A wisdom tooth extraction is needed when there is pain and discomfort with the third molars, and there is no other treatment option left other than an extraction. The problem begins when these teeth do not grow out from under the gum line in an upward manner, and instead grows sideways. This sideways movement pushes against neighbouring teeth, causing a great deal of discomfort. Since the affected tooth does not erupt fully from under the gums, it will be difficult to clean – and is more susceptible to tooth decay. A decayed wisdom tooth problem can only be solved with an extraction.
What can you expect during the procedure? Before the tooth can be removed, you will be given a local anaesthesia to numb the area, resulting to a painless procedure for you. If you are a nervous patient, London Dental Studio also offers conscious IV sedation (along with the local anaesthetic) to make the treatment an overall more positive experience for you.
After the area is numbed, your gums will be opened to gain access to the impacted wisdom tooth. The tissue connecting the tooth to the bone will be removed, before the actual tooth extraction. In cases when the position of the impacted tooth makes it very difficult or almost impossible to remove in once piece, the oral surgeon will have to cut the tooth into smaller pieces, so these pieces can be removed more easily. After all the tooth pieces are removed, the gums will be stitched close. After a wisdom tooth extraction, you will be advised not to undertake any strenuous activities. You should take it easy for the next day or so, to avoid bleeding and to hasten the healing process.