Why is wisdom teeth removal required?
Wisdom teeth are usually the last adult teeth to emerge, and can do so any time between the ages of 16 and 23.
They are the last set of molars and are located at the back of the mouth. It can sometimes be the case that the eruption of wisdom teeth leads to overcrowding in the mouth.
Wisdom teeth can become impacted which may cause infection, or they are prevented from emerging properly and remain partially covered by the gums.
How is wisdom teeth removal performed?
In order to extract impacted wisdom teeth, depending on the position of the tooth it may be necessary to make an incision in the gum tissue, exposing the tooth and bone and allowing us to remove any bone that is blocking the root. We can then extract the impacted tooth, and clean and stitch the wound.
The procedure can be performed under local anaesthetic, intravenous sedation or general anaesthetic. We will help you choose the option that is right for you.
When is the right time for wisdom teeth removal?
If you have been coming for regular dental checkups at our Morphett Vale dental practice, it is likely that we will have been able to identify when potential problems with your wisdom teeth might occur.
This will enable you to plan ahead and schedule your wisdom teeth removal at a time that is convenient for you, rather than waiting for them to become a problem and interrupting important work or study commitments.
Common questions about Wisdom Teeth Removal
Is wisdom teeth removal covered by private health insurance?
In most cases, private health insurance will cover some or all of the cost of wisdom teeth removal, depending on the level of extras cover you have.
Does it hurt when you have wisdom teeth removed?
There are a range of anaesthetic and sedation options available to you when you have wisdom teeth removed, and we always do all that we can in our south Adelaide surgery to ensure that the process is as pain- and stress-free as possible.
However, you should expect that there will be some pain and discomfort in the days that follow the procedure, although this is relatively simple to manage.
How long does it take to recover from wisdom teeth removal?
The recovery process is usually not very long or difficult, and if it is a straightforward extraction you will be well on the road to recovery the next day, with only some minor pain or discomfort that can be easily managed.
A more difficult extraction, however, can mean that it takes up to four weeks until you have fully recovered and have no feelings of discomfort. There might also be some bruising and swelling present in the days immediately following the procedure.
How many wisdom teeth can be removed at once?
If required, it can be possible to have all four wisdom teeth removed in one procedure.