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Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth can cause pain or serious health issues if they are not removed. Many times, even if there is no pain, dentists will advise in removing your wisdom teeth so that they don’t start to grow into other teeth causing cavities and possibly even cancer later in life.


  • Removal of the extra moler that grows towards the back of the mouth
  • Usually performed on people between 17 and 25
  • Anesthetics may be used to help the procedure feel painless
  • After a day or two swelling will go down and you can begin to return to everyday activities
  • Can cost between £75 and £750

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The Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal

Having your wisdom teeth removed is a safe and smart way of eliminating dental issues further down the road. Dentists usually recommend having them removed between the ages of 17 and 25, but this can differ based on each person. Having your wisdom teeth can be stressful but there are local qualified dentists ready to consult you on a specialized treatment plan.

So how does Wisdom Teeth Removal work?


Wisdom teeth removal will differ from person to person depending on whether they have already begun to grow or if they are stuck beneath the gums. If the wisdom teeth have begun to grow and your dentist has agreed with you that they need to be removed, the procedure will be similar to a regular tooth removal. However, if the tooth is embedded in the jawbone a more advanced procedure will take place.

Your dentist will place a small incision in the gums to allow access to the embedded tooth. After they have gained access to the tooth, they will remove pieces of bone in the jaw that is covering the tooth. This will allow the doctor to extract the tooth before using dissolvable stitches to seal shut your gums. After initial consultation, your dental expert will perform X-rays to decide which procedure will need to be performed in order to extract the wisdom teeth.

At a glance

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Preparation

The wisdom tooth removal procedure involves an initial consultation followed by an operation that will last no longer than 45 minutes. At the initial consultation with a certified dental professional, you will have X-rays taken to decide if the procedure is needed and what type of anesthetics will be used.

Procedure

Local anesthesia is used to numb the area around the wisdom tooth area to eliminate pain and is the best option for the fastest recovery time. Sedation is sometimes recommended to help suppress your consciousness for patients who are nervous about the procedure. Finally, general anesthesia will be administered for more complex procedures that involve making incisions and bone removal. If this is the case, you will need someone to drive you home after the procedure because you will be drowsy and unsuitable to operate machinery.

Aftercare

Following the procedure, there will be a period of time that you will need to recover. Your dentist will place gauze around the incision area to cause blood clots, which help the healing process. Also, your dentist may prescribe some medication to help eliminate any pain as a result of the surgery.

It is not uncommon to experience a bit of swelling within 24 hours of the surgery, so it is recommended to ice and elevate your head in order to help the swelling go down. Also, your doctor will recommend eating soft food at first and avoid using straws, alcohol, and drugs. After 7-10 days your stitches will dissolve and your mouth should begin to feel normal again. If you have any lingering pain or discomfort consult your dental professional to help solve the issue.

Cost

The treatment will not cost much more than a simple tooth extraction. Obviously, the more anesthetics needed will result in a higher cost. Therefore, the price could be as little as £75 all the way up to £750.

Benefits

When your wisdom teeth become impacted or stop growing through the gums serious health problems may arise. Having your wisdom teeth removed prevents any threat of bacteria causing an infection. Dentists advise to have wisdom teeth removed because they are considered unnecessary and don’t fit many people’s mouths. If not removed they can cause teeth to shift and cavities to grow.

Results

The procedure is extremely safe and almost 100% of people can go home after the surgery. After the stitches dissolve or are removed, there will be no repercussions and your mouth will feel normal. Most people choose to have this procedure because they know there are way more risks involved when choosing to leave their wisdom teeth in.

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FAQ's

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With the right professional dental expert, the procedure will be safe and smooth. Complications can arise if the anesthesia is administered incorrectly. However, this is extremely rare and with the right dentist is not an issue.

With an initial consultation, X-rays can be taken to decide if your wisdom teeth have enough to grow. If your dentist concludes that the wisdom teeth are growing in improperly that it is highly recommended to have the procedure performed. There is a small percentage of people who are born without wisdom teeth and don’t have to worry about consulting a dentist over this issue.

The procedure itself should be painless being that you will be administered the proper anesthetics. However, there may be mil pain and discomfort following the procedure. If this is the case, your dentist may prescribe some painkillers. If the pain continues, contact your dentist so that they can advise you on how to eliminate it.

The procedure itself is rather quick and should take no longer than 45 minutes. However, if general anesthetics are used it will take longer to wake up and be conscious enough to be administered leave.

The treatment will not cost much more than a simple tooth extraction. Obviously, the more anesthetics needed will result in a higher cost. Some dentists also offer finance options to spread out the cost of treatment, to make it more affordable.

Depending on your work and the amount of anesthetic used you will need to take at least one or two days off of work. If your job involves physical labor or is extremely active you may need to take an extra couple of days off to help, make the healing process smoother.

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