Wisdom Teeth Removal: The Survival Guide

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Squeezing wisdom teeth into your mouth after all your other teeth have already found their place can lead to some serious complications for your smile. We have put together this Core Dental Group Wisdom Teeth Removal Survival Guide with tips and instructions on what to expect and how to handle this often painful time.

General tips

If you have had braces, wearing your plate during this time is of paramount importance in order to keep your teeth straight an in their correct positions while

Most people will find themselves in the position of choosing whether they would like their wisdom teeth extracted in the chair at your dentist under local anaesthetic, or to be placed under general anaesthetic in an operating theatre environment. Each has their different advantages and disadvantages:

Wisdom Teeth Removal in the chair with Local Anaesthesia

  • Minimal disruption to your daily routine prior to the extraction
  • An inexpensive alternative if you don’t have private health cover
  • Perfect for extractions with little to no complications. For example your x-rays have shown straight teeth roots in the gums which should mean a smooth extraction
  • Unable to be put under general anaesthetic for medical reasons
  • It can be a little confronting to be able to see the dentist at work during this treatment as it requires quite a lot of work and often multiple people in the room
  • There can be a fair amount of pain after the extraction and local anaesthesia wears off right away meaning you are straight into pain management territory and you will need to have this sorted before you head to the dentist

Wisdom Teeth Removal under General Anaesthesia

  • You’ll experience no pain and have no memory of the procedure
  • Local anaesthesia is also administered to block any postoperative pain
  • A surgical team will be on hand to monitor you throughout the procedure
  • This option is only available to patients who meet all the health checks needed to be under general anaesthetic
  • Recovery time may be longer due to the anaesthetic
  • This option may be costlier if you don’t have private health insurance

What can you expect to feel after Wisdom Tooth extraction?

  • Pain in and around mouth
  • Numbness of mouth and neck
  • Some swelling of gums and neck
  • Bleeding
  • Inflammation of the gums
  • Slow-healing of the gums

How can you help yourself heal?

  1. Make sure to maintain a clean mouth through gentle salted water rinses.
  2. Use an ice pack on your cheeks to help ease swelling.
  3. Sleep with your head slightly elevated to help minimise bleeding.
  4. Be as sedentary as you possibly can after surgery as movement can increase blood flow.
  5. Change your dressing/mouth pads regularly to maintain hygiene and soak up the excess blood.
  6. Don’t smoke as it can increase the risk of blood clots and infection of the gums while they are in the healing phase.
  7. Try an all-liquid diet for the first couple of days – like soup and smoothies. This will help minimise the amount of use your mouth gets over the initial healing stage.
  8. Don’t put any unwashed fingers in your mouth to help minimise the risk of infection.


We hope that these tips and pieces of information about the process of having your wisdom teeth out help you to make informed decisions on booking your wisdom teeth removal appointment.

It’s so important to have your wisdom teeth out before they make a negative impact on your smile, so make an appointment with Core Dental sooner rather than later to get the process started.