In many cases, a patient who has a tooth extracted experiences little or no discomfort and minor bleeding.
Before a tooth is extracted, the area surrounding the tooth is numbed with a topical/paste anaesthetic, before an injectable anaesthetic is selected.
Precautions following the procedure are essential to ensure that infection or a “dry socket” doesn’t occur. A sheet with post-operative instructions will be given on the day. It is also available in the link below.
Smoking, vigorous brushing and rinsing, and drinking liquids through straws are discouraged during the post-operative period because they hinder healing and may cause the wound to open. Cold compresses applied to the outside cheek near the extraction area can help reduce any swelling and promote faster healing.
Unfortunately, many people experience problems from wisdom teeth; in most cases, this is because the teeth haven’t sufficient room to erupt. This can cause impactions, crowding, improper bites, possible painful infections as well as other problems such as decay on the next door teeth (such as in the image above, orange arrow).
At Kawana Dental, we recommend having a full mouth X-ray called an OPG during the teen years and possibly every few years after that to monitor possible wisdom teeth as well as other periodontal or jaw problems.
Sometimes early elective removal is indicated to prevent later more difficult and serious complications.
Situations like this usually require a sedation technique like Twilight sleep at Kawana Dental or even general anaesthesia at the Sunshine Coast Day Hospital.