Teeth require extraction when they are damaged beyond repair or when space is required for orthdontic procedures. After removal of a tooth your dentist will give you specific instructions to follow to make sure your recovery is as quick and painless as possible. Below are a few instructions.
If you feel pain a few days after the tooth has been removed, it might be where the blood clot has broken down leaving an empty hole in the gum. This is called a ‘dry socket’ and will need to be looked at by your dentist. Simply go back and the dentist will pack the wound to ease your discomfort.
Your dentist may have given you some gauze to place onto the area where the tooth has been removed – if not, a clean cloth handkerchief will do just as well (but not a paper tissue).
These cans sometimes be troublesome if there is not enough room in your mouth for them to erupt normally. They cause a condition named pericoronitis which can be very painfull. According to N.I.C.E guidelines wisdom teeth should be removed after a second bout of pericoronitis.
A specific type of dental X-ray called an OPG is used to assess wisdom teeth. Their ease of removal depends upon their depth and angulation. Many can be removed by your dentist at his surgery but a few require specialist referral and may require a GA.