Wisdom Teeth Removal

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What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are a set of third molar teeth that appear at the back of your mouth, on both the upper and lower jaws. The four wisdom teeth are the last teeth 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 some awful stories regarding wisdom teeth pain as the wisdom teeth grow and erupt through the gum tissue. However, wisdom teeth can also come out gently without causing any pain. In fact, you may sometimes barely notice that they have erupted and won't require the wisdom teeth removed.

Why are they a problem?

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 tooth may not have enough room 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 nearby teeth. When a wisdom tooth is caught or stuck under the gum/bone this is known as an impacted wisdom tooth. An impacted tooth also refers to a tooth that is growing at the wrong angle and is thus 'impacted' or blocked.

Wisdom teeth can lead to damage of the jaw, make it difficult to chew or open your mouth fully and in some cases, cause nerve damage to the nerves supplying sensation to the face.

If the wisdom teeth do not erupt completely (partially erupted tooth) and are covered by part of the gum, it can become an area that is difficult to keep clean. This can trigger serious problems such as a bacterial infection; which if left untreated, can result in gum 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 other teeth
  • Tooth Decay
  • Gum disease
  • Bleeding gums
  • Pain and swelling
  • Bad Breath
  • Other oral health problems
  • Soft tissue or facial infection

Wisdom Tooth Removal

Most upper wisdom teeth can be removed easily under local anaesthetic. Lower wisdom teeth can be more difficult to remove and may require removing bone surrounding the tooth and cutting the gum before the wisdom teeth may be removed.

If your dentist decides that a wisdom tooth needs to be extracted, they may use a local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic, although general anaesthetic is rarely necessary. Removing wisdom teeth can often be done under local anaesthetic while sitting in the dental chair. However for more complex cases, your dentist may refer you to specialist oral surgeon for surgical extraction.

Depending on the complexity of the procedure, the recovery time after removing a wisdom tooth can range from a few days to a couple of weeks. It is important to keep the wisdom teeth extraction sites as clean as possible for the first few weeks after you remove wisdom teeth. This will help to ensure food debris doesn't get stuck in the extraction site and will limit the chance of infection.

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 of wisdom teeth management after your procedure, by providing post care information such as a soft diet to eat soft food, warm salt water washes and pain medication for pain relief.

You may have stitches in your mouth, and this will be reviewed at your post-operative review appointment. If you find that you are still experiencing pain, if the swelling doesn't reduce or dry socket occurs, contact your dentist immediately.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost

The cost of wisdom teeth removal and wisdom tooth extraction will vary depending on the complexity of your case. Certain cases such as impacted wisdom teeth removal surgery may incur higher costs than normal wisdom tooth removal.

This will be assessed at your initial consultation where we will also take an x-ray to determine which wisdom teeth surgery best suits your individual requirements. The cost for wisdom teeth removal and wisdom teeth extractions can range from $175 to $450 for each wisdom tooth.

Maylands Dental Centre

At Maylands Dental Centre, we offer the following for wisdom tooth extraction and wisdom teeth removal services:

  • 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 that covers wisdom teeth removal, 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 what out of pocket fee you can expect for your wisdom tooth extraction.

As a team of experienced dentists in Maylands, we provide a range of dentistry services to patients including dental implants, root canal treatment, general dentistry, dental restorations, teeth cleaning, gum disease treatment for periodontal disease and more. We strive to make going to the dentist comfortable and pain free for all our patients.

Professional Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery in Perth

Do you have impacted wisdom teeth or require wisdom teeth removed?

Contact the dental professionals at Maylands Dental Centre for an initial consultation and see how we can assist with wisdom teeth removal procedures and treatment.

Please note any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek the opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner first or seek a second opinion to discuss your medical history and any previous medical conditions.

The Australian Dental Association strongly urges Australians to have their dental surgery in Australia, as the benefits far outweigh the risks.

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A great smile is simply part of a healthy, happy life. At Maylands Dental Centre, we see the whole person, and we know dental health is more than just your teeth.

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