Wisdom tooth extraction

The eruption of wisdom teeth is a right of passage for many young people in their late teens and early 20s. While it is a common procedure, it can be quite stressful. Most wisdom teeth are taken out surgically, and result in some kind of pain and facial swelling. At Quagga Dentist, we strive to make your wisdom tooth surgery go as smoothly as possible, so all you have to worry about is getting rest and healing after the procedure.

Wisdom teeth, otherwise known as third molars, are the last permanent teeth to appear in the mouth. These teeth usually appear between the age of 17 and 25. While some people don't develop any wisdom teeth, and some develop wisdom teeth with no problems, there are others that develop impacted wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth don't have enough room to develop normally. Impacted wisdom teeth may erupt only partially or not at all. Most times, impacted teeth need to be surgically removed.

Wisdom tooth extraction is usually a surgical procedure used to remove one or more wisdom teeth.


The procedure is generally done in the office; however, if you prefer, the procedure can take place in the hospital theatre. We will gladly apply for theatre authorisation via your medical aid on your behalf.

Firstly, we use a local anaesthesia to numb the affected area. We then remove the tooth. Next, we clean the extraction site and close the area with dissolvable/absorbable stitches.

Lastly, gauze is placed over the extraction site.

We will generally prescribe pain killers and antibiotics after the procedure. For further home-care instructions, read here.