Westlake Dental / Ti Rakau OMS / Queenstown OMS

We specialise in Endodontics, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

How are wisdom teeth removed?

Surgery is performed either under local anaesthesia alone, (dental injections), local anaesthesia with intravenous sedation (IV or twilight sleep), or local anaesthesia with general anaesthesia (GA).

Surgery usually involves raising gum flaps to gain access to the bone which surrounds the tooth. Some of this bone is removed with a drill (similar to the type used for dental fillings). The tooth is usually divided up to allow it to be removed in parts. The socket is washed out and the gum closed with dissolving stitches.

Upper wisdom teeth are often easier to remove than lower wisdom teeth.