What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third and last molars on the left and right sides of the upper and lower jaws. They are the eighth tooth on each side and normally appear and erupt when we are in our late teens to early twenties.
What should I do if I need my wisdom teeth removed?
Give our friendly reception team at Smile Solutions a call on 13 13 96. They will then arrange a consultation with one of our highly trained clinicians to assess you for wisdom teeth extraction.
At your first visit a clinical assessment of your wisdom teeth will be carried out. Normally a specialised X-ray called an OPG, or in more complex cases a three-dimensional scan called a CBCT, is arranged. This will give your clinician a better indication of where your wisdom teeth are placed in your jaw, and she or he will then be able to give you a clear picture of what to expect during and after the surgery.
At Smile Solutions, we aim to ensure that wisdom tooth removal is a relatively simple procedure. Your wisdom teeth extraction will be arranged with a suitably qualified member of our team, in accordance with the complexity of your case.
Why may I need to see a specialist for wisdom teeth removal?
Wisdom teeth can erupt in lots of different positions, with differing levels of complexity associated with their removal. They can even be buried deep in the jawbone or in close proximity to facial structures such as nerves or sinuses.
While many removal procedures can be carried out by a general dentist, in these more complex cases a specialist oral & maxillofacial surgeon will become involved so as to make the process as effective and risk free as possible.
What does the procedure for wisdom tooth removal involve?
At your initial consultation with your Smile Solutions dentist or specialist, you will have been given a clear indication of what to expect and the likely length of the procedure. The options for how the wisdom teeth are removed will be discussed in detail and of course your personal preferences will be taken into account.
Removal of the tooth/teeth can in many cases be carried out under local anaesthesia (the same as the anaesthesia used for a filling). If you are nervous about the procedure, sedation or sleep dentistry can be arranged.
The procedure is generally carried out in the dental chair. However, if your case is more complex you may be booked in for day surgery with a general anaesthesia in a hospital.
What should I do after I have my wisdom teeth removed?
A small amount of bleeding, some discomfort and a little bruising are all normal after wisdom teeth removal, but most patients recover fully from all of these.
Recovery time after this kind of extraction varies from person to person and also depends on the complexity of the case. For a simple tooth removal, recovery time can be as short as 24 hours but in more difficult cases it can take up to a week.
Our excellent team will give you clear instructions on the day as to how to look after yourself following surgery, and we are always on hand for any post-operative care if you have any problems.
Generally your dentist or surgeon will arrange a follow-up appointment with you to check that you are healing well.