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Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom Tooth Removal in Lower Hutt, NZ

Wisdom teeth are your latest teeth to grow and usually appear during your late teens and early twenties. They can cause several problems when you have insufficient space in your mouth, or they grow out at an odd angle.

Wisdom Tooth

Reason for Extraction of Wisdom Tooth or Teeth

As wisdom teeth generally take a longer time to come out, parts of the tooth may remain covered by the gum. This can cause bacteria to build up and cause an infection in the area, impacting other teeth in the process. They are difficult to brush, which can lead to decay of the tooth next door and the wisdom tooth itself.

Extraction of Wisdom Tooth or Teeth

At Central Hutt Dental, we strive to get our patients out of pain as quickly as possible. That’s why we might suggest that removing your wisdom teeth may be the best solution. To eliminate the pain, your dentist or oral surgeon will numb the surrounding area with a local anaesthetic or put you under full-body sedation to ensure you won’t feel anything during the process.

Before the process, the dentist will create an X-ray to see how your wisdom teeth are positioned. The procedure might involve the dentist making an incision in your gum to access the root of your tooth and remove it.

What to Do After Surgery

After the surgery, you may get stitches that the dentist will later remove after you heal up. The dentist will also place a gauze cotton pad on the bound to prevent a dry socket. Make sure you follow the suggestions of your dentist closely to reduce the chance of any further complications.

Central Hutt Dental will provide you with pain-numbing medication to prevent discomfort. For quick recovery, you should follow these tips:

  • Change your gauze pad regularly.
  • Do not use a straw since it may loosen the blood clot that forms.
  • After one day, gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water to relieve pain and swelling. Do not use your tongue to rub the area, and do not touch it with fingers.
  • Eat soft foods.
  • Try to avoid physical activity.

If you follow your dentist’s and oral surgeon’s tips closely, you will reduce the likelihood of inflammation and any other complications.

Possible Problems After Wisdom Tooth Removal

Removal of the wisdom tooth may lead to a painful inflammation, known as dry socket, when the blood clot in the socket is lost before healing occurs. Another possible outcome would be an infection in the socket from bacteria or trapped food particles. Occasionally, a wisdom tooth extraction causes damage to nearby teeth, nerves, jawbone, or sinus cavities.

Contact Central Hutt Dental in Lower Hutt


Find out if a root canal is suitable for you by visiting our dental clinic in Lower Hutt. Schedule an appointment online or by dialling 04 566 1122 today.