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 are:
- 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.
Wisdom teeth infection
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.
Sacks of fluid called cysts can form around the tooth and may displace the tooth. The cysts can destroy bone and damage other teeth and gums.
Damage to nearby molars
An impacted wisdom tooth may keep pushing against the molars next to it. This often leads to a serious damage to both teeth.
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.
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.
What is the process and costs for removal?
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 at an additional cost.
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.
All minor and major dental treatment has their own risks and benefits. Please seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified dental practitioner.