Removal of Wisdom Tooth

Wisdom teeth are often removed if they are inappropriately placed. It might be that there isn’t enough space for the tooth, and it interferes with the neighbouring teeth. In some cases, this will cause infections and pain and a heightened risk of cavities. In these cases, we recommend removing the wisdom tooth.

In other cases, there will be enough space for the wisdom tooth, and you won’t experience any discomfort. However, it’s important that there’s enough room for you to keep the tooth clean as well as the neighbouring teeth, to avoid infection and cavities. It may be a good idea to have an X-ray taken to see how, exactly, the tooth is placed. If you’re in doubt, we recommend you make an appointment with us so we can decide on the best solution for you.

How Do You Remove a Wisdom Tooth?

You can remove a wisdom tooth with a regular tooth extraction or with a minor surgical procedure. Whether we operate or extract the tooth, you will get a local anaesthetic for a pain-free treatment.

If we operate, we will carefully make a cut and push the gums aside to reach the jawbone. After that, we will remove the wisdom tooth. In some cases, it may be necessary to remove some of the bone around the tooth to loosen it. It may also be necessary to split the tooth if its placement is inappropriate, or its roots go in different directions. When the wisdom tooth is removed, we will close the cut with a couple of stiches. The operation will, of course, take place in a sterile setting.

What Happens After the Tooth Is Removed?

It’s completely normal for the area around the removed wisdom tooth to be sore or swell a bit. You will feel that when the anaesthetic wears off. You can decrease the swelling with an icepack or a cold, damp towel on the cheek, where the tooth has been removed. It may also help to suck on an ice cube.

Swelling and soreness will usually be worst in the first 48 hours, after which it will decrease. You can take pain medicine such as ibuprofen (Ipren) or paracetamol (Panodil) if needed. If the swelling continues for more than two days after the removal of the wisdom tooth, we recommend you contact us.

Some may also experience a discolouration of the skin or the mucous membrane around the area because of an accumulation of blood. This is normal as well and will usually disappear after three or four days.

On the first day, you may experience a bit of blood oozing from the wound. This is completely normal. But if you experience heavier bleeding, you can stop it by pressing a gauze compress to the place where the tooth has been removed. Bite down on the gauze for about 30 minutes. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, please contact us.

If the wound has been stitched together, the stiches will need to be removed by your dentist after five to six days.

Some Advice:

  • The wound needs rest to heal. Therefore, you should avoid physical activity the first couple of days. Furthermore, you should avoid touching the wound, not with your fingers, tongue, or toothbrush.
  • Be careful when brushing your teeth. For the first week, you shouldn’t brush your teeth in the area where the wisdom tooth used to be. You should also avoid using mouthwash the first 24 hours after the wisdom tooth has been removed. After 24 hours, we recommend you rinse your mouth carefully with lukewarm water or chlorhexidine as this will decrease the risk of infection.
  • Cold, soft, and fluid foods will be best to eat for the first 24 hours after the operation. Avoid warm foods. Moreover, avoid chewing with the side where the wisdom tooth has been removed.
  • You mustn’t suck on the wound which is why we recommend you not use a straw when you drink for the first couple of days after having the tooth removed.
  • Avoid smoking as smoking will delay the healing of the wound.
  • Avoid alcohol the first 24 hours as it increases the blood supply, thus increasing the risk of post-operative bleeding which will delay the healing process.

In rare cases, the wound may become infected. This will result in pain, bad breath, and a bad taste in your mouth. This infected state will need further treatment, and if you’re in doubt, we recommend you contact us.

Is It Painful?

We fully understand that you may be worried about having your wisdom tooth removed. At Curaeos, you will get a comfortable treatment, and we offer pain-free treatment. If you suffer from dental phobia, we recommend you let us know beforehand to give us the opportunity to be extra careful and set aside extra time for your treatment. Read more about dental phobia here.