What does wisdom teeth removal involve?
Wisdom tooth extraction is generally a straightforward process, but impacted wisdom teeth removal can be more complex. In general, the upper wisdom teeth are easier to remove than the lower teeth, although not in all cases.
Depending on how complicated the procedure is likely to be, our dental surgeons may be able to remove one or several wisdom teeth in the same appointment. In more complex cases, we may refer you to a specialist.
Our dentists will examine your mouth and take dental x-rays to give us a clear view of where the wisdom tooth is positioned in your mouth and gum. This helps us to plan your treatment for the minimum of pain and discomfort.
Pain relief and sedation
Like all dental procedures at our clinic, local anaesthesia is administered before wisdom teeth removal to make sure you won't feel any pain. If you feel nervous about dental surgery, or if the procedure is more complex, we can discuss other sedation options to help you feel more relaxed. If you're having multiple teeth extracted, general anaesthesia may sometimes be necessary.
If a wisdom tooth is not impacted, a standard extraction may be all that's needed to remove it. This involves gently rocking the tooth from side to side until it loosens, then pulling it out.
If a wisdom tooth is impacted or difficult to access, oral surgery may be required. This involves making an incision in the gum, extracting the wisdom tooth and treating any infection or other issue that may be present before stitching the gum closed. If the tooth is difficult to remove, we may also need to remove some of the surrounding bone.
Is getting wisdom teeth removed painful?
Wisdom tooth extraction is carried out under local anaesthesia and other sedation if requested. This blocks pain signals to the brain during the procedure. If your wisdom tooth is giving you pain, getting the tooth extracted will relieve this pain and discomfort.
You may feel pain after the procedure when the anaesthesia wears off. Our dentists will prescribe appropriate pain relief medication which you should take as instructed for as long as you feel the pain. This normally only lasts for a few days.
What should I expect after wisdom tooth extraction?
Recovery following wisdom tooth removal can take anywhere from 24 hours up to a week, depending on how many teeth you have extracted and how straightforward or complex the procedure is.
To improve your chance of a full recovery, we recommend that you eat soft foods only for the first few days after your treatment, such as soup, mashed potato and vegetables and other foods that don't require chewing or biting.
You should still brush your teeth twice a day, but be very gentle at the back of your mouth where the tooth was extracted. You should avoid directly touching the treated site in your mouth and don't smoke for at least 48 hours, preferably longer.
If you have pain or swelling, these can be treated with over-the-counter medication prescribed by our dentists. If we think there might be a risk of infection, we may also prescribe antibiotics.
What are the risks?
We always take all precautions to minimise risks during dental procedures, but there's always a minor risk of complications with any oral surgery. We'll make sure you understand this possibility and how to recognise unusual side-effects before you agree to the treatment.
For wisdom tooth removal, complications can include infection of the mouth or a dry socket. This can happen if the gum doesn't heal properly and is usually characterised by persistent pain and bad breath.
If you notice any unexpected symptoms after your treatment, contact our North Shore dental clinic to make an emergency appointment.
How much does wisdom teeth removal cost?
The wisdom tooth extraction cost varies depending on the number of teeth you're having extracted, how simple or complex the procedure is and what sedation options you choose, among other factors. Removing several wisdom teeth at once may be cheaper than removing each tooth at separate appointments, but this isn't always possible.
We'll give you a breakdown of wisdom teeth removal costings during your consultation. We can also discuss whether you can claim your tooth removal cost on your health insurance and whether you want to take advantage of our payment plans to help you spread the cost.
Book a consultation for Northbridge wisdom teeth removal in Sydney
If you want to know more about what wisdom tooth extraction involves or you're ready to book an appointment, contact our friendly team at Sailors Bay Dentistry today. Call us on (02) 9958 0400 or fill in our contact form and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.