Wisdom teeth removal. Even just saying it sounds daunting. You will only ever hear the "bad" stories. It's like your local cafe; very rarely will anyone go out of their way to share a great review, but as soon as they have a negative experience, it can end up all over the internet.
The same can be said for wisdom tooth removals (or tooth extractions). People don't ever seem to talk about it if they have a good experience and, rest assured, some people do have a good experience. Myself included. Read on to find out everything you need to know.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the teeth that come through right at the back of your mouth. They are commonly known as your third molars OR your 8's in the dental world. Contrary to their name, wisdom teeth offer no extra wisdom but have historically been called wisdom teeth, as they come through at a more "mature" age. We generally see them coming through between 16 and 25 years of age, but that's not to say it won't happen later in life.
Why do you need to remove Wisdom Teeth?
At Waterways Dental, we aim to take a preventative approach to your oral health. Wisdom teeth will sometimes come through without causing any issues, meaning we can leave them and continue to monitor them at your six-monthly check-up appointments. Other times, there is not enough room in the mouth, and they will come through crooked or not entirely through at all (this is called "impacted").
When a tooth is out of alignment with the other teeth, it makes it a lot harder to clean and even more so when it is at the very back of your mouth. When you can't brush the tooth or floss between it and the one in front, you are susceptible to tartar and calculus build-up, putting you at risk of decay or periodontal issues.
When a wisdom tooth has only come partway through, it can cause a range of problems from food trapping and decay to abscess and swelling. All of which can be incredibly uncomfortable, and we want to avoid any swelling so close to your airways. When we can see that you are at risk of having your wisdom teeth cause problems, we recommend getting them removed.
Getting your wisdom teeth removed:
A step-by-step guide to having your wisdom teeth extracted:
- We get you in for a consultation to see exactly what it is that your wisdom teeth are doing.
- We will need a full jaw x-ray (or an OPG) to see where the wisdom teeth are in your jaw in relation to your other teeth and nerves.
- Your clinician will assess whether getting your wisdom teeth out is necessary and if so, whether it is something we can do for you or if we would need to refer you to an oral surgeon (if you want to have the teeth removed under a general anaesthetic or you have any major underlining health issues, we will refer you to an oral surgeon).
- If we can do your extractions in-house, we will go over all of the possible risks associated with having dental surgery and will provide you with a quote.
- We then book the appointment for you.
- On the day of your appointment, we ask that you have either breakfast or lunch (depending on the time of your appointment) before coming in to see us.
- We go over the risks again and have you sign a consent form.
- We make sure you are comfortable and numb, and then we remove your wisdom teeth.
- You spend the rest of the day at home, relaxing and taking it easy.
- We give you a follow-up call the following day to check on how you're doing.
What is recovery like after wisdom tooth removal?
Recovery is different for everyone and will vary depending on how straightforward your extraction is. We recommend taking the rest of the day easy, although some people may need a few extra days. We also advise you to have softer foods over the next couple of days (avoiding hard, crunchy bread or chewy steaks).
What will it cost to have my wisdom teeth removed?
Again, this will vary depending on how straightforward the extraction is. Sometimes wisdom teeth need a little extra coaxing. We offer a No Charge, Obligation Free Consultation for us to assess your Wisdom Teeth.
We have a great range of affordable payment plans and in certain circumstances can also help you access your Super.
If your Wisdom Teeth have been troubling you, call us today on 07 5572 6522 or book online.