What is meant by wisdom tooth extraction?
Wisdom teeth are the third molars that are found on each side of the upper and lower jaw. They are the last teeth to erupt and often do not erupt but remain below the gumline. Impacted, or crowded, teeth that have not erupted cause pain and swelling. The dentist or oral and maxillofacial surgeon will extract the tooth for the patients' comfort. The extraction of a wisdom tooth takes from ten minutes to one hour.
Are wisdom teeth extractions painful?
Local anaesthesia is injected before a wisdom tooth is extracted. Patients will not feel pain during the procedure. Anxious patients are given a sedative before the procedure.
What is the recovery time after wisdom teeth extractions?
It takes up to three weeks to completely recover from a wisdom tooth extraction.
When can I travel by air after having wisdom teeth extracted?
Patients can travel by air two days after having wisdom teeth extracted, after consulting with their dentist or surgeon.
What care is required after having wisdom teeth extracted?
Patients should take all prescribed medications correctly. They should gently rinse their mouth with salt water frequently. They should not rinse their mouths or brush their teeth vigorously for a few days. Patients should sleep with their head elevated. They should avoid vigorous exercise and lifting heavy objects for at least a week. They should use ice packs to reduce any swelling. They should not eat very hot or very cold food for a few days.
Why do tourists visit South Africa?
South Africa is home to amazing landscapes, wonderful wildlife, pristine beaches and magnificent, luxury train journeys. Cities have large shopping malls with high-end fashion boutiques. There are smaller, bustling markets selling traditional African arts and crafts. South Africa has a unique cuisine and has become famous for its local wines. South Africa is a multicultural country with a friendly people. Accommodation options include luxury resorts, budget hotels, farm stays, guest houses and game lodges.
Why do international patients visit South Africa?
South Africa has many world class hospitals with state of the art facilities and highly qualified doctors. Many of these hospitals are part of large international hospital chains. Hospitals and clinics in South Africa offer high quality specialist medical, dental and surgical services at affordable prices for overseas patients. Many hospitals offer packages for medical tourists that include a holiday, treatments and procedures, accommodation and local transportation.
Does South Africa have international airports?
South Africa has three major international airports serving major cities. Most hospitals and clinics offer airport transfers as part of the medical tourism package.
What are the visa requirements for patients travelling for medical treatments to South Africa?
Medical tourists travelling for treatments or procedures in South Africa require a medical treatment visa. Details of how to obtain a medical treatment visa to travel for treatments in South Africa are available at the website: http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/types-of-visas
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