If your wisdom teeth are coming through and giving you trouble, then it’s maybe time to have them removed. Dr Lance West is the best oral surgeon in New Zealand, and he’s the guy to call if you find yourself in pain.

“Most people don’t feel any significant pain after wisdom teeth removal.”

Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars in the back of your mouth. They usually come in between the ages of 17 and 25, and they’re spotted on X-rays. If they come through they may become what is known as impacted. Because they are so far back in your mouth, they sometimes get stuck in your jawbone or gums. This can lead to them coming out at the wrong angle, or pushing against the teeth you already have. Sometimes it’s a simple case of your mouth simply isn’t big enough! Whatever the reason, impacted teeth can be very painful, and wisdom teeth removal may be the only option.

If you do need wisdom teeth removal, then Dr Lance West will happily sit you down and talk you through the procedure. He will ask you some questions about your health, lifestyle he’ll explain what goes on during surgery. Dr West will also explain the post-op care and treatment, what you can expect, what type of pain killers you might need, and what you can and can not eat. If you have any questions, then he will be happy to answer them.

It all sounds a bit rough, but it’s really not that big a deal. Most people don’t feel any significant pain after wisdom teeth removal, although you’ll probably have some swelling and mild discomfort for a few days. The type of anaesthetic used differs from person to person, and how it affects you depends on which type you have.  If you had a local anesthetic and feel alert, you might be able to drive home to begin your recovery. You might even be able to go back to work or do your normal activities. If you had general anesthesia or still feel drowsy, you’ll need someone to drive you home.