If you have a tooth that is cracked, broken or loose, it may be exposed to harmful bacteria, which can cause pain, sensitivity and eventually cause the tooth to die.

We may recommend tooth extractions to prevent adjacent teeth from becoming infected, which will cause you further pain.

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the final teeth to develop. Most of us have four wisdom teeth, one in each corner of the mouth. Often times, wisdom teeth become trapped or impacted in the jawbone or simply fail to erupt. This can cause crowding or displacement of other teeth, and can also lead to the development of localised tooth decay, infection, or gum disease.

Wisdom teeth

In most cases, it is recommended that impacted wisdom teeth be extracted. Depending on the position of the tooth, third molar or wisdom tooth removal can be performed in your dentist’s office, at an outpatient surgical facility, or in a hospital.

N.B. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.  Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

To ease any discomfort and promote healing:

  • Use ice packs on the cheek for swelling, alternating on and off every thirty minutes.
  • Apply biting pressure with clean gauze to stop bleeding.
  • Eat soft foods and drink extra liquids.
  • Avoid hard or crunchy foods in the tender area.
  • Brush carefully the day after surgery.
  • Take prescribed medications and follow all instructions.
  • Use drinking straws to preserve the blood clot in the tooth socket.  Avoid swishing water around mouth for first 8 hours.
  • Use warm salty mouth rinses 4-5 times a day for 5 days.  Avoid mouth rinses for 2-3 days.

Call your dentist or physician immediately in case of excessive bleeding, swelling, persistent or severe pain, or fever.

Paul Rollason