Wisdom teeth erupt later then our other adult teeth. Often wisdom teeth will begin to come through in the late teens to early twenties. Leaving wisdom teeth to erupt without extraction can cause a variety of different issues for your other teeth such as changing the shape of your smile and overcrowding.
If you feel you may need your wisdom teeth removed organise a consultation with your dentist. They will arrange a clinical assessment of your wisdom teeth and will most likely conduct a x-ray or a scan of your mouth to assess the positioning of the wisdom teeth (if they have already erupted or are still placed in the jaw).
Often wisdom teeth extraction can be carried out by a general dentist, but in some specialist cases a oral and maxillofacial surgeon may be involved to make the process as comfortable and effective as possible.
There are different processes for wisdom teeth extraction and your individual circumstances and preferences will be taken into consideration when discussing with your dentist. Usually a local anesthesia will be used and the process will be carried out in the dentist chair.
In some cases involving a surgeon, you will be booked into day surgery and placed under general anesthesia in hospital- this is often used when a patient has a number of wisdom teeth needing to be removed below the gum.
Just as the process differs per individual case, aftercare of wisdom teeth removal also depends on the extraction method. Most people will experience discomfort, swelling, bruising and a small amount of bleeding. But this is all very normal after a wisdom tooth extraction.
Your dentist will give you instructions on how best to recover from your wisdom tooth/teeth extraction, often recovery time will range from 24 hours to 1 week dependent on the difficulty of the extraction.
Post operative care and follow-up appointments will be made by your surgeon or dentist to ensure you are healing well and to manage any complications that may have arisen.