Wisdom Tooth Extraction
A simple, same-day procedure. If one or more of your wisdom teeth has become impacted and needs to be removed – don’t worry. The procedure is very common and we’ll make your experience as comfortable and relaxed as possible. The extraction is usually an outpatient procedure and you’ll go home the same day.
At BC Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, your wisdom teeth removal is performed by an Oral Surgery Specialist providing the highest level of expertise, experience and pre/post surgical care
How does the wisdom tooth extraction procedure work?
After deciding whether you prefer local or general anesthesia, our oral surgeon will:
- Give you an anesthetic to numb the area
- Make an incision to expose the tooth
- Remove the wisdom tooth
- Clean the site
- Stitch the wound closed
- Place gauze over the extraction site to promote healing
In most cases, wisdom tooth extraction is a minor surgery performed under local anesthesia and can be carried at BC Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery office located at Bonne Terre, Vacoas.
In some cases, where wisdom tooth extraction is complex and/or extracting multiple wisdom teeth in one sitting, extraction is generally performed under general or local anesthesia in a clinical setting at Clinic Muller, located at Curepipe.
In this case, you may be required to stay overnight at the private clinic for observation before going home the next day.
Instructions following Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Following your wisdom tooth extraction surgery, specific instructions will be given to help you recover. In general, you should
- Rest for a few days after surgery, ideally 2 days off work
- Contact us in case there are unexpected problems.
- An appointment is made for you to return 7-10 days after the procedure to have the stitches removed and to ensure healing is occurring.
After an extraction, the socket fills up with blood which then clots. This is the first stage in normal healing. The following instructions are designed to help you aid normal healing.
- Do not rinse your mouth or spit on the day of the procedure. You may eat and drink, but not rinse or spit.
- Smoking, alcohol, hot drinks and heavy exercise that raise your blood pressure must be avoided on the first day.
- Avoid brushing near the area of the extracted tooth, but brush your other teeth. Keep your mouth as clean as possible.
- On the day after the procedure, start gently rinsing the socket with warm salty water (half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water) four times daily for one week.
- It is important to keep up your fluid and calorie intake in the first few days as this promotes better healing. Soft food such as fruits, mashed vegetables and yoghurt are good.
Find out more regarding instructions following a Wisdom Tooth Extraction Surgery
Schedule a Wisdom Teeth Examination
At BC Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon can perform an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, to evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or may be future problems, whether your wisdom teeth are impacted, if there is room for them to erupt, and how difficult it will be to have them removed
Contact us today to arrange for a wisdom teeth examination to determine whether you may or may not require wisdom tooth removal.