Wisdom teeth removal

SURGICAL EXTRACTION OF WISDOM TEETH


If your wisdom teeth are painful, taking up too much room in your mouth, infected or decaying you can have them removed

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About having wisdom teeth removed.

You might need to have your wisdom tooth removed for several reasons such as tooth decay, repeated or serious infection, to make space for other teeth or to prevent damage to your cheek or gums.

It's a common procedure that can take up to an hour (depending on how many teeth you're having removed).

Need to know

You'll need some form of anaesthetic to have a wisdom tooth extracted. If you have a local anaesthetic, your dental surgeon will give you an injection in your gums to numb the area. If you're having general anaesthetic, you'll be asleep during the procedure. Your consultant will recommend which type of anaesthetic is best for you.

During the procedure, your consultant may cut back your gum very slightly, they might have to remove a small amount of bone. They also might need to cut your wisdom tooth into one or more pieces to make it easier to remove. Once your tooth has been extracted, your surgeon will close your gum with dissolvable stitches.

If you're having general anaesthetic, your consultant will tell you how long you should avoid eating and drinking for.

Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.

You should be able to go home after your procedure. If you've had general anaesthetic, you might feel a bit groggy straight afterwards and you should arrange for someone to drive you home.

You might feel some discomfort and pain for a while after having a wisdom tooth extracted but this should go quite quickly. Your consultant might prescribe some pain relief. And they might also suggest you use special mouthwash in the few days after your procedure.

Hospital stay and procedure

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Wisdom teeth removal Consultants

Mr Mustansir Alibhai

Mr Mustansir Alibhai

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Mr Nicholas Kalavrezos

Mr Nicholas Kalavrezos

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Professor Kavin Andi

Professor Kavin Andi

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Mr Ross Elledge

Mr Ross Elledge

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Our Wisdom teeth removal locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.