Dental Services

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Your wisdom teeth erupt only in later life and tend to be exposed to a range of dental problems.

Your wisdom teeth erupt only in later life and tend to be exposed to a range of dental problems. Most people have four wisdom teeth, one in each corner of the mouth. Due to their late eruption and space-related issues in your mouth, these wisdom teeth can grow in an abnormal position. For instance, they can grow part out of the gum or grow into a neighbouring tooth. A tooth that grows in this way is also known as an impacted tooth. An impacted tooth results in various dental problems such as pain, infection, cysts or crowding of your teeth.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Christchurch

During one of your regular visits, our dentists will check and tell you if you have a wisdom tooth erupting and the condition of such a tooth. Once your condition has been carefully assessed, your dentist will advise if you need to have your wisdom tooth extracted.


  • At least 2 appointments
  • At the first consultation visit your dentist will listen to your needs, examine your teeth and discuss the options with you
  • Usually, you would have your wisdom teeth removed at your next appointment
How long it takes
  • In general dental practice, the extraction will usually take around 30 to 60 minutes
  • At oral surgery clinics it will usually take around 45 to 90 minutes
Before your appointment

For the consultation you will not need any special preparation, but you should have knowledge to hand about your dental and medical history.

Before surgery with intravenous or IV sedation, you should:

  • Take the pre-operative medication at the time prescribed
  • Have someone accompany you and drive you to your appointment
  • Follow the pre-sedation fasting protocol given to you by your dentist
  • Wear something warm and comfortable with loose sleeves
After your appointment

If you have had any wisdom teeth extraction procedures done:

  • Use ice packs as much as possible to prevent swelling during the first 48 hours
  • Don’t rinse your mouth out on the day of the surgery as it will cause bleeding
  • Don’t smoke for as long as possible after surgery
  • Be careful with hot food and drinks
  • Eat a soft food diet
  • On the day after the removal, rinse three times a day after meals with warm, salty water
  • Use Savacol mouthwash for the following day, morning and night

If you have had surgery under sedation or general anaesthetic, you must:

  • Be accompanied home
  • Rest for around 2 to 4 hours following surgery
  • Not drive or operate machinery until the following day


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