Wisdom Teeth giving you trouble?
Many people experience wisdom teeth pain around the ages of 18-22 years. The pain arises from swelling or infection due to there being little room for the tooth to erupt into the mouth. Wisdom tooth impaction or in other words, when the wisdom tooth is trapped then you will have wisdom teeth swelling or pain.
Common Wisdom Teeth complaints
My wisdom teeth are growing in sideways!
This is a common complaint and they certainly needing assessing by Dr Suzanne, as the poor positioning of the wisdom teeth could result in decay in both the wisdom tooth and the next-door tooth. If untreated, the decay will kill the nerve of both teeth and worse scenario is both teeth will need extraction.
Will I need wisdom teeth surgery?
Don’t panic, it may not be as bad as you think, and you may not need surgery.
We are BFD have a wealth of experience taking wisdom teeth out over the years.
We encourage you to book in for a thorough assessment with one of our dentists. They will do a risk assessment on the difficulty extracting your wisdom teeth and will walk you through the procedure required. You will need a wisdom teeth X-ray to fully determine the complexity of the case and the positioning of the wisdom teeth. This X-ray is to determine if there is any infection, the position of the roots to the nerve, the number of roots and anatomy of the roots. We will organise this for you don’t worry.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
If you are having your wisdom teeth extracted in the chair this will be completed under local anaesthetic and you will be fully conscious. For the more complex cases we have regional anaesthesia or happy gas on site. If this is determined not suitable for you then we have the alternatives of sedation or GA. Let us discuss our dental sedation options with you at your consult.
After Wisdom Teeth extraction
Now that you have had your wisdom tooth or teeth extracted the post-op care is extremely important to reduce the risk of post-op complications. Wisdom teeth dry sockets are an extremely common occurrence after extractions.
They are very common amongst:
- Those who smoke
- Those who exhibit poor oral hygiene after removal
- Immuno-compromised patients
You will get an infection after removal of wisdom teeth and will also experience further pain after removal if you don’t follow instructions from your dentist.
Other complications with wisdom teeth removal are pain, bleeding, bruising, and less common complications are paresthesia (continuous tingling of the nerve) or in very rare cases anaesthesia.
Post Wisdom Teeth extraction pain relief
Normal painkillers will normally suffice for 3-5 days. However, our dentists will prescribe heavier pain medications if your extraction or surgery was traumatic.
Keeping the area clean with regular warm salty water rinses is also required, followed with a week of soft foods.
Recovering from Wisdom Teeth removal
You will be told by our dentists how much downtime you will need. It can range from 1-14 days though it is normal to take 2 weeks off work. Some patients find they can return to work after 1 week.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost
The big question. This cannot be answered without an initial assessment. We take into consideration:
- How many wisdom teeth are to be extracted in total
- How many wisdom teeth to be extracted per visit
- Will happy gas/ sedation be required
- The complexity of the extractions (surgical or non-surgical extractions)
- The time taken to do the extractions
- Post-op care appointments.
Questions? Contact us today, for us to help answer those questions and start looking after your oral health for the long-term.