Wisdom Tooth Removal Werribee, Point Cook
Our Dentists are highly experienced and surgically trained for extractions. We perform Wisdom Tooth Removal for Werribee, Point Cook & surrounding suburbs patients on a daily basis!
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last set of teeth to come through the jaw. There are typically four, two at the top and two at the bottom – each are located at the back corners of the mouth. Generally, wisdom teeth tend to come through between the ages of 17 to 24 years old and some people are lucky enough to have enough space to accommodate them. In those instances, they can act as a normal tooth and removal is not required.
When the wisdom teeth are around important structures or the case is very complex requiring delicate surgery, we may recommend for you to have Wisdom Teeth Removed under sedation or Sleep Dentistry with our in house specialist oral surgeon. This way you will be comfortable throughout without having to be conscious of the whole process. This is also an excellent alternative for those who are highly anxious or prefer to get it all over and done with without having to be awake.
Do I need my Wisdom Teeth removed?
More often than not, the jaw does not have enough space for the growth of the wisdom teeth and as such, they tend to get stuck or grow at very odd angles. Brushing and cleaning the wisdom teeth becomes very difficult and food and bacteria build up around the region over time. As a result, most people tend to get severe infection and decay on the wisdom teeth and possibly on neighbouring teeth as well.
The image below is an illustration of an impacted Wisdom Tooth:
Signs and symptoms that indicate you may have wisdom teeth problems:
- Food getting stuck between the back teeth
- Difficulty opening jaw
- Bad smell
- Sore gums
- Pain or discomfort when teeth touch each other
- Presence of pus
- Sore throat and difficulty swallowing
- Cuts along the inner cheek
Wisdom teeth infections can be treated by Dentists but if the infection becomes persistent, it will be an ongoing issue that can severely compromise your health and wellbeing. To avoid serious complications, our Dentists may recommend Wisdom Tooth Removal for Werribee, Point Cook & surrounding suburbs patients.
What if I'm not in pain?
If the way your wisdom teeth come through poses a problem to the health of adjacent teeth (risk of decay, gum disease and bone loss etc) or hinders your ability to keep the area clean then it is often advised to have them removed.
Patients often say “but it doesn’t cause me any pain”, absence of pain does not mean absence of problems. We rather patients have a set of healthy teeth than have extra non-functioning teeth that if left in place will cause the teeth next door to be extracted or give rise to increase cost and need for complex surgery later.
Wisdom Tooth Removal - Treatment Process
1. Book a consultation
2. Obtain an x-ray
We'll organise an x-ray to be taken of the region to help our Dentists assess the complexity of the case, this is a legal requirement and must be completed before any treatment is performed.
Sometimes, if more than one wisdom tooth is removed or if the location of the wisdom tooth is too far back in the jaw, a referral for a bigger jaw x-ray (OPG) may be needed.
3. Case analysis
This is where we assess the complexity of your case and discuss potential treatment options with you. Some potential outcomes of this assessment include:
- Treatment performed by our surgically trained Dentists in-chair
- Treatment performed by our in-house specialist oral surgeon
- Treatment referred to our external oral surgeon
- Treatment performed whilst you're asleep
4. Case acceptance
When the recommended treatment option has been accepted, we'll set up a time with you to have your Wisdom Teeth removed and discuss the procedure with you in more detail.
Like all medical procedures, there are risks and complications that our Dentists will then go through with you. Overall, Wisdom Teeth Removal is very common and safe.
5. In-chair extraction
On the day of your appointment, our team will help you get settled and comfortable before delivering the local anaesthetic. You will feel mild and strange pressure around the area during the procedure but no pain as the anaesthetic works to block all feelings of pain.
Patients describe the sensation of extraction as a pushing or pulling feeling without the associated pain.
6. After treatment care
As you just had something removed from your mouth, it is normal for the area to feel sore, swollen and have some small bleeding. Our Dentists will go through the instructions with you before you leave so that you can take care of yourself at home.
We highly stress that patients do not smoke, have alcohol, or do anything that may disturb the blood clot such as spitting (this will not allow the blood to clot properly which is important for healing). If you do not take care of the region well then this can lead to a dry socket, a reversible but painful condition which can take up to 14 days to recover.
To increase healing and recovery, it is best to eat soft food and rest, making sure to also keep the area clean by rinsing with warm salty water after meals (do not rinse on the day – wait 24 hours) and take pain killers as needed/as recommended by our Dentists and oral surgeon.
7. Check in
Our lovely team provides Wisdom Tooth Removal to Werribee, Point Cook and surrounding suburb patients on a daily basis.
We are experts and on hand for you if any complications arise post surgery. Please call us on (03) 9748 7271 for bookings or assistance.