Wisdom Teeth Removal is a routine oral surgery procedure. Once it has been determined that you would benefit from wisdom teeth removal, you will be provided with pre-operative instructions. You can expect to be in the surgery for an hour to an hour and a half unless told otherwise. Your anaesthesia options are usually discussed at the consultation appointment.
In cases where x-rays reveal that the impacted teeth would be uncomplicated to remove, or in patients where their anxiety levels are low, a local anaesthetic would be sufficient for the procedure. Local anaesthetics numb the general area of the surgical site. For more serious impactions, or for the more nervous patient, a light sedation may be considered to help relax you. When sedation is used, do not eat or drink for 6 hours prior to surgery. This helps to prevent nausea and vomiting during the procedure. It is also important that you are accompanied by a responsible adult to and from the surgery. You must not drive or operate machinery for 24hours after sedation. You should plan to spend the rest of the day at home with someone to look after you. You will be given appropriate medications to make the healing process as comfortable as possible.
During the typical removal of wisdom teeth, the dentist exposes the third molar by making an incision in the gum around the wisdom tooth. If there is a small amount of the jaw bone that covers the impacted tooth it may need to be removed to complete the exposure. When the tooth is clearly exposed we remove it, sometimes in two or more pieces. Once removed, the area is examined and one or more sutures are placed to close the wound.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.