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Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the most common teeth that will need to be removed. They can become impacted as they come through the jaw-bones and the gums and become very painful. They are usually the last teeth to come through in our late teens and early twenties.
Symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth.
When wisdom teeth start to break through the gums there will naturally be some discomfort. This is the time to contact a dentist. If you already have a dentist then they will be monitoring the situation.
Extraction of a wisdom tooth
A local anaesthetic will be given to numb the area of the tooth before it is taken out and as the tooth is removed you should only feel a slight pressure or hear a noise, but you will have no pain. It might sometimes be necessary to make a small cut in the gum to get at the tooth and it also be necessary to cut the tooth into smaller bits to get it out.
After the extraction
Individuals might react differently to local anaesthetic but generally you should be fine to drive after your local anaesthetic and even go back to work, but strenuous activity should be avoided and any instructions from your dentist should be followed carefully. You may feel some discomfort and there may be some swelling for a few days but if you are worried about anything you should always contact your dentist,
There are some things you can do to help with the after effects of the extraction.
- Prevent swelling with an ice pack
- Open and close your mouth to exercise your jaw
- Make sure you are well hydrated
- Brush your teeth from the day after the extraction day, or according to advice
- Use only the painkillers prescribed or advised
- Eat sticky or hard food
- Drink fizzy drinks
- Use a straw to drink, for the first 48 hours it might loosen the blood clot
- Smoke if you possibly can avoid it
- Rinse your mouth too vigorously over the first 24 hours
How much will it cost for me to have a wisdom tooth out?
The cost of wisdom tooth extraction will vary on what needs to be done. In general the non-surgical removal of a wisdom tooth will cost between £150 and £350 excluding any x-rays or other aspects of the treatment.
Before you have any treatment always ask for a treatment plan and an estimate of the costs. You will find dentists who can offer you whatever treatment you need with Dentists Near Me.