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Maxillofacial surgeon in Dubai

For many people, the eruption of wisdom teeth is a rite of passage into adulthood. However, there may be instances wherein wisdom tooth extraction is needed.

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  • In certain cases, you may not have adequate space to accommodate your wisdom teeth. Keeping these molars can result in impaction, which means these teeth will not erupt from the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to a host of other problems including cysts and bone damage.
  • If the wisdom teeth erupt through the gums, this may cause the creation of flaps in the gums. These flaps can trap food debris and bacteria, which may then lead to infections. 
  • Sometimes, the wisdom teeth may erupt at an awkward angle causing damage to the adjacent teeth.

As a maxillofacial surgeon in Dubai, what are some of the warning signs indicating wisdom tooth removal?

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that is located at the back corners of the mouth on both top and bottom. They usually erupt between an individual’s late teens and early twenties. Wisdom teeth that erupt into a functional and upright position (biting correctly with the opposing teeth) do not need to be removed. However, when there is not enough space for the wisdom tooth to come out, they can cause pain, infection or other dental problems.

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Signs for wisdom tooth removal include:

  • Pain in the back of the mouth
  • Excessive gum irritation in the wisdom tooth area
  • Swelling and stiffness around the jaw
  • Damage to the neighboring tooth

How does a maxillofacial surgeon in Dubai prepare patients prior to surgery?

Wisdom tooth extraction is an outpatient procedure. That means that you can go home once the anesthetic has worn off.

It is advisable to have someone – a family member or friend – to drive you to and from the clinic.

Prior to surgery, your dentist will give you a list of things you will need to do or avoid. Some patients may need to go on a fast before the procedure. Your dentist will inform you how long you will need to do so.

You may also need to temporarily go off certain medications. Some medications can thin the blood and hamper the healing process. Your dentist may also prescribe antibiotics and pain relievers before the actual surgery.

Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes, contact lenses, and jewelry when you go to the clinic.

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What to expect for procedures performed by a maxillofacial surgeon in Dubai?

Wisdom tooth extraction is a quick procedure, often lasting less than 45 minutes.

Before your scheduled extraction, your dentist will provide you with an overview of the procedure and explain the benefits and risks. Take this as an opportunity to ask the questions lingering in your mind and to make the necessary plans and arrangements at work and at home.

On the day of your surgery, anesthesia will be administered – local, IV sedation, or general.

Once the anesthetic is in effect, your dentist will make an incision on your gums or bone to remove the wisdom tooth. He will then stitch the area and place gauze pads to contain the bleeding.

As a maxillofacial surgeon in Dubai, how would you advise patients to take care of themselves after the procedure?

The recovery period from a wisdom tooth extraction is relatively short. On the day of your surgery, you will be asked to get some rest. You can resume your normal activities the next day, but you will need to avoid strenuous tasks for a full week.

Immediately after the procedure, you will have to stay in the clinic until the anesthesia has worn off. Depending on the anesthetic used, you may need to have someone to accompany you and drive you home.

Your dentist will prescribe you with medications for pain relief. Many patients have reported that they have experienced little to no pain after the surgery. However, it is not unusual to experience swelling and some discomfort in the affected area.

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To facilitate faster healing and avoid complications, here are a few helpful tips:

  • Use an ice pack for swelling and moist heat for soreness.
  • Follow a soft diet for a few days and drink plenty of fluids. Avoid drinking through a straw. This can adversely affect the clotting on the gums.
  • Do not brush your teeth on the day of your surgery. Instead, brush your teeth the day after, taking extra care to avoid the area where the wisdom tooth previously was. You can rinse your mouth with a saline solution, but you must proceed gently.
  • If you are a smoker, avoid smoking for a few days as this can hamper the healing process.
  • If the swelling or soreness does not dissipate immediately or if you run a fever, call your doctor.
Oral surgeons in Dubai are specialized dentists helping with concerns ranging from wisdom and impacted teeth to bone loss and jaw misalignment.
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Meet our maxillofacial surgeon in Dubai

Dr. Roy Thomas

  • Dr. Roy Thomas is our Specialist Maxillofacial Surgeon in Dubai with over 25 years of clinical experience.

  • Dr. Roy’s expertise lies in complicated extractions and removal of impacted wisdom teeth.
  • Dr. Roy Thomas is ranked in the top 3 oral surgeons in Dubai from 2018 to 2022 by both Medarabia and DrFive.

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I had Dr. Roy take out my infected last molar. I was a bit nervous initially but the procedure was quick and nice. And it helps when the doctor is easy to get along with and explains what is going on. I also want to mention that the support staff at NOA Dental Clinic were exceptional.

 

Irene Theorin

We are patients at NOA dental clinic since several years. All dentists and surgical doctors we used are very professional and ensure that you as a patient come out satisfied and with a smile.
The receptions are very friendly and professional as well. We can only highly recommend NOA dental clinic. Big thank you to all at NOA dental clinic.

Rene Wenger

Imagine being told that you need to have the wisdom teeth removed?? ! I found Dr. Roy Thomas online. I went in to have two wisdom teeth removed, and was told that only one truly needed to be pulled. Dr. Roy left me feeling confident that the tooth could be removed without any serious risks. The whole experience was great. I never hope to need an oral surgeon again, but I would definitely go back to him.

Sunil Bhatia

I was referred to Dr. Roy for my wisdom tooth removal. He walked me through the whole process and informed it might take up to 30 minutes. The removal took no more than 10 minutes after I was numb. I could’nt have asked for a better experience, highly recommend him.

Sherin John

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FAQs for maxillofacial surgeon

A maxillofacial surgeon is a dental professional who specializes in the treatment of disease associated with the jaws, teeth, mouth and face. The services provided by an oral surgeon vary from simple tooth extractions to more complicated extractions and removal of impacted wisdom teeth.

During your consultation, your medical history is comprehensively reviewed to determine drug allergies, current medications, existing medical conditions etc. The clinical examination will include analysis of the x-rays and a focused examination of the surgical site. The proposed procedure is discussed thoroughly with you and any alternative treatments are described as well. This consultation also allows you the opportunity to share any concerns you may have with regards to the procedure.

Whether or not your dentist can provide the treatment depends on the procedure and your dentist. In most cases, if your dentist does not feel comfortable to perform the procedure, they will refer you to a maxillofacial surgeon in Dubai.

The majority of oral surgical procedures are covered by most insurance companies. It is best if you can contact your insurance provider and check if the recommended procedure is covered in your dental plan.

Immediately after a tooth extraction, a blood clot is formed to help heal the wound. Using a straw right after tooth removal creates negative pressure and you risk dislodging the blood clot on the extraction site. This can be painful and can lead to infection of the extraction site. It is recommended not to engage in anything that creates suction such as smoking or forceful spitting in the first 24 hours. 

Following the tooth removal, try to keep the gauze over the extraction site for at least 30 to 45 minutes, biting down on the gauze for pressure. Replace it with a new piece of gauze if you are still bleeding. Keep the new gauze in place for another 60 minutes. If the bleeding is not stopping after the third attempt, use a moistened tea bag instead of the gauze. The tannic acid in tea will help form a clot and arrest the bleeding.

The time it takes to recover from maxillofacial surgery depends on how well you rest and allow your surgical site to heal. An impacted wisdom tooth removal can take about a week to 10 days to heal. For the first 24 to 48 hours, it is recommended to avoid solid foods and instead have semi-liquid and soft foods like yogurt, soups, avocado, scrambled eggs, oatmeal etc.