Oakleigh’s first choice for wisdom teeth removal
At our Oakleigh dental clinic, you can get your wisdom teeth removed in the calm environment of our modern dental clinic. Our experienced dentists keep you involved in all aspects of the procedure and keep your comfort and safety their highest priority.
We see patients from all over Melbourne for wisdom teeth extraction, and our Principal Dentist has particular skill in this sometimes complicated area of dentistry.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars. They are the last set of teeth to appear and generally erupt between the ages of 17 to 25. In prehistoric times, humans ate more raw foods, which required extra chewing. As a result, the third molars, or wisdom teeth, were very helpful.
However, as we eat cooked foods more frequently in our modern society, we’ve lost the need for more chewing power.
For some people, wisdom teeth never appear. Some people experience no issues when their wisdom teeth erupt.
However, some people may have problems when their wisdom teeth appear, so they need to consider wisdom teeth removal.
Wisdom teeth problems
When wisdom teeth don’t have enough room to develop or erupt, they can become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth appear in various situations and can cause pain and trauma of the overlying gums when the teeth are partially exposed.
The wisdom tooth could be tilted at an angle, causing food to become trapped. The following symptoms coming out from impacted wisdom teeth include:
- existing teeth becoming misaligned
- gum inflammation or infection
- bite abnormalities
- severe jaw pain
- swollen lymph nodes or glands
- difficulty swallowing
If you are experiencing pain with wisdom teeth, use ibuprofen and gargle with warm salt water to soothe the area. Contact us as soon as possible to arrange an examination.
Do I need my wisdom teeth removed?
To determine if you need wisdom teeth extracted, we will perform an OPG (orthopantomogram). This special X-ray shows a wide view of the lower face, displaying both the teeth of the upper and lower jaws in one shot.
Our dentist will be able to see if the wisdom teeth are in a favourable position to erupt. The OPG will also show crowding or impacted teeth.
If you’re experiencing pain, sometimes it can be hard to work out if your pain is due to wisdom teeth trouble or another dental concern (such as decay). The OPG will provide your dentist with a definitive view, as well as showing crowded or impacted teeth. In addition, the OPG scan will allow your dentist to see if the wisdom teeth even need extraction, as they could be in a favourable position.
The wisdom teeth extraction procedure
You’ve come to our Oakleigh clinic for wisdom teeth removal, following your initial OPG scan. Our dentist uses the scan to work out the best approach to take. For standard cases, we perform the procedure right here in our surgery.
In the chair
We apply a local anaesthetic to the area. Then expect the removal of each tooth to take between 5 to 20 minutes.
Some patients may experience slight discomfort, swelling, and bruising as the anaesthetic wears off. However, after 3-4 days, all swelling, bruising and discomfort will have ceased.
We may recommend you take paracetamol or ibuprofen to relieve pain, and we often recommend applying an ice pack around your cheeks to reduce swelling.
We may prescribe antibiotics to some patients to prevent infection, and it’s important to finish the whole course.
For the first 24 hours, avoid:
- drinking alcohol
- rinsing your mouth
- drinking hot liquids (including soup)
- vigorous physical activity.
For the first 24-48 hours after your procedure, you should:
- be careful when brushing your teeth at the site of surgery
- eat a diet of soft, easy-to-chew food
- drink plenty of water.
Is it difficult to have wisdom teeth removed?
It depends on the case. Some can be very easy, while some may require an oral surgeon. We will carefully X-ray and examine your mouth to determine the best approach. If we think the tooth is too difficult to safely remove ourselves, we will refer you to a trusted oral surgeon we believe can do the job.
Why choose our Oakleigh dental clinic for wisdom teeth extraction?
When you come to our Oakleigh practice for dental care, you will receive detailed attention and a caring approach. Having wisdom teeth removed is no different. We take the time to look at all aspects of the procedure and involve you at every step.
Our dentists practise patient-centred dentistry, where your safety and comfort are our top priorities.
Our fully equipped, modern practice is easy to get to, with easy parking and transport options available.
To learn more about painless and comfortable wisdom teeth extraction, please contact us to book your appointment.