Wisdom Teeth Removal: Plan For The School Holidays

Wisdom teeth removal is a surgical procedure that is commonly performed on patients in their late teenage years or early twenties. The procedure involves extracting one or more wisdom teeth, the last set of molars to develop in the mouth. If not removed, wisdom teeth can cause various dental problems including crowding and infection. It is often the case that there is not enough space in the mouth for the wisdom teeth which can lead to a fair amount of discomfort and pain if left untreated.

Plan for the School Holidays

Many patients choose to have their wisdom teeth removed during the school holidays to take advantage of this time away from class. The school holidays are an ideal time to schedule wisdom teeth removal surgery for several reasons. Most importantly, students have a break from their academic responsibilities, allowing them to rest and recover from the procedure without missing classes. Scheduling surgery during school holidays ensures that students do not miss any academic or extracurricular activities.

Students can also use their holiday time to schedule follow-up appointments with their dentist or oral surgeon to ensure that they are healing properly. If any complications arise, there should be enough time to correct these issues before the patient has to return to class.

Wisdom teeth removal is often characterised by swelling in the face and mouth, and patients will experience this to varying degrees. Severe swelling can make it difficult for patients to eat and speak. By booking the surgery during the school holidays you ensure that there is enough time for swelling to subside before the patient has to return to school.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure

Wisdom teeth removal surgery is relatively quick and typically takes between 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the number of teeth being extracted and the complexity of the procedure. The dentist or oral surgeon will administer local or general anesthesia to ensure that the patient cannot feel any pain throughout the procedure.

The surgeon will then make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the tooth and bone, after which they remove any bone blocking the tooth and separate it from the ligament holding it in place. After the tooth is removed the surgeon will close the incision with dissolvable stitches.

Recovery After Surgery

After the procedure, patients may experience some discomfort, swelling and bleeding for a few days. The surgeon may prescribe pain medication and recommend the use of ice packs to reduce swelling. Patients should avoid smoking, sipping drinks through a straw and spitting for at least 24 hours after the procedure, as this can increase pressure in the mouth and interfere with the healing process.

Patients are advised to stick to a soft food diet for the first few days after surgery. Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential to stave off infections and patients should rinse their mouths with salt water regularly and avoid applying too much pressure when brushing their teeth. Remember to book follow-up appointments with your surgeon to ensure that there are no complications.

Planning ahead is often the key to success! Book your appointment for wisdom teeth removal at Centurion Day Hospital today to ensure that you get a spot during the school holidays. Feel free to browse our website for more information on any of the procedures performed at our facility.


Dental Surgery at Centurion Day Hospital

A visit to the dentist is not a pleasurable experience for most people and the thought of dental surgery can be even more daunting. The fact of the matter is that avoiding the dentist’s office can lead to numerous complications and the importance of good oral health can not be overstated. Unfortunately, there are still a number of medical issues that may arise despite the best efforts of an individual to maintain good oral health and in some cases, surgery might be required to address a problem. 

Dental surgery is an umbrella term used to describe various procedures that seek to correct conditions and defects in and around the mouth and a wide variety of these procedures are performed at Centurion Day Hospital.

Dental Surgeries Performed at Centurion Day Hospital:


During an apicoectomy, a dental surgeon removes the tip of the root of an infected tooth in order to gain access to the root. The infected tissue is then removed from around the tip and a filling is placed at the end of the root in order to contain and eliminate any bacteria that is left in the canal system after it has been cleaned. The procedure can take up to 90 minutes to complete and patients could experience swelling for up to two weeks after the surgery.

Dental Extraction

There are many reasons why a tooth might need to be extracted. Infection, tooth decay and a lack of space could lead to the extraction of the affected tooth. The type of extraction that is used is determined by the accessibility of the tooth that is to be extracted. A simple dental extraction is used on teeth that are easily accessible while surgical dental extraction is reserved for teeth that are harder to reach and requires a surgical incision into the connective tissue in order to be able to extract the tooth. 

Dental Implants

A dental implant is made up of an implant fixture that is inserted into the jawbone or skull. The fixture then fuses with the bone over time and creates a strong base to which a dental prosthesis can be fixed. The implant acts as the root of a missing tooth and is able to provide an orthodontic anchor.  


A dentectomy is the extraction of all of a patient’s teeth. This dental surgery is normally used to enable individuals to use dentures and in some cases when a patient’s teeth are severely damaged or infected.

Contact Centurion Day Hospital if you or a loved one are in need of dental surgery in Gauteng. Our staff will help you to determine which procedure would best meet your needs and provide you with all the information you require to make your surgery a success! Visit our website today for more information on any of the services we offer.


Maxillofacial and Dental Surgery at Centurion Day Hospital

Maxillofacial surgery is a term used to describe a variety of procedures that aim to treat defects and conditions that affect the mouth, teeth, jaws or face. Dental surgery is another broad term for a set of procedures that is specifically focused on the teeth and gums. These surgeries are often grouped under the umbrella term of maxillofacial and dental surgery to describe a set of procedures performed in the region of the face, head, neck and mouth. Surgeons within this field can treat patients that have sustained facial injuries, offer reconstructive surgery, perform dental implants, and even treat patients that present with tumours or cysts in their jaws.

A variety of maxillofacial and dental surgeries are performed at Centurion Day Hospital. Our state of the art facilities enables us to consistently provide quality care for all of our patients.

Procedures Performed at Centurion Day Hospital:


In dentistry, a frenectomy refers to the removal of connective tissue within the mouth, called a frenulum, that causes problems with speech or eating. A maxillary frenectomy removes a frenulum that connects the upper gums to a patient’s front teeth while a lingual frenectomy involves removing a frenulum connecting the underside of the patient’s tongue to the floor of the mouth. 

Gingival Graft

A gingival graft is a procedure intended to treat patients with receding gums. Gum recession exposes the roots of teeth, which could lead to numerous complications if left untreated. During the surgery, tissue from the roof of the mouth is removed and grafted onto the affected area of the gums to reduce the recession.

Orthodontic attachment

Orthodontic attachments are small pieces of orthodontic material that have been shaped according to the function they serve. These attachments can be used in conjunction with orthodontic aligners to realign teeth, treat a bite problem and reposition teeth that are out of place.

Sinus Floor Augmentation

A sinus augmentation surgery is performed to increase the amount of bone tissue in the upper jaw. An incision is made into the gum tissue and the exposed bone is lifted into the sinus cavity in order to protect the sinus cavity when a patient receives dental implants.

Centurion Day Hospital is a trusted name in the field of maxillofacial and dental surgery and our staff are dedicated to providing the best possible care to all of our patients. Book a consultation with one of our qualified surgeons today, or browse our website for more information on any of the procedures performed at our facility.


Dental Surgery Could Bring Your Smile Back!

Centurion Day Hospital is currently offering a 50% discount on dental co-payments to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted! Our facility is well equipped and a wide variety of dental- and maxillofacial surgeries are performed at the hospital. Among the procedures performed at the hospital are dental fillings, dental extraction and -implants, frenectomy, receding gum repair, orthodontic attachment, and sinus augmentation. So take advantage of this incredible offer today! Feel free to book a consultation with one of our qualified surgeons to help you determine which procedure would best suit your individual needs. 

Put your smile on display for the world to see! Having a healthy set of teeth can help to improve your self-esteem and keep you from becoming self-conscious about your smile when you are speaking to other people. We have very little control over the formation of our teeth and all we can do is focus on our oral health and dental hygiene to try to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. For those who are facing more severe problems, dental surgery might be the solution. Thankfully, advancements in medical technology have made it possible to address numerous issues that patients may face. 

Most of us have had at least one bad experience at the dentist, and many patients are scared by the thought of going in for dental surgery. Having a big procedure performed in such a sensitive area is a daunting prospect and a lot of people put off any type of surgery because of this. Unfortunately, most dental issues will only get worse over time if left untreated, and anybody who has had to deal with a severe toothache will know that it is something that no one should have to endure. This is why it is important to address an issue as soon as it presents itself before it leads to more complications in the future. 

It is always important to note that good oral hygiene is the first step towards preventing tooth decay, and everyone should try to follow a proper dental care routine. A lot of issues can be avoided by simply brushing teeth regularly and avoiding an excess of sugary and acidic foods that may damage your teeth over time. In addition to self-care, it is important to visit your dentist every year to help you identify any complications that may require dental surgery before they become more problematic.  

So don’t delay! Contact Centurion Day Hospital today and take advantage of the 50% discount on dental co-payments currently available. Our dedicated team will be with you every step of the way and are available to answer any questions you may have regarding a procedure!