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Wisdom Tooth Removal

Why do Wisdom Teeth Sometimes Need Removing?

Sometimes wisdom teeth do not move down into the oral cavity in a functional position within the jaw. Sometimes they are directed in the wrong position, facing other teeth. This is called impaction. This can cause pain, as well as pockets of decay between teeth, or can even move the position of your other teeth.

Wisdom teeth can be removed with the option of a few types of anaesthesia. These include Local Anaesthesia with or without Sedation and General Anaesthesia. It does depend on the positioning of your wisdom teeth as to what method of removal is best and with minimal risk.

Removal under local anaesthetic can be done in our clinic. Sometimes this is not suitable if your wisdom teeth run very close to the inferior alveolar nerve and the surgeon requires deeper access. If you are anxious or have had traumatic procedures in the past, having your teeth out in a clinic can be daunting. In this case, we have theatre lists in private hospitals which can make the experience more comfortable for you.


If you would prefer and in rooms procedure, we do have several strategies for reducing anxiety which we are more than happy to discuss with you during a consultation.

What are your Options?

Following your Procedure

Following a Local Anaesthetic: We will always discuss post surgery recommendations following your surgery. Most people benefit from taking some form of analgesia within a few hours of their surgery. This coincides with when the local anaesthetic wears off. 

Regardless of whether you have a local anaesthetic or a general anaesthetic, we recommend our patients go home and rest for the remainder of the day. You should not plan to do anything active or strenuous for the few days after your surgery. Instead, we recommend focusing on regular application of ice packs to reduce swelling and resting . We will provide you with post operative instructions. Following these steps will encourage complete healing in a timely manner. Pay close attention to keeping your mouth as clean as possible, with regular rinsing. Most people start feeling themselves again between day 4 - 5 post surgery. We use resorbable sutures which take between  2 -3 weeks to be absorbed completely. Symptoms that are normal to experience during the week post surgery include swelling, difficulty opening your mouth, tenderness, and  erratic sleeping patterns. We encourage you contact us with any concerns you have following your procedure..

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