PROBLEM FREE WISDOM TEETH
Wisdom teeth are usually the last teeth to appear in our mouths, coming through between the ages of about 16 to 25. Though sometimes they appear later in life.
If there is sufficient room in your mouth, your wisdom teeth will come through without problems.
PROBLEMATIC WISDOM TEETH
For some people, there just isn't enough room in your mouth and as they try to erupt through your gum they get stuck on all sorts of angles and become, what we call, impacted. In many cases the impacted tooth will need to be removed.
There are many reasons that wisdom teeth may need extracting but the two most common are
- The tooth is unable to erupt through the gum and causes infection. This is called Pericoronitis.
- There is decay present because of inadequate cleaning. This often happens as wisdom teeth can be hard to reach for cleaning.
If you are experiencing pain or have any problems with your emerging wisdom teeth, please don’t delay in booking our experienced team.
Types of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
PROCEDURE fOR WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL
Following x-rays, if your wisdom tooth has already pushed through the gum and doesn't require surgery, we will extract your tooth normally.
However, if your wisdom teeth are only partially through or causing other problems they may require a surgical extraction. The clip below explains this in greater detail using a simple animation of the procedure.
- A local anaesthetic is given.
- An incision is made in to the gum in order for it to be pulled back and expose the tooth.
- The tooth is extracted which may be done in one go or in pieces.
- A suture or stitches may be done to hold your gum tissue in place.
- A swab or gauze is placed where the tooth was extracted to stop any bleeding and cause a clot to form.
AFTER PROCEDURE CARE
- Be careful not to bite your tongue or cheek while the anaesthetic is wearing off.
- Try not to touch the area with your tongue or hands.
- Don’t consume alcohol or smoke for at least 24 hours to allow healing and prevent dry socket.
- To avoid bleeding please don’t drink using a straw.
- No excessive or forceful spitting to avoid bleeding.
- Avoid hot drinks and foods, crunchy foods, seeds, small grains and soft drink for at least three days.
- Avoid rigorous rinsing and cleaning for several days, and afterward clean very gently.
- Avoid rigorous activity for several days.
- Keep the swab or gauze in place for 30 minutes after surgery.
- If bleeding re-occurs place a clean tissue in the area and bite down gently to apply pressure and stop the bleeding.
- Take a gentle pain reliever if pain returns but please don't take aspirin as this will cause bleeding.
- If you experience prolonged pain you may have developed dry socket and should contact us for follow-up treatment.
After Procedure Care factsheet for
From $300 per tooth
Several factors can vary and increase the cost of treatment, including:
- The position of tooth in your mouth
- The curvature of the roots of the teeth
- The degree of difficulty during the procedure
- If decay or infection is worse than first thought