Wisdom Teeth Removal
Impacted wisdom teeth
Extraction of wisdom teeth is one of the most common surgical procedures that takes place in the UK. Most people have four wisdom teeth which tend to grow in late teenage years or early twenties. These teeth grow in each corner of the mouth, by the time they come through the other 28 adult teeth are normally already in place and in some cases, there isn’t sufficient space for the wisdom teeth to grow through properly. This sometimes causes them to grow at an angle or only partially erupt. This is also known as an impacted wisdom tooth.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause various problems within the mouth, they can move your existing teeth into undesired positions, they can cause infections or abscess due to the angle of which they grow.
Wisdom teeth are routinely extracted surgically by a maxillofacial surgeon who specialises in surgery of the mouth and jaws. It is a day case procedure performed under local anaesthesia with IV sedation for your comfort. You are able to go home the same day. Normally there is some swelling or discomfort for about 2-3 days after which your mouth will start to go back to normal. The surgeon will sometimes prescribe antibiotic cover and will advise on what you can eat and how to brush and clean your teeth after you have had the procedure.
You will be invited to see your surgeon post-operatively for a follow-up check 1-2 weeks after the procedure although in some cases this is not necessary and you can be discharged back to your dentist.
Your wisdom teeth removal surgeon