Wisdom Teeth Management
Why choose us?
Availability over the weekends
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth or third molars are the last molars that usually come through during your late teens or early twenties. Wisdom teeth can cause various dental problems including overcrowding of existing teeth and impaction. If your wisdom teeth are causing problems or likely to do so, it is recommended that you have them removed as soon as possible.
What are the symptoms of wisdom teeth?
- Pain and tenderness in the gums and jaw,
- Swelling or redness in the gums,
- An unpleasant taste in the mouth when you bite in the area,
- Bad breath, and
- Difficulty in opening the mouth
What is the need for wisdom teeth removal?
Infection– when an impacted wisdom tooth starts pushing through the gums, an infection known as pericoronitis may occur. This will lead to infection or inflammation and you may feel pain, swelling and jaw stiffness.
Crowding– a wisdom tooth may push nearby teeth and cause the front teeth to become crowded.
Damage to nearby molars or impaction – an impacted wisdom tooth may push against the molars in front of it, which can have serious consequences like decay or even nerve death.
Cysts – an impacted wisdom to may lead to the formation of a large sack of fluid known as a cyst.
Can I go to sleep for my wisdom teeth extraction?
Wisdom teeth extraction can be relatively simple. A lot of wisdom teeth can be removed while you are awake. Other forms of sedation are available to relieve anxiety about the procedure. At Dental at Joondalup we offer oral sedation dentistry, intravenous (IV) sleep dentistry, and general anaesthetic services.
Oral sedation dentistry involves taking a few tablets one hour prior to your dental treatment. This allows you to be much more relaxed when you are completing the wisdom tooth extraction. Intravenous sleep dentistry is performed by our sedationist at the comfort of our own clinic – this allows you to fall asleep and not remember the procedure. General anaesthetic services are available in a hospital setting away from the clinic.
How will I feel after the wisdom tooth extraction?
After the operation you may have pain and swelling which could last up to a few days. You’ll be prescribed painkillers and antibiotics generally; however, the swelling will make it difficult for you to open your mouth wide and you will need to eat soft foods until you feel comfortable to do otherwise. There will be stitches that generally dissolve on their own and playing with them with your tongue will be probably the greatest annoyance.
What is the cost of wisdom teeth removal?
The cost of wisdom teeth removal depends on the difficulty of having them removed and starts from $200 per tooth. Here at Dental at Joondalup, patients could have teeth extracted under oral sedation, IV sleep dentistry or general anaesthetic. The cost of sedation can be discussed at your consultation depending on your needs.
Our Approach to Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Depending on your need for sedation and hospital visits, wisdom teeth removal can be facilitated on the same day for emergency removal with local anaesthesia and oral sedation. Other options may take longer to organise.