At TwentyOneDental, being a specialist referral centre we offer consultant-led oral surgery at our practice. Any extractions that you need, whether wisdom teeth or otherwise, will be performed expertly, precisely and gently.
We completely understand that the prospect of any surgery is daunting which is why we offer sedation for nervous patients. Our dedicated sedation surgeon provides absolute patient assurance with their knowledge, understanding and above all total experience to providing such support to our patients. In addition, we have a dedicated relaxation suite to accommodate our patients who receive sedation, in a warmly lit suite with soft music whilst supported by our sedation team at all times, until recovery. A choice of teas and a light meal is offered pre-departure.
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If the wisdom tooth has fully emerged and there are no complications reaching it, we can remove the tooth using dental forceps. We first numb the area with a local anaesthetic and ease the tooth out of the socket, doing our best to keep it intact as we do. With a simple extraction, we often don’t need to use stitches as the gum will naturally heal up nicely.
Sometimes, wisdom teeth extraction can be a bit more complicated especially if it has impacted or become infected. In these cases, we will need to use oral surgery to remove the tooth. As wisdom teeth are significantly larger than your other teeth, it is often easier to remove the tooth in parts. Once we have removed the tooth, we use stitches to patch up the gum and leave a dressing in place.
For a simple extraction, we don’t need stitches as the gum will naturally heal on its own without help. A blood clot will form in the socket and heal quickly. For surgical extractions, we will use stitches which we will either need to see you to remove them or will dissolve on their own.
In some cases, the blood clot can become dislodged. This is called a dry socket. If this happens, get in touch. Food debris can become stuck in a dry socket and be a perfect place for bacteria to develop. We will clean out the socket and apply a dressing to keep it clear while your gum heals on its own.