Wisdom Teeth Removal
Treatment discussed in common sense languageSo you can easily understand all your treatment options with your wisdom teeth to make the best decision that suits you
You Choose: Dental Clinic or HospitalWe know that everyone is different and that they want their wisdom teeth removed differently so we offer the choice of treatment in the dental chair or under general anaesthetic at the day surgery next door so you can wake up and be done with it.
Follow-up CareWhen you leave our doors you’re not on your own.We keep in contact to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible and are available to you when you need us.
Compassionate StaffWe know its no easy task having treatment but we go above and beyond with welcoming, friendly and occasionally entertaining team to make it the most comfortable and supportive experience for you
What you need to know about wisdom tooth removal?
Wisdom Teeth Removal
What are wisdom teeth?Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars to come through, they can erupt from 16 years old to your early twenties.
How many wisdom teeth do I have?This varies, some people have no wisdom teeth whereas others can have all four wisdom teeth (sometimes even more)
Why do people get wisdom teeth taken out?Often the jaw is not of sufficient size to allow wisdom teeth to erupt fully and in alignment useful for chewing and crushing food.
Sometimes wisdom teeth can emerge only partially, allowing an opening for bacteria to enter around the tooth and cause infection. Pain,
swelling, jaw stiffness and general illness may follow.
Wisdom teeth can sometimes be poorly aligned and damage adjacent teeth, the jawbone or nerves
You can also develop fluid filled sacs called cysts (in some cases extraction will also be recommended to minimise the potential for cysts to form).These cysts can destroy surrounding teeth, jawbone and nerves, and if untreated a tumour may develop, requiring more complex surgery to remove
Will I be able to go back to work/school the next day?This will depend on several factors. Some wisdom teeth can be removed more easily than others and so patients will recover more quickly.
Your surgeon will discuss your individual case and give you a clear idea of how much time off work or school would be anticipated.
What can I expect following the extraction?Your gums and jaw may be sore and there may be some bleeding for a few days. You will be advised you about the specific measures
you should take following the extraction and management of post-procedure pain.
How are wisdom teeth removed (Do I need to be asleep)?Depending on your particular circumstances, including positioning of your teeth and complexity of your case, your dentist or oral surgeon
will advise whether the extraction is to be performed using a local anaesthetic, or under a general anaesthetic (being asleep).
A wisdom tooth that is fully erupted through the gum can usually be extracted with the same ease as any other tooth. However, where the
tooth is underneath the gums and embedded in the jawbone, an incision in the gum and removal of bone lying over the tooth is required.
Who can remove my wisdom teeth?All dentists are trained in removal of teeth, however sometimes you may need to be referred to someone who has had specialist training like us who can remove your wisdom teeth for you.
“The staff were so lovely helpful when I was so nervous and a hundred questions.They called to make sure I was ok after, I had never had anyone do that before.I could tell they really cared.
What is a dental extraction or tooth removal?
A dental extraction is the permanent removal of a tooth from its socket in the jawbone.
Why is a dental extraction performed?
Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Some teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), they may be an extra tooth or may need to be removed before orthodontic treatment.
Are some tooth extractions more difficult than others?
Sometimes tooth removal is routine where it is easily visible, can be grasped by forceps and comes out in one piece. Some teeth may require more of a surgical procedure because they may be underneath gum and bone. They may have to be removed in pieces and some of the surrounding bone might need to be removed as well.
What does it feel like having a tooth extracted?
At the time of extraction tooth, jawbone and gums that surround the area are numbed with a local anaesthetic. During the extraction process you will feel a lot of pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal. You will feel the pressure without pain as the nerves that transfer pain have been numbed but the nerves that transmit pressure are not really affected.
Are teeth extracted in the dental chair or hospital?
We know that everyone is different and that they want their teeth removed differently so we offer the choice of treatment n the dental chair or under general anaesthetic at the day surgery next door so you can wake up and be done with it if that what you would prefer.
Am I on my own after my tooth is taken out?
When you leave our doors you’re not on your own we keep in contact to makesure you’re as comfortable as possible and are available to you when you need us.
Your Guide to Tooth Extraction
Oral pathology / oral medicine is a specialty area of dentistry that is concerned with the health of the mouth and the diagnosis and management of diseases of the oral region.
It’s not about teeth and gumsAs part of your dental checkup your dentist will look in your mouth for abnormalities in your cheeks, tongue,roof of your mouth, lips and all those other areas in your mouth.
What’s normal?There is a whole range of normal looks like but tissues in the mouth can change and swellings can develop,white areas, red areas, ulcers, pigmented areas. Often you are not even aware they are there. Some of these area require treatment but first we need to confirm exactly what it is by taking a sample (Biopsy).
Whats is a biopsy?A biopsy involves the removal of the area of tissue that we have concerns about either completely removing it or just taking a little bit so we can send it to the lab and they can look at it under microscope.
What is the purpose of a biopsy?Well after the sample is looked at under a microscope we can then identify exactly what the sample is and can diagnose any disease and then move forward with management and treatment.
Bone SurgerySome patients who require dentures will need to undergo simple bone surgery to reduce prominent areas of bone, often in the region at the floor of the mouth, below the tongue or near the
cheek area. These areas of prominent bone are called exostosis or tori and can get in the way of a nicely fitting denture. We are able to perform a short simple procedure to reduce these tori and
allow for a comfortably fitted denture.
What is a tongue tie?With tongue-tie the lingual frenum which tethers the bottom of the tongue’s tip to the floor of the mouth is unusually short and may restrict the tongue’s range of motion.
Whats wrong with a tongue tie?A person who has tongue-tie might have difficulty sticking out his or her tongue.Tongue-tie can also affect the way a child eats, speaks and swallows, as well as interfere with breast-feeding.
Will a tongue tie just disappear?Sometimes the lingual frenulum loosens over time and tongue-tie resolves on its own.In other cases, tongue-tie persists without causing problems.
What do you do about a tongue tie?If necessary, tongue-tie can be treated with a simple surgical procedure called a frenoctomy.Which has very few complications and can be carried out in the dental clinic easily under local anaestheic.
Are frenectomies done in other areas in the mouth?There is also a frenum that tethers your upper lip to your upper jaw right above your front teeth. Sometimes this can create a gap between your front teeth and maybe done here for aesthetics.
Like I say when I am teaching dental students,you treat patients like you would your family member….