Wisdom Teeth Removal
Your caring and gentle wisdom teeth removal experts
Wisdom teeth are a set of third molars that appear at the back of your mouth, on both the upper and lower jaws. They are the last set of molars to appear, usually during your late teens or when you are in your twenties. Wisdom teeth thus got the name from making their appearance at a time when a person is supposedly more mature and wise. You may have heard of some awful stories regarding wisdom teeth pain as the teeth erupt through. However, wisdom teeth can also come out gently without causing any pain. In fact, you may barely even notice that they have erupted.
Since the wisdom teeth appear at a later age when the rest of the teeth have already appeared and settled into their spaces, the wisdom teeth may not have enough space to erupt completely and thus get pushed against the other teeth. This can cause pain. On the other hand, if there is enough space, the wisdom teeth will come out smoothly and there is usually minimal pain.
As there is usually a lack of space in the mouth, the wisdom teeth often get misaligned, resulting in a position that can exert a lot of pressure on the adjacent teeth. This can also lead to damage of the jaw and in some cases, cause problems to the nerves supplying sensation to the face.
If the wisdom teeth do not erupt completely and are covered by part of the gum, it can become an area that is difficult to keep clean. This can trigger a bacterial infection; which if left untreated, can result in infection and dental decay. Additionally, this crowding can also make it difficult to maintain oral hygiene as proper brushing and flossing cannot reach the spaces between the crowded teeth.
In summary, wisdom teeth can cause problems of:
- Teeth crowding & progressive misalignment
- Damage to adjacent teeth
- Gum disease
- Pain and swelling
Depending on the complexity of the procedure, the recovery time can range from a few days to a couple of weeks. Generally, peak pain and swelling occurs on the second and third day and will then slowly subside. We will prepare you well in advance on the best ways to manage this process.
You may have dissolvable stitches in your mouth, and this will be reviewed at your post-operative review appointment.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost
The cost of wisdom teeth removal will vary depending on the complexity of your case. This will be assessed at your initial consultation where we will also take an x-ray. The cost for wisdom teeth extractions can range from $175 to $450 for each tooth.
At Maylands Dental Centre we offer:
- Highly experienced dental surgeons
- Option for removal under sedation
- Competitive pricing
- After-hours and weekend appointments available
- No interest payment plans available
If you have private health insurance with dental coverage, then you will be able to get a portion of this cost back depending on your level. During your initial consultation appointment, we can check this rebate amount through our HICAPS machine to determine exactly how much out of pocket you can expect.