Everything You Need to Know About Wisdom Teeth Removal

Everything You Need to Know About Wisdom Teeth Removal

Let’s be honest, we’d all be lying if we said the thought of having one or more teeth removed filled us with happy thoughts. 

Sure, wisdom teeth removal may seem like a daunting experience, but knowledge is power. When you are given as much information as possible from your dentist on what to expect, you’ll find any fear and uncertainty you may have can be quickly calmed.





Wisdom tooth removal pain

When you’re in experienced hands having your wisdom teeth removed does not need to be painful. The use of local anaesthetic agents administered by skilled operators (who perform these procedures day-in and day-out), a calming environment and a supportive and caring team can minimise any discomfort you may feel while easing your anxiety through the procedure.


If you do feel you might not be able to tolerate having your wisdom teeth removed whilst alert and fully awake, we can offer the full range of relaxation and sedation techniques; ranging from the use of nitrous oxide (happy gas), to being placed into a deep state of relaxation through the use of an intravenous (twilight) sedation, right through to being put completely to sleep for your procedure.

Following your procedure, you will be clearly advised as to the appropriate pain relief instructions to follow when you return home, this will include any analgesics or antibiotics that may be required to ease any discomfort during the healing process. So whether you are having just one wisdom tooth removed, or all four of them, be assured that we will find the best solution that will work for you.



Do you need to remove all your wisdom teeth?

It is advisable to have your wisdom teeth looked at if you’re between 16 and 19 years old, this will give your dentist a good indication of whether they might cause you problems as you get older. Once you have been informed of any existing or potential problems, you will be able to make a decision as to whether you feel you should have your wisdom teeth removed. 


Wisdom teeth that are healthy and come in properly should not cause problems and do not need to be removed. If you are over 30 years of age and have not yet experienced any issues, you are unlikely to have problems into the future and may choose not to remove them at all. The benefits of not having your wisdom teeth removed are avoiding the risks of surgery and the costs incurred.

However, if they cause pain or an infection, crowd other teeth, or get stuck (impacted) and can’t break through your gums your dentist may recommend that you have your wisdom teeth removed. If your wisdom teeth have already broken through the gums but are unable come through fully due to a lack of space, they can also be prone to getting cavities and gum disease because they can be hard to clean and may need to be removed. Many dentists and oral surgeons feel it is best to have impacted wisdom teeth removed before the age of 20. This is because when you’re younger the bone surrounding your teeth is softer, teeth are easier to take out as the roots of the teeth are not fully formed, and you heal faster.



Surgery time to remove wisdom teeth

The time it takes to remove your wisdom teeth will depend on several factors, with safety and comfort always being our primary concern. Firstly, how many teeth are being removed: a single tooth or all four of them? Next, there are differing degrees of complexity involved with removing wisdom teeth. A simple extraction might consist of a fully erupted wisdom tooth with roots that are shaped favourably in a patient under 20 years old with more elastic bone. However, a tooth that is buried or impacted, or teeth being removed from older patients may take longer. 


That said, it would be uncommon for a procedure which involves the removal of all four wisdom teeth (some which may be buried or impacted) to take longer than an hour when performed by an experienced operator. While having a single wisdom tooth removed may take as little as 30 minutes.



Returning to work after wisdom tooth removal

Depending on the type of work you do and how difficult the surgery is, then you may be able to return to work on the same day to perform light duties only. However it is generally not recommended for a number of reasons, and you will be encouraged to take the rest of the day off after your procedure. 


If you are having all four wisdom teeth removed, we suggest you take the next day off work or organise the procedure to fall at the end of the week so you have the weekend to recover. If you are having wisdom teeth removed with the aid of intravenous (conscious) sedation or general anaesthetic, you will be unable to return to work on the same day and a responsible adult escort will be required to take you home following the procedure and monitor and care for you in the early phase of your recovery.



After wisdom teeth removal

There are several possible risks and side effects that may follow having your wisdom teeth removed. In the short term these may comprise of: 

  • Numbness (freezing) in your mouth and lips from the local anaesthetic used,

  • Bleeding that may continue for up to 24 hours,

  • Pain and swelling in your gums and tooth socket where the tooth/teeth were removed,

  • Trismus presenting as problems or pain when you try to open your jaw.

Before you undergo surgery, be sure you have a discussion with your dentist/surgeon so you are aware of all possible side effects and risks of having your wisdom teeth removed. 





Wisdom teeth healing time

Generally a speedy recovery from wisdom teeth removal will take about three days, but in some cases there may still be swelling and discomfort for a week or more. After surgery, bruising, swelling and tenderness in the face and neck are common. To minimise any pain you may be experiencing, use ice pack compresses on you jaw, eat soft foods and keep your mouth clean with a salt water or antiseptic mouth rinse. 

It is vital you follow all at-home care instructions your dentist gives you after surgery. However unusual symptoms appear such as discharge, severe pain or fever, make sure you contact your dentist straight away to avoid infection or complications. 



The cost of removing wisdom teeth

The cost of removing wisdom teeth does vary. Prices start from $200 per tooth but the cost may rise if a surgical procedure is required to remove impacted or buried teeth. Separate costs will also apply for any treatment performed under sedation (Nitrous oxide or Intravenous) or general anaesthesia and again will vary depending on the length of the procedure and how many teeth are being removed. 


If you have private healthcare insurance you may well be entitled to a rebate. Make sure you receive a quote from the dentist at your initial consultation. We will then be able to check with your healthcare fund to find how much you will get back. Remember the quote given is a ‘best estimate’ as at times costs of treatment may change during surgery. For example, if a simple extraction turns out to require a surgical technique. As a general rule, you may expect to pay between $1200 and $2000 if you are having all four wisdom teeth removed in the dental chair.

If you feel it is time to get your wisdom teeth checked, or you would like to understand wisdom teeth removal further, please call our friendly dental clinic in Perth, Claremont Dental, to organise an appointment or book online today.

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