Wisdom Tooth Removal

Do you need wisdom teeth removal?

Wisdom teeth are the rear molars (back teeth), which usually come through around the late teens or early 20s. These teeth can be a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly aligned, but often, they are misaligned and require removal. Sometimes, they cause problems such as tooth decay and gum infections in the long run. Therefore, it is usually best to have problematic wisdom teeth taken out sooner rather than later.

There are instances where the wisdom tooth comes through at an angle and pushes into the gum or the tooth beside it due to lack of space. This is called impaction. An impacted wisdom tooth at such an angle can be painful and useless when chewing. Sometimes, wisdom teeth only partially break through the gums. This is called partial eruption. This can create a passageway that can become a magnet for bacteria, leading to infections and gum disease. Wisdom teeth can also push other teeth out of alignment, leading to crowding and potential damage to adjacent teeth.

We recommend removing your wisdom tooth in such instances for relief and to reduce your chances of plaque building up around the tooth.

Do you need wisdom tooth extraction?


An impacted wisdom tooth can increase your risk of other unpleasant dental conditions. Moreover, they may be harder to clean since they are located towards the back of your mouth. As a result, complications such as the ones mentioned below can arise, jeopardising your oral health:

  • Infection of adjacent gum tissue
  • Dental decay of adjacent teeth
  • Crowding of front teeth
  • Formation of cysts (in rare cases)
  • Pain as a result of the wisdom teeth erupting against other teeth
  • Risk of gum disease
  • Pain in the jaws
  • Difficulty chewing and eating
  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Bad breath or an unpleasant taste in the mouth

If your wisdom tooth is causing trouble, it may be best to remove it. Regular dental visits, proper oral hygiene, and timely intervention can help manage these issues effectively. Our experienced dentists will first evaluate your oral health and recommend the best solution for your smile.

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How it works


Here’s a quick overview of what your wisdom teeth removal treatment will look like.

  • In your initial consultation with our dentist, we will conduct a thorough evaluation of your teeth to get an understanding of your oral health and if wisdom tooth removal is necessary.
  • After a physical examination, we may recommend x-rays to accurately see the position of your wisdom teeth. This will also reveal any other dental conditions you may have. Once we have all the information, we will devise a personalised plan for your wisdom tooth removal.
  • Our dentist will begin administering local anaesthesia to numb the area. You will remain awake during the procedure, but, this way, any discomfort will be minimised.
  • The treatment begins with our dentist making a small incision in the gumline near your wisdom tooth using a specialised set of tools. When removing the tooth, it might be necessary to remove it portion by portion, depending on how it has erupted.
  • After removal, the affected area will then be cleaned with antiseptic to remove any bacteria or food particles that have accumulated over time. Once cleaned, the incision can be stitched back. Sterile dental gauze will be placed over the affected area in order to encourage clot formation & stop the bleeding so it heals naturally.

Can I be asleep during the procedure?


Worried about wisdom tooth removal being painful? We offer sleep dentistry and general anaesthetic to make, your procedure as comfortable and seamless as possible. All the equipment you would find in a hospital is on-site to ensure your safety throughout the procedure. The procedure is also supervised at all times by our specialist anaesthetist to make sure your health is in the safest hands.

Girl suffering from a toothache

Risks of Wisdom Tooth Extraction Surgery


As with all surgical procedures, there are general and specific risks associated with the extraction of wisdom teeth that depend on several factors. Any possibility of risk will be discussed in detail during your consultation with one of our highly experienced dentists after a thorough evaluation of your teeth. However, if you are eligible for wisdom tooth extraction, rest assured that you are trusting a dental practice that has decades of experience with a procedure as commonly performed as this.

Stress-free wisdom tooth removal at SDG

Wisdom Tooth Removal Aftercare


After the wisdom tooth removal process, it is common to experience some pain and swelling as the anaesthetic wears off. While that’s normal, our dentist will educate you about how to care for your mouth and ensure a smooth recovery after your wisdom tooth removal. Some general suggestions include:

  • Take pain-relieving medication if needed (based on advice from our oral health professionals)
  • Place a cold compress over your face if you experience swelling.
  • Hold warm salty water in your mouth. Do this after meals and no earlier than 24 hours after surgery.
  • Eat soft, easy-to-chew foods (such as mashed potatoes or soups) for the next few days and avoid spicy/hard foods or beverages that are either too hot or too cold.
  • Don’t smoke for 48 hours after the surgery.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Avoid rinsing your mouth aggressively.
  • Don’t use straws to drink water, as the suction motion can dislodge the blood clot forming on the extraction site, causing a dry socket condition.
  • Give your body the rest it deserves and avoid strenuous activities that could dislodge the blood clot.
  • Be gentle and careful when brushing your teeth.
  • Experiencing discomfort in the days following your wisdom tooth removal is normal. However, if you experience excessive bleeding after a couple of days, fever or swelling, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our dentist.

Our gentle and experienced dentists will make sure that you leave our practice knowing all the steps you need to have a safe recovery at home after your wisdom tooth removal at SDG Dental, Wantirna. Quick measures like ice packs and prescribed pain medication can help with recovery. Lots of rest and a soft food diet are recommended.

 

Cost of Wisdom Tooth Removal in Wantirna


There are several factors influencing the cost of your wisdom tooth extraction. The type of sedation used and the complexity of your case are two of the main factors. To get an accurate breakdown of the cost of treatment, we recommend you visit us for a consultation.

 

Why Choose SDG For Wisdom Teeth Extraction?


At SDG Dental, our dental professionals have extensive experience performing wisdom tooth extractions, including emergency wisdom tooth removal. We will ensure your comfort throughout the procedure using gentle and safe wisdom teeth removal techniques. We are committed to providing you with the highest quality dental care possible.
Our dental professionals are well-trained and experienced to provide a comprehensive range of treatments, such as teeth whitening, TMJ disorder treatment and family dentistry. No matter what your dental problem is, we’re here to help. Contact our friendly team to learn more.

 

FAQs


1. Why do I need to remove my wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth often cause issues due to lack of space in the mouth for them to erupt properly. They can become impacted, causing pain, infection, and possible damage to your adjacent teeth. This is not just uncomfortable but detrimental for your oral health and overall well-being so it’s best to have your wisdom teeth removed.

2. Is wisdom teeth removal painful?

The procedure is performed under local or general anesthesia by our highly experienced dentists, so don’t worry, you won’t feel pain. Some discomfort and swelling are normal after the procedure, but this can be managed with pain medication and a cold compress placed against the affected area.

3. What is the recovery period?

Typically it takes about 3-5 days to recover to some extent. By the end of the first week, you should feel mostly normal again.

4. What are dry sockets, and how can I prevent them?

Dry sockets occur when the blood clot that forms to promote healing after extraction is dislodged, exposing the bone underneath. To prevent this, follow our post-operative care instructions with care, avoid smoking, and be gentle with your mouth during the healing process.

5. What is the best time to remove wisdom teeth?

If your wisdom tooth is causing you trouble, it’s best to remove it as soon as possible. Removing your wisdom teeth at a younger age is, in fact, easier than doing it at an older age. Recovery, too, will be faster without any major complications involved.

6. How do I manage any discomfort?

The pain or discomfort you feel is due to the pressure and inflammation that the wisdom tooth causes. It may start with the feeling of soreness that varies with intensity over the course of the coming weeks, very much similar to the process a teething baby endures. You can manage this pain, however, by rinsing with salt water or pressing a cold compress to your mouth. Our dentist may also recommend medication as needed.

7. What are Wisdom teeth?

Referred to as third molars and located at the very back of your mouth, wisdom teeth typically serve to grind food for easy digestion. They make an appearance around the time one reaches maturity; 18 – 21 years old, and thus the name.

8. Is it a must to remove wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth can cause problems and pain based on how they are placed and it is recommended to remove them if they cause severe pain.

9. Why should I remove my wisdom teeth?

As wisdom teeth erupt later in life, they may not have the space required, causing them to push against other teeth and gums. This can lead to severe infections, diseases and crowding which can cause pain and discomfort.
If you are experiencing pain from a wisdom tooth, we recommend that you consult one of our dentists immediately.

10. I want to keep my wisdom teeth even though I’m advised to remove them. Why is this risky?

Here are some of the complications you will face if you decide to keep the wisdom teeth that the dentist has advised to get removed.

  • Infections
  • Bad breath
  • Gum tissue in the back jaw will be irritated
  • Difficulty with biting or clenching
  • Overcrowding of teeth
  • Jaw pain
11. What is it like when the wisdom teeth are removed?

You will be undergoing sedation and the process begins once you are sedated. This, of course, will be your choice. However, it is important to note that most people are sedated when their wisdom teeth are removed, which helps them bypass the experience and the pain that will follow during the process.
Anaesthesia usually lasts between 1-2 hours after you come home after the procedure
After the teeth removal, the anaesthesia will wear off and you are bound to feel some discomfort. We will provide you with the necessary medication as well as the post-care guidelines so your healing journey can be smooth and fast. It is important that you have assistance in the form of a friend or family member to drive you home. It will be ideal for you to take a break from tiring activities for the next few days and focus on healing.