Removal Wisdom Teeth in Wimbledon


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Wisdom teeth start to come through from the ages of 18 to 25 years although for some people they may never develop.

On occasion wisdom teeth are not able to come through normally. If there isn’t enough space within the jaw bone or it is placed at an awkward angle, it is difficult for the wisdom tooth to come through and this is commonly known as an ‘impacted wisdom tooth’.

Impacted wisdom teeth can be painful and cause swelling or infection termed as ‘pericoronitis’. It is often that the wisdom tooth has to removed in order for these symptoms to be resolved.

The procedure

Removing wisdom teeth can be done under a local anaesthetic procedure. Although you will be awake during the process, the local anaesthetic helps to block any pain from your gums and surrounding area ensuring you feel no pain throughout.

If the wisdom tooth is a little more complicated, general anaesthetic as a day case procedure may be required, meaning those patients will be asleep throughout the process but still be able to go home later that day.


Side Effects

After your wisdom tooth is removed, it can take up to two weeks for the affected area to fully heal. You may experience a few side effects whilst it is healing, but they are extremely common so don't be alarmed if you experience any of the following:

  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness of the jaw muscles
  • Sore throat
  • Slight temperature after procedure

In rare instances, the lower wisdom teeth are very close to certain nerves leaving a risk of numbness of the lower lip and tongue following the procedure which may be either transient or permanent.

During your initial consultation with Mr Aakshay Gulati, he will be able to thoroughly go through any side effects you may experience and what you should do if a more severe side effect occurs.


After care

After wisdom tooth surgery, the area can be very sore and sensitive. Here are some after-care tips to help ensure your wounds heals in the safest and most hygienic way, helping to reduce any post treatment pain:

  • Aim to keep the gauze pad on the affected area for at least half an hour, after this time this should be removed.
  • Avoid touching the area or mouth rinsing for the first 24 hours after the procedure as this could encourage bleeding in that area.
  • Avoid vigorous sporting activity during the first 24 hours after the procedure
  • Avoid consumption of hot fluids for the first 24 hours as this may encourage bleeding
  • Use ice packs to help minimise and visible signs of swelling on the sides of your cheeks.
  • Avoid drinking from straws as this may irritate the wound
  • Only resume routine daily activities when you feel comfortable doing so
  • Try to avoid hard foods and stick to foods that are softer and easier to chew
  • Be careful when brushing teeth around the surgical area
  • Use warm saline mouthwashes / antiseptic mouthwashes from the following day to bathe the area on a regular basis for approximately 2 weeks to aid healing
  • Avoid smoking

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with Mr Aakshay Gulati for a wisdom tooth to be removed then contact us to book in to discuss this further.

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