Wisdom teeth removal

Wisdom teeth can often cause pain when they do not erupt correctly or when there is insufficient space in the mouth.

We offer wisdom teeth removal with sedation in chair or referral for general anaesthetic. Wisdom teeth can vary greatly in their impaction so we normally require diagnostic xrays (bulk-billed) to properly form a plan and inform you of the degree of complexity and costs.

Our practice has a dentist very experienced in removing wisdom teeth of varying difficulty. The vast majority of wisdom teeth can be removed under local anaesthetic, making it much more affordable. Please let us know if you have any questions about wisdom teeth removal and how we can help answer any questions or plan treatment with you.

Why are they a problem?

Wisdom teeth are present in most patients. If we have wisdom teeth, they typically erupt in the late teenage years or early twenties. In many cases, wisdom teeth can remain unerupted or can erupt without any issues. In cases for which the wisdom teeth are not causing harm to neighbouring teeth or not at risk of decay themselves, they do not need to be removed.

Wisdom teeth can become problematic when:

  • The wisdom teeth are partially erupted

    When wisdom teeth are partially erupted, they can cause pain in one of two ways. The gum around the tooth can become sore, swollen and puffy becoming painful and increasing the risk of systemic infection. Swollen gums can also be a trap for food which causes further gum inflammation and tooth decay of the erupting wisdom tooth or neighbouring teeth.

  • The wisdom teeth are becoming decayed

    Wisdom teeth can become decayed due to being in awkward positions in the mouth. This includes being trapped beneath gum whilst being partially erupted or being in a hard to reach and clean area inside the mouth. When either of these occur, decay can occur within the wisdom tooth or teeth. This decay can lead to pain or infection of the nerve within the tooth.

  • Erosion of other teeth

    Wisdom teeth can erupt or move within bone at odd angles. When they do,
    they can wear out or erode neighbouring teeth.

What can I do to treat wisdom teeth that are giving me trouble and pain?

Horizontal impacted wisdom toothEven if the wisdom teeth erupt normally and into an easy to maintain position, they can still cause pain. This pain can be from the tooth erupting through the gum – similar to teething pain many children experience. In this transient stage, salt water rinses can help alleviate pain and keep the site of eruption clean.

For wisdom teeth affected by decay some can be restored if the decay affecting it is small enough to restore without involving the nerve of the tooth. If the decay affecting the tooth is very large or the tooth is in a spot that is hard to maintain it may be best to remove the wisdom tooth.

If the wisdom teeth are too heavily affected by decay or have an issue like one of those listed above they will need to be removed.

What does the procedure involve?

Our dentist generally like to do a consult and x-rays to see how it is best to treat the problem. This may be a simple restoration (filling), cleaning the area or removing the tooth.

Wisdom teeth can be removed under a local anaesthetic with or without sedation at our clinic or under general anaesthetic. Most cases can be removed at our clinic. For wisdom teeth which are particularly difficult or for patient who prefer a general anaesthetic we can assist in making future arrangements with referrals.

Your dentist will let you know what is suitable for you, inform you of what it will involve and any associated costs.

Does removing the wisdom teeth hurt?

Removing wisdom teeth is no more complicated or painful than removing any other tooth. During the procedure itself, there can be some discomfort in the form of pressure but our dentist will always ensure there will be no pain during the procedure.

What should I expect or do when recovering?

After the procedure, regardless of whether you’ve had the wisdom teeth removed under local or general anaesthetic, you should expect some swelling and soreness. This can last up to a week but as long as the soreness is becoming better, it is mostly considered normal. We will always inform you of an adequate pain relief regime and aids such as hot and cold packs after the procedure to ensure healing is competed quickly and comfortably. We usually encourage patients take the rest of the day as well as the next day off from work or school and to have someone help them home after the procedure.

How much does the procedure cost?

Cost for removing wisdom teeth can vary widely. Factors in cost include how many need to be removed and complexity.

At Polished wisdom tooth removal usually ranges from $220-$350 but can vary due to different factors.

Please call and we can endeavour to give a more accurate plan with a consult or through viewing any x-rays you may have already had.