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What is the process of wisdom teeth removal?




Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last set of teeth to develop and often need to be removed due to issues such as crowding, decay, infection, or impaction. If you are scheduled for wisdom teeth extraction, you may be wondering what to expect during the process.


To put you at ease, we'll walk you through the five steps of extracting a set of four wisdom teeth, from the initial consultation with your dentist to post-operative care.

  1. Initial Consultation and Examination The first step in the wisdom teeth extraction process is to schedule a consultation with Dr Gabe. During this appointment, Dr Gabe will examine your teeth and gums, review your medical history, and take X-rays to determine the position of your wisdom teeth. He will also discuss the procedure, including the type of anaesthesia that will be used and any potential risks and complications.

  2. Preparation for Surgery Once you and Dr Gabe have decided to proceed with wisdom teeth extraction, you will need to prepare for the surgery. Dr Gabe will provide you with instructions on what to do before the procedure, including what medications to avoid and whether to fast before the surgery. You may also need to arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure.

  3. Anaesthesia and Surgery On the day of the surgery, you will receive anaesthesia to numb the area around your teeth and ensure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure. Depending on the complexity of your extraction, Dr Gabe may use local anaesthesia, or general anaesthesia if the surgery is taking place in the hospital. Once you are numb or sedated, Dr Gabe will begin the extraction process. This involves making incisions in your gums to access the teeth and using specialized tools to remove them.

  4. Post-Operative Care After the surgery, you will need to take special care of your mouth to promote healing and reduce the risk of complications. We will provide you with instructions on what to do, including how to clean your teeth, what foods to eat, and how to manage any pain or swelling. You will also need to avoid smoking and other activities that could interfere with healing.

  5. Follow-Up Appointments Finally, you may need to schedule follow-up appointments with your dentist to monitor your healing progress and ensure that there are no complications. Dr Gabe may remove any stitches that were used during the surgery, he take X-rays to check the healing of your jaw and gums, and make sure that your wisdom teeth extraction site is healing properly.

 

Wisdom teeth extraction is a common and often necessary procedure that can help prevent a range of oral health issues. With these five steps in mind, we hope this will help you prepare for the surgery, ensure a successful extraction, and promote a speedy recovery. If you have questions or concerns about wisdom teeth extraction, don't hesitate to call us to speak with our dental team. As we want to provide you with all the information and guidance you need to make informed decisions about your oral health.


 

To book an appointment, give us a call or visit us at our Waratah Dental practice where we facilitate our Central West Wisdom Teeth dental services.



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