Removal of Wisdom Teeth

‘Wisdom teeth’ is the common name for the rearmost molars. It’s common for these teeth to become impacted (not erupt correctly), and in many cases your dentist may recommend removal. Removal can often be done by a general dentist, but an Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon will be better equipped to handle any complications that may occur.

Wisdom tooth removal is usually a half day procedure and doesn’t require a hospital stay. It may be done under general or local anaesthetic.

Risks & Complications

Surgically removing impacted wisdom teeth is generally a very safe, predicatable and commonly performed procedure. However, there is a risk of nerve damage to the tongue, teeth, gums or lips in the removal of lower teeth, and removal of upper teeth can damage the sinus. Dr Henze will discuss these risks with you during your consultation.

Post-Operative Care

The stitches inserted during surgery are generally dissolvable and don’t need to be removed.

You should be prepared for a number of expected post-operative signs and symptoms, such as:

  • Facial swelling
  • Bruising on the face
  • Reduced mouth opening
  • Post-operative bleeding (rare)
  • Infection (rare)
  • Some pain/discomfort

These symptoms generally only persist up to one week. Pain can usually be managed with Paracetamol/anti-inflammatories, and ice-packs and a soft, cool diet are also recommended.