Wisdom teeth removal

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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

About

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

Need to know

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    You'll need some form of anaesthetic to have a wisdom tooth extracted. If you have a local anaesthetic, your consultant will give you an injection in your gums to numb the area. If you're having general anaesthetic, you'll be asleep.

    Your consultant will recommend which type of anaesthetic is best for you.

    During the procedure, your consultant may cut back your gum very slightly. And they might have to remove a small amount of bone. They might also need to cut your wisdom tooth into one or more pieces to make it easier to extract.

    Once your tooth has been extracted, your consultant will close your gum with dissolvable stitches.

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    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.

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    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.

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We offer this treatment at a fixed price at some of our facilities.

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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.

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