What are my options for wisdom tooth removal?

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Wisdom ToothIf it’s time for a pesky wisdom tooth to be removed, you’ve probably been presented with a range of options to have them out.

Sometimes the options can be confusing, so the more questions you ask and the more you understand your options, the more comfortable you will be about making a decision.

At Smile Solutions, your Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon will always talk to you about your options and give you their recommendation for your wisdom tooth removal. This is based on the presentation of your wisdom tooth and the difficulty and risk of the procedure. However, it will always be up to you to make the final decision of how to proceed.

It’s important to fully understand your options. Some of the options your Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon may discuss with you are:

Removal under local anaesthetic

You’ll be awake and aware of everything happening around you, but the area the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon works with will be completely numb. You may still feel pressure placed around the area.

The procedure will take place in the dental chair, in the dental clinic. The local anaesthetic will be administered by a Smile Solutions specialist anaesthetist and you will be monitored by them throughout the procedure.

Removal under local anaesthetic with sedation (sleep dentistry)

A sedative in combination with a local anaesthetic will put you in a drowsy, dream-like state for the duration of your procedure. You won’t really be aware of what’s happening around you but you’ll be able to respond if asked questions.

The procedure will take place in the dental chair, in the dental clinic. Many people say they are not able to remember the procedure after it’s done. The sedation and local anaesthetic will be carried our by a Smile Solutions specialist anaesthetist and you will be constantly monitored throughout your procedure.

Removal under general anaesthetic

The removal of your wisdom tooth will take place in hospital, under surgical conditions. You will be given a choice of hospital and be admitted to day surgery. During your admittance you will receive all the care and procedure of a usual hospital visit.

A specialist anaesthetist will carry out the administration of general anaesthetic and you will be constantly monitored throughout your procedure. Your Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon will perform the removal surgery. After the administration of anaesthetic, you will have no recollection of the procedure.

Everyone who has their wisdom teeth removed has a different preference, and it’s up to you, in discussion with your Oral and Maxilliofacial Surgeon to decide.

It’s important to take into account the difficulty of the extraction, what you’re comfortable with, treatment costs, and your level of private health insurance.

No matter where or under what conditions you have your wisdom tooth out; you’ll always receive a high level of specialised care from the Smile Solutions team.

If you have a wisdom tooth that is causing you problems, the first step to having it assessed is to make an appointment with your general dentist. Or, if you have a referral and would like a consultation with a Smile Solutions Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon, call the friendly team at Smile Solutions reception on 9650 4920.

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