Impacted wisdom teeth can cause serious problems. Find out if you need wisdom tooth extraction Sydney.
An impacted wisdom tooth or one that comes through at the wrong angle can be painful and cause infections, crowding or other dental problems if it's not treated. Getting problematic wisdom teeth removed via surgical tooth removal lowers the oral health risks and relieves pain and discomfort.
Wisdom teeth surgery can be more complex than a standard tooth extraction. If you need wisdom teeth removal, Sydney Dental Surgeons can help. Our wisdom teeth specialist dentists in Sydney CBD use the latest dental systems to diagnose problems and remove impacted wisdom teeth without damaging your other teeth.
The typical adult mouth has up to 32 teeth, four of these being wisdom teeth (also called third molars). Located at the back of the mouth, these are the last teeth to come through the gums. This usually happens between the ages of 17 and 25, but they can sometimes develop later.
Not everyone gets all of their wisdom teeth and not all wisdom teeth cause problems. If there's enough space in your mouth for the tooth to fit and it comes through normally, you may only experience minor discomfort.
However, if these teeth are causing problems, your dentist may recommend wisdom teeth removal surgery as a corrective or preventive measure.
Wisdom tooth problems may be spotted early during your routine check-up with your Sydney dental surgeon, or if you visit us because you're feeling pain or other symptoms. Common reasons for wisdom tooth removal in Sydney CBD are:
If there isn't enough space at the back of your mouth to support a new tooth, the wisdom tooth may get trapped in the gum (impacted). This can sometimes lead to an infection or abscess if it's not treated.
If the tooth does come through (erupt), it may do so at an angle. This puts pressure on your other teeth or can even push them out of alignment.
Wisdom teeth that don't emerge fully from the gum can cause pain and be prone to infection (pericoronitis). It may also be difficult to brush and floss the tooth properly, increasing the risk of problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.
If the tooth is covered by the gum, our dentists may be able to remove this gum tissue rather than extract the tooth in some cases.
Wisdom teeth may be removed after they've already erupted if the tooth becomes decayed or infected and is putting your other teeth at risk.
As the wisdom teeth are at the very back of the mouth, they can be difficult for some people to keep clean.
If you're planning to get pregnant, we may recommend removing wisdom teeth that are causing you pain and discomfort as a preventive measure, as pregnancy increases the risk of gum problems.
If you're not sure whether your wisdom teeth need to be extracted, book a consultation for Sydney wisdom tooth extraction to find out more.
If we think you need wisdom tooth extraction, we'll explain what the procedure involves so you can decide if you're happy to go ahead. This may be a simple or complex procedure – we'll be able to determine this based on x-rays.
Wisdom teeth removal at Sydney Dental Surgeons is carried out under local anaesthetic to stop you from feeling pain.
If your tooth extraction surgery is more complex, you have dental anxiety, or you're having multiple extractions, we may discuss other options such as IV sedation or general anaesthesia.
Sometimes, removing a wisdom tooth may be no more difficult than a regular tooth extraction. Your dentist will loosen the tooth using forceps and remove it from the gum without the need for surgery.
This is more likely for upper wisdom teeth than the lower wisdom teeth, but it varies from case to case.
In the case of an impacted or partially erupted tooth, we'll need to open the gum to remove the tooth from inside. During the surgical teeth removal procedure we'll also remove any infected tissue and disinfect the gum before closing it with stitches.
For more complex wisdom teeth extractions, we may need to remove the tooth in pieces or remove some of the surrounding bone tissue.
You're likely to feel some discomfort for a few days or up to a week, depending on how difficult the wisdom tooth extraction procedure was. You may also experience some swelling around the tooth in the first few days. We may recommend painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication or other remedies to help you manage your recovery.
We also recommend that you eat soft foods for the first few days after wisdom teeth surgery to give your mouth the chance to heal. It's important to brush and floss your teeth as normal to maintain good oral health, brushing gently around the treatment site.
We'll arrange a follow-up appointment to check that you're healing normally and remove any stitches.
In the hands of our experienced dentists, wisdom teeth removal at Sydney Dental Surgeons has minimal risks, but we'll give you all the information you need to make an informed decision about your treatment.
If gum healing is impaired, this can lead to a dry socket forming, which can be painful and cause bad breath. We'll check for any problems during your follow-up appointment after your wisdom tooth extraction surgery.
The cost of extracting a wisdom tooth depends on how complex the procedure is, the type of sedation you choose and other factors. We'll give you a quote detailing the full cost of wisdom tooth removal specific to your requirements, during your consultation
A general wisdom tooth extraction cost will usually be covered by private health insurance, but this may not cover oral surgery. We can also discuss our payment plans to help make your wisdom tooth removal treatment cost more manageable.
Whether you need to remove one or more wisdom teeth, get in touch with our friendly team at Sydney Dental Surgeons. We'll make sure you know what to expect and we're always happy to answer any questions you have.
Any surgical or invasive procedure like wisdom tooth removal, carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.