Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth generally appear throughout the late teens and early twenties but can sometimes appear later. Wisdom teeth are the final teeth to develop. In some cases they emerge in to their correct position without complication, however, often they can cause dental issues and require extraction to prevent further discomfort and problems.

The majority of complications are either caused by the wisdom teeth becoming impacted, or when they partially erupt. Impacted wisdom teeth are the result of the teeth growing into other teeth or the surrounding tissues and bone, often causing crowding and discomfort. Partially erupted wisdom teeth are also problematic as they leave a small pocked of gum exposed and vulnerable to painful, recurrent infection. It is easy for the bacteria in your mouth to sit under this flap of skin and because it is difficult to clean and your body’s defences are unable to protect well in this area.

With the use of our state of the art cone beam imaging we can locate the wisdom tooth in three dimensions which allows us to accurately locate the wisdom tooth and its relationship to all the delicate structures around that area. By doing so we can accurately predict the degree of difficulty of the surgery and give you the optimum care. The most effective treatment method to alleviate these issues is the removal of one or all of the wisdom teeth. This is a common procedure and can often be completed at our practice with the use of a local anaesthetic and happy gas if requested. However, for more complex procedures, complicated medical histories or particularly nervous patients, a general anaesthetic can be administered by a qualified anaesthetist who will visit our practice for your appointment. Our general dentist Jon, who has a special interest and skill in oral surgery, has visiting rights to Hunters Hill Private where the surgery can be carried out in a hospital situation as a day stay patient.

  • Home Care Following Extraction
  • Keep the gauze swab in place, with pressure for half an hour after leaving the clinic.
  • Do not rinse mouth today. No hot foods or liquids. ONLY luke warm, soft foods on the other side of the mouth.
  • Tomorrow, rinse with luke warm water and a teaspoon of salt and continue regularly for 3-5 days, at least after meals and before be until wound heals.
  • NO ALCOHOL AND NO SMOKING FOR AT LEAST 48 HOURS.
  • If in pain, take two panadeine tablets half an hour after treatment, then one or two tables every three to four hours, if necessary to a maximum of eight tablets in one day.
  • Rest or sleep with head raised.
  • If you are experiencing problems with your wisdom teeth or to organise an assessment contact our friendly team on 9908 3466 to arrange an appointment.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with a surgical or invasive procedure, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.