Wisdom teeth removal in Melbourne
From our Essendon practice we offer affordable wisdom teeth extraction services. Our experienced team of Melbourne dentists can help guide you through the process giving you all the understanding and options available.
Our practice is prepared to deal with even the most complex cases. While many wisdom teeth extractions are done with a simple local anaesthetic, we offer a range of sedation options in our Essendon surgery as an alternative to hospital treatment. Of course we can preform oral surgery in a hospital under general anaesthesia as well.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are our third molars that most people develop and erupt normally between the ages of 18 and 24. It is common for wisdom teeth to be impacted, meaning there is no space for them to erupt.
The reasons for not having this space for wisdom teeth to erupt may be:
- Our soft diets do not cause sufficient wear on our other teeth.
- The lower jaw has not grown enough to accommodate the wisdom teeth.
What are the symptoms of wisdom teeth problems?
Wisdom teeth can cause problems and often need removal. There are several situations where removal is the best option.
Infection from impacted wisdom teeth
When an impacted wisdom tooth starts to push through the gums, an infection can start around the top of the tooth. Infection and inflammation (swollen red gums) can cause pain, swelling and jaw stiffness.
Wisdom teeth crowding
A wisdom tooth may push nearby teeth out of their correct position and may help to cause crowding of front teeth.
Cysts around wisdom teeth
Sacks of fluid called cysts can form around a wisdom tooth and may displace it. The cysts can destroy bone and damage other teeth and gums.
Damage to nearby molars by a wisdom tooth
An impacted wisdom tooth may keep pushing against the molars next to it. This often leads to a serious damage to both teeth.
What happens if you don’t get your wisdom teeth removed?
In some people, their wisdom teeth may have enough room to completely come through with no issues, and in others, they get impacted. Not removing these teeth can lead to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum infections. Nearby teeth can be damaged and the jawbone can also get affected if an impacted wisdom tooth forms a cyst.
Do I need all four wisdom teeth out?
The impacted tooth causing problems needs to be extracted but so does its opposing tooth. This is because teeth keep moving until they hit something. As the opposing tooth moves, it causes food and bacteria to accumulate around it. So having the opposing teeth out at the same time saves another future procedure and consequent healing time occurring twice.
How much does wisdom teeth removal cost?
An initial consultation is needed to assess the situation and give you options. An existing X-ray can be brought in if it is recent, or a new image can be taken at our practice.
The cost of this consultation appointment is $195.
During this appointment, all costs and options will be given to you. Further imaging may be required if needed and options and costs for this will be discussed at the time. The difficulty of the extraction is assessed and costs for the removal range between $220 to $550 per tooth.
What if I am scared or nervous?
This is perfectly normal and our team at FirstBite Dental will help reassure you and walk you through the steps involved.
- Most people will be fine removing their wisdom teeth in the chair while watching tv or listening to music.
- We offer Sleep Dentistry in our practice at an additional cost.
- A referral can also be organised to have the procedure done in a hospital setting with a general anaesthetic at an additional cost. This is where a general anaesthetic is used under the supervision of a dental anaesthesiologist. In Australia IV sedation can only be performed by a qualified anaesthesiologist.
Your FirstBite dentist can discuss your options with you. It is also important to know the complications associated with the procedure, so please ask. You can view our consent form here.
How long will it take to recover from having wisdom teeth removed?
Everyone responds differently, and will depend on the difficulty of the extraction. There will be swelling and mild discomfort for the first 48 to 72 hours. Your mouth may need a few weeks to recover, though most people are back to work and normal activities within a few days of the surgery.
There will be dietary requirements such as cold liquids and soft foods following a wisdom teeth removal procedure. Read our Wisdom Tooth Removal Survival Guide for more details.
What other things should I expect while having my wisdom teeth removed?
There are a lot of different things to weigh up when having your wisdom teeth removed, that is why we have written The Wisdom Tooth Removal Survival Guide. We hope we’ve made it quick and easy to read and hope it puts you at ease over the whole process.
All minor and major dental treatment has their own risks and benefits. The removal of wisdom teeth is a surgical or invasive procedure that carries risk if not done in a hygienic environment. FirstBite Dental is QIP Accredited which certifies that we have been assessed against six National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards, applicable to dentistry. Please seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified dental health practitioner.