Wisdom tooth extraction is implemented in order to correct existing problems or to prevent future difficulty that can be caused by wisdom tooth growth. The jaw is often not large enough to accommodate the wisdom teeth, and they can become impacted, unable to break through the gums or can emerge at an awkward angle. Wisdom teeth can partially break the gum line, at which point a flap of gum tissue grows over them, creating a pocket where food and germs can become trapped and lead to infection.
Impacted or infected wisdom teeth that are left untreated can lead to serious health problems, including cysts, and can damage your surrounding bone or teeth.
Removal of wisdom teeth resolves these problems, prevents potential infection and reduces crowding of the back teeth. Recovery usually only takes a few days, though painkillers (combination of paracetamol and ibuprofen) are often prescribed. Symptoms such as bleeding or swelling are managed with regular gauze replacement, cold compresses, and warm salt water rinses. You will be advised to rest and relax after surgery, eat soft foods for a few days, and keep the mouth clean.