Extraction of the wisdom teeth is a very common dental procedure and can be carried out in a hospital or by your local dentist. This may seem like a daunting procedure to have and it is something that people generally fear, but what you may not know is that this is an area of dentistry that has really improved and is now at the point of being relatively painless. In this article we will talk more about extraction of your teeth in general.
Normally a local anaesthetic is used to numb the area in which the tooth or teeth are to be extracted (removed). General anaesthetic may also be used if there are a number of teeth that need to be removed, this will mean that you are not conscious for the duration of the procedure.
The procedure will start with the anaesthetic, once this has taken effect your dentist or surgeon will proceed to remove the tooth or teeth by opening the gum tissue over the tooth or teeth and taking out the bone that covers the tooth. The connecting tissue will be cut and then the tooth will be removed, often this can be difficult and the tooth may be cut into smaller pieces in order to remove it much more easily.
Stitches may be required to close the wound, but this is not always the case and you will be advised if this is necessary. The wound is then covered to prevent further bleeding and this is usually with gauze.
Usually antibiotics will be prescribed after surgery to prevent any infection from occurring, painkillers are also highly likely to be prescribed, as there may be some pain and discomfort after the surgery.
Things to remember
It is important to remember a few things after removal of your teeth or
- Be careful not to eat any hard or very chewy food after dental surgery as this may aggravate the wound and cause further issues
- Be careful with your mouth when the anaesthetic is still working and try not to bite your lip, tongue or cheek. It is also advisable not to scratch your face as the tingling from the anaesthetic can cause an itch and you may not realise how hard you are scratching.
- Change the dressing on the wound regularly to keep the wound clean and prevent the risk of infection.
- Your mouth is the fastest healing part of your body and it will only be a few days before your mouth is feeling good again
About the dentistry
Boyne Dental & Implant Clinic is a dentist in Navan, Ireland that is dedicated to providing its patients with high quality dental care, in professional, friendly, comfortable environment at a reasonable price.