Wisdom Teeth Removal
What is wisdom tooth procedure and when you might benefit from it?
Around our late teens or early twenties, our wisdom teeth (also known as rear or third molars) begin to erupt. These teeth can sometimes cause overcrowding in the mouth, or can become impacted in the gum when there is not enough space in the jaw to accommodate them. At this time you might need to start looking into removing some or all of your wisdom teeth.
Common problems caused by wisdom teeth which you may need a immediate teeth removal procedure done, as the result, are as follow
- Overcrowding of teeth
- Damage to adjacent teeth
- Decay & gum infections
- Ulcers on the cheek
- Chewing problems
- Movement of other teeth
- Interference with your bite
Your dentist may recommend removal of your wisdom tooth in order to treat these or any other current problems or to simply prevent the development of problems in the future.
What happens during your wisdom tooth consultation?
In your initial consultation, we examine the current condition of your wisdom teeth and use x-rays to determine which teeth will be functional and which ones need to be removed. Once you are familiar and comfortable with our recommendation, we will provide you with all the pre- and post-surgical information you require, including details about your anaesthetic and postoperative care.
To book a wisdom teeth consultation, please call us on (03) 8608 8969.
1. How long does wisdom tooth surgery take and how serious is wisdom tooth surgery?
It depends on the patient’s situation and how complicated the surgery is. Wisdom tooth surgery can take as little as a few minutes or much longer.
Your dentist will take into consideration the following;
1) what the anatomy of the tooth is like(if the roots are curved or straight),
2) how big the tooth is,
3) how many roots in the wisdom tooth
4) if the wisdom tooth are close to other important anatomical structures,
5) how dense/hard the patient’s bone is,
6) how impacted the tooth is (how obstructed the tooth is) and
7) the patient’s health- if the patient has any other comorbidities etc.
The best-case scenario is that patients are happy and back to work the next day. The worst-case scenario- patient, will be swollen for a few weeks. At MC Dental, we recommend that you consult with one of the dentists. Your dentist will advise on how serious the surgery would be.
2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of removing wisdom teeth?
There are no standard advantages or disadvantages for removing a wisdom tooth. It really depends on the patient’s wisdom teeth placements and condition.
Patients who are not able to clean their teeth because they are impacted, for example if the wisdom tooth does not have space to come fully out into the mouth, or come out into the mouth in the right direction/orientation, removing wisdom teeth would be advantageous to the patient. It also helps patients improve their oral hygiene.
3. Why and when will you decide to remove a wisdom tooth?
The decision to remove wisdom teeth depends on several factors;
1) how the wisdom teeth are positioned in the patient’s jaw,
2) the patient’s age,
3) oral hygiene,
5) if the wisdom teeth are affecting the patient’s quality of life (causing the patient pain and discomfort), and
6) number of wisdom teeth.
Removing wisdom teeth is a case by case basis decision. Sometimes I will advise the patient to get their teeth out. However, other times, I will even advise against it. It just depends on the patient. It would be best to have a consultation and discussion so that the dentist can give you tailored advice best suited for your teeth.
4. Is it safe to get all four wisdom teeth out at once?
For some patients, it can be a safe option. It depends on all the factors previously mentioned. It would be best to consult a dentist, and the dentist can recommend the best way and sequence on how to remove your wisdom teeth.
5. Does my medical or dental insurance include wisdom teeth surgery?
Wisdom teeth surgery may not be included in the general dental cover. However, extras insurance, including dental, will cover extractions. If the extraction is complicated, you will need major dental cover in your extras health insurance to claim a health fund rebate. It would be best to contact your health insurance provider for clarification.
If you’re a student or pensioner without health insurance, you can get 15% off your dental treatment. You will need to show your valid student card at reception to claim an offer. Note, this offer is not in-conjunction with any other offer.
6. What happens if you wait too long to get wisdom teeth out?
Waiting too long when a dentist has advised you that you need to have a tooth removed for a good reason usually results in quite an unpleasant situation. You may experience some pain, discomfort, probably a dental emergency, and possible damage to other teeth adjacent to the wisdom teeth.
Suppose you’re lucky and your dentist has advised you do not need your wisdom teeth removed. In that case, you’re all good- continue to ask the dentist to check them every time you come for your regular 6-monthly check-up.
7. Is it better to be awake or asleep for wisdom teeth removal?
It depends on the patient. At MC Dental, we do all our procedures in-chair under local anaesthetic. However, if the patient is nervous, we can offer various options to alleviate their anxiety. The patient can discuss the best method for wisdom teeth removal during the initial consultation with a dentist.
If you would like to discuss your wisdom teeth options with Dr Jenny (Fang Yu) Liu or an MC Dental surgeon, please call MC Dental on 8608-8968 or book a consultation online by clicking on the booking button below.