Wisdom Teeth Removal

Your wisdom teeth are the last adult teeth to appear, usually during the late teens or early 20s. They are the third set of molars to come through, and often, there is insufficient room for these teeth to erupt normally. Consequently, wisdom teeth can create problems by becoming impacted, where they get stuck underneath the adjacent teeth or may try to emerge sideways through the gum. Other times, a wisdom tooth may partially erupt, so it remains partly covered by gum and is very difficult to keep clean and more at risk of becoming infected. Wisdom teeth can also damage the adjacent teeth, causing issues with overcrowding and increasing the risk of these adjacent teeth becoming infected. When wisdom teeth cannot erupt properly, we do need to remove them.

Do Wisdom Teeth Always Cause Problems?

Some people will have no problems whatsoever as their wisdom teeth push through, and it is always useful to have another set of molars. Therefore, we do not automatically remove wisdom teeth but prefer to take a wait-and-see approach. We use digital dental x-rays to carefully monitor the position of wisdom teeth that have yet to erupt, assessing their position in the jawbone. Our dentist will only recommend removing these teeth if it is clear they will not erupt properly. It is preferable to remove wisdom teeth while you are younger because they are easier to remove at this stage. However, there is no upper age limit as to when we can remove wisdom teeth.

What to Expect If You Need a Wisdom Tooth Removed?

If you need a wisdom tooth removed, there is no need to worry as we will ensure the procedure is as comfortable as possible. We also offer sedation for anyone who is a little nervous or who may need a more complicated wisdom tooth extraction. It doesn’t take very long to remove the tooth, but we make sure the area is completely numb before doing so. If the wisdom tooth has partially erupted, it is very easy to remove. Wisdom teeth stuck underneath the gums will take a little longer as we need to make a tiny opening in the jawbone to see the tooth. Often, we cut the wisdom tooth into smaller sections, so removing it is more comfortable for you.

It shouldn’t take very long to heal after having a wisdom tooth removed, and we will give you full instructions on how to care for your mouth afterwards and are always here to offer more advice and help if needed.

Symptoms that may require wisdom tooth extraction include

  • Partial eruption that causes impaction or overcrowding.
  • Chronic pain around the wisdom teeth due to trapped food and bacteria.
  • Shifting and movement of adjacent teeth caused by improperly erupted wisdom teeth.
  • Decay of adjacent teeth because of wisdom teeth location.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Aftercare

After your surgery, especially on the first day, you may feel like bleeding or more pain, but it is normal and part of the healing process. Here's what you can expect during your recovery:

  • Don’t eat hard food, and drink regular water.
  • Avoid solid food in the first 24 hours
  • Don’t smoke in the first 72 hours
  • Avoid brushing your teeth, spitting, or rinsing your mouth during the first 24 hours
  • Normally, it takes 10- 15 days to recover, so take care.
  • Rinse with warm salt water, which helps to reduce pain and swelling

Taking care of yourself during this time is crucial. Smilexcellence offers Wisdom Teeth Removal services in Richmond, Hobartville, Windsor, Clarendon, Kurmond, Wilberforce, and Yarramundi.

Cost of wisdom teeth extraction

The cost of wisdom teeth extraction in Australia can vary based on several factors. Let’s break it down:

  1. Simple Extractions at the Dentist:
    • These are a bit less complex wisdom tooth removal, which is possible in one visit to the doctor, and there is no need to be hospitalised
    • The cost average ranges from $150 to $200+ per tooth.
    • If you need local anesthesia, you must pay extra cost.
    • Additional charges may apply for consultations and X-rays.
  2. Complex Extractions in Hospital:
    • Complex wisdom tooth extractions require surgery in a hospital. It is performed by an oral surgeon under general anesthesia.
    • The cost for this type of extraction is significantly higher, ranging from $2,000 to $3,000+ per tooth.
  3. Extras Insurance:
    • You can cover it with extra insurance if your dentist performs the procedure.
    • Also, depending on your policy, it is possible that you may cover 60% to 100% of the cost, resulting in $0 to $80+ per tooth.
  4. Government Assistance:
    • Individuals are sometimes eligible for financial assistance through government-funded healthcare programs or subsidies. However, eligibility criteria and available support vary depending on income, age, and location.

The cost of wisdom teeth removal in Australia can range from $150 to $3,000 per tooth. It depends on the procedure, where you’re treated, and whether you have health insurance.

Remember that these are approximate figures, and actual costs may vary based on individual circumstances.

Smilexcellence offers Wisdom Teeth Removal services in Richmond, Hobartville, Windsor, Clarendon, Kurmond, Wilberforce, and Yarramundi. So why wait for a consultation with us?