheek side) and bite down on it firmly for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Take the pad off and check whether the bleeding has stopped. If not, apply a fresh pad and contact your dentist.