Wisdom Teeth Removal Sydney
Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removal Performed in Sydney
There isn’t one definite reason why people require wisdom teeth removal in Sydney. Sometimes, these teeth are removed because they cause pain and persistent problems. Other times, wisdom teeth are removed because they may only partially erupt and can be difficult to clean, leading to cavities or other oral health problems. In some cases, people want to have their wisdom teeth removed to avoid potential problems or long-term pain down the road.
If you are considering wisdom teeth removal, it is essential to talk to a professional to understand the full scope of the risks and benefits of this procedure.
If you are a young adult and suffering from significant pain, infection of the soft tissue or swelling in the back of your mouth and jaw, your wisdom teeth may be beginning to emerge — in that case, you should consider Sydney wisdom teeth removal. Thankfully, wisdom teeth and their removal are common standard procedures, occurring in approximately 65% of the population.
Not everyone’s wisdom teeth will require removal. However, depending on the size of your jaw, the angle of eruption, how far they emerged, the proximity to your nerves and your number of wisdom teeth (depending on genetic factors, people can have between 1 and 4) and your overall oral health, you may need yours extracted.
Consult our highly-qualified and experienced dentists at About Smiles to determine whether your wisdom teeth need removal.
The following are the typical situations when wisdom teeth extraction is advisable:
- When the teeth are impacted (unable to emerge from the gumline fully), or trapped, within your jaw and are unable to successfully emerge. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, infection and damage to adjacent teeth.
- Horizontal or angled growth that doesn’t align with your jaw and other teeth, meaning the potential to displace or damage nearby teeth. Wisdom teeth can push on the adjacent teeth and cause crowding. This can lead to discomfort, misalignment and difficulty cleaning teeth.
- When they partially emerge, it can create areas where the gum overhangs the tooth. This soft tissue easily captures food and is often difficult to clean, making it a breeding ground for bacteria and susceptibility to periodontal disease and infection.
Aside from the situations mentioned above, wisdom tooth extraction may also be necessary as a preventive measure for:
- Decay and gum disease — Wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean, leading to decay and gum disease. If left untreated, this can result in infection, pain and even bone loss.
- Cysts and tumours — Wisdom teeth may also develop cysts or tumours, which can cause damage to the surrounding bone and teeth.
Emergency wisdom teeth removal in Sydney
About Smiles is dedicated to offering dental care when needed, so if you have a dental emergency, we can help you on a same-day basis — after-hours appointments can be made until 7 pm on Thursdays and 4 pm on Saturdays.
Emergency dental surgery is critical because it can help to prevent more severe health problems. If a wisdom tooth is ready to be removed or becomes severely damaged or infected, it can lead to other issues such as pain, swelling and even fever. In some cases, emergency dental surgery may be the only way to treat severe infections or injuries. This can also help to improve the overall health of your mouth and teeth.
If you experience severe and persistent pain or exhibit symptoms like fever or difficulty swallowing, don’t hesitate. Contact us and make an appointment to be treated today.
Our Experience and Cutting-Edge Solutions
Based in Chatswood, Zetland, Eastgardens, Crows Nest and Circular Quay, our Sydney dental clinics are fully equipped with the latest technology, panoramic radiograph (OPG) and computer-controlled injection system (for maximum comfort) to perform safe and successful wisdom teeth removal in Sydney. We also provide dedicated recovery rooms for our patients to recuperate after surgery.
Our dental team is extensively experienced and well trained in the procedures necessary. Among our staff is a specialist periodontist who manages the more serious cases of impacted wisdom teeth, especially when surgical extraction is necessary. So you can rest easy knowing you are in capable hands.
Pain Management Options
We understand just how painful your wisdom teeth can be before surgery, and we have your well-being in mind when it comes to treatment and surgery. We offer three sedation options depending on the severity of your case:
- Local anaesthetic — A numbing agent invaluable to our wisdom teeth removals in Sydney and helps to relax tissue and prevent pain. Local anaesthetics are either injected or applied to the surface of the skin and work by numbing the nerves in the area to block pain signals from reaching the brain.
- Intravenous sedation (sleep dentistry) — This is used in more extreme cases to ensure you don’t feel any pain during your urgent procedure.
- General anaesthetic at a hospital — In some cases, you’ll need general anaesthetic to have the most comfortable and effective procedure for wisdom teeth removal in Sydney.
If you are experiencing significant wisdom teeth pain before surgery, there are a few things you can do at home to make the pain more manageable:
- Saltwater rinse — This can help reduce inflammation and promote healing. Mix a teaspoon of salt in warm water and rinse your mouth several times daily.
- Ice pack — You can use a cold compress or ice pack on the area where your wisdom teeth are causing discomfort. Applying this to the outside of your cheek for 15 to 20 minutes at a time can help relieve pain and swelling.
- Soft food diet — Foods that don’t require much effort to chew, such as soup, mashed potatoes or smoothies, are your best friends. Avoid hard, crunchy or spicy foods that may cause discomfort or irritate your gums. Consuming soft foods and liquids can help reduce the amount of pain you experience.
- Over-the-counter anaesthetic gels — Topical numbing gels such as Orajel may help to provide temporary relief for sore or painful gums. Apply the gel 10 to 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. This will give the gel time to take effect and reduce the pain associated with the extraction. Make sure to apply the gel only to the area where your wisdom tooth is located. Do not apply it to any other part of your mouth.
- Good oral hygiene — Brush and floss your teeth carefully to avoid irritating your gums and prevent infection.
- Warm compress — This may also help reduce pain and swelling. Place a warm, damp cloth on the outside of your cheek for 15 to 20 minutes at a time.
- Over-the-counter pain relievers — If the pain is severe, you may want to consider taking over-the-counter medication. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Aleve) can help manage pain and reduce inflammation. Follow the dosage instructions on the label or as directed by your healthcare provider.
Talk to your dentist if you have any questions or concerns about managing wisdom teeth pain before surgery — and to know more about wisdom teeth removal costs in Sydney.
About Smiles — Providing the best wisdom teeth removal in Sydney
At About Smiles, you’ll visit an all-in-one facility that’s focused on providing targeted dental care, all in one convenient location — with the most affordable wisdom teeth removal prices in Sydney.
We are here to help, so make sure to speak to one of our professionals to assess whether you need urgent dental care. Don’t forget, we also provide general dental help for children, along with cosmetic treatments for all patients — so if you or your child needs dental care now, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Why Choose About Smiles for Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Sydney
Going to a tried and tested and reputable dental care provider like About Smiles for wisdom tooth removal or any advanced dental procedures is important for several reasons:
- Safety — Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure that requires specialised knowledge and training. At About Smiles, our highly-trained and experienced dentists and oral surgeons no doubt have the necessary skills to perform the procedure safely, minimising the risk of complications such as infection or nerve damage.
- Proper diagnosis — Our team of hygienists, general dentists, children’s specialist dentists and in-house dental technicians will conduct a thorough examination and take appropriate diagnostic tests to determine if wisdom tooth removal is necessary in your case. They can also identify potential complications or underlying conditions affecting the procedure.
- Personalised treatment plan — At About Smiles, we will develop a personalised treatment plan based on your needs and preferences. Our trained specialists will also explain the procedure, discuss anaesthesia options, and provide pre- and post-surgical care instructions.
- Quality of care — We are committed to providing high-quality care using the latest techniques and technologies to ensure the best possible outcome for our patients.
- Follow-up care — You can rely on us to plan, oversee and execute your dental plan from start to finish. This includes providing follow-up care to monitor your healing and address any concerns or complications that may arise.
Choosing an established and reliable dental care provider like About Smiles for wisdom tooth removal can give you peace of mind and help ensure a safe and successful outcome.
We are happy to assist with a consultation to discuss the cost of wisdom teeth removal in Sydney and provide our professional opinion on your situation. Whatever the severity of your situation, don’t delay.
Our safe and experienced hands will guide you through the procedure at our modern Sydney clinics. Contact us today or call Chatswood (02) 9415 3555, Zetland (02) 9313 6388, Westfield Eastgardens (02) 8488 9994, Crows Nest (02) 8622 3900, Circular Quay.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
On average, wisdom tooth removal in Sydney can range from AUD225 to AUD1,600 per tooth. This price may include the initial consultation, extraction procedure and necessary follow-up appointments. It's also worth checking with your insurance provider to see what they cover since some dental insurance plans cover a portion of the cost of wisdom tooth extraction in Sydney.
At About Smiles, we make sure to give competitive pricing while maintaining high standards of safety, service and excellence. We provide interest-free payment plans for all orthodontic treatments, including wisdom tooth removal, invisible braces and conventional braces.
Typically, Medicare does not cover the cost of wisdom tooth extraction in Sydney as it is considered a dental procedure rather than a medical one. Only dental procedures considered medically necessary and conducted in a hospital setting, such as jaw surgery for a major injury or disease, are covered by Medicare.
In most cases, removing all four wisdom teeth at once is safe and healthy. Compared to removing them individually, this can even be a more efficient and cost-saving option.
However, there are some factors to consider when deciding whether to remove all four wisdom teeth at the same time. For example, if they are impacted and require more complicated extractions, it may be best to remove them in separate procedures to reduce the risk of complications and allow for a smoother recovery.
Discuss the risks and benefits of removing all four wisdom teeth with your dentist or oral surgeon to ensure your safety and determine what option works best for your specific case.
Generally, the initial recovery period lasts for about 7-10 days. This is when you may experience swelling, discomfort and some bleeding in the extraction site.
To ensure a smooth and quick recovery after your wisdom teeth extraction, follow the post-operative instructions provided by your dentist or oral surgeon and take note of the following don’ts:
- Don't use a straw — Using a straw can create a suction that can dislodge the blood clot from the extraction site and lead to complications such as a dry socket.
- Don't smoke — Smoking can dislodge the blood clot and increase the risk of infection and other complications that may hinder recovery.
- Don't rinse your mouth vigorously — Refrain from rinsing your mouth aggressively, as it can interfere with the formation of the blood clot and delay healing. Instead, gently rinse your mouth with salt water as directed by your dentist or oral surgeon.
- Don't eat hard or crunchy foods — To minimise pain, avoid irritation in the extraction site, decrease the risk of infection and allow the extraction site to heal, stick to soft, easy-to-chew foods for the first few days after the surgery.
- Don't engage in intense physical activity — Avoid heavy lifting or vigorous exercise for at least a few days after the extraction to give your body sufficient time to recover.
- Don't skip follow-up appointments — Attend all follow-up appointments with your dentist or oral surgeon to monitor the healing process and ensure that there are no complications.
Yes, you can brush your teeth after wisdom teeth removal. Here are some tips to remember:
- Wait a few hours and allow the anaesthesia to wear off before brushing your teeth
- Brush your teeth gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush and avoid brushing around the extraction site to avoid dislodging the blood clot
- To keep the tooth socket clean and aid its healing, rinse your mouth with salt water after brushing (as directed by your dentist or oral surgeon)
- Skip using mouthwash that contains alcohol or other harsh chemicals, as this can irritate the tooth socket and slow down the recovery process
Sleeping after wisdom teeth removal can be uncomfortable. Here are some guidelines to help you sleep better:
- Sleep with your head elevated by using an extra pillow or two to help reduce swelling and promote healing
- To relieve swelling or numb any pain or discomfort, apply an ice pack to your cheeks for 20 minutes at a time
- Don't sleep on your side or stomach; instead, sleep on your back. The former can put pressure on the extraction site and cause discomfort
- To help manage any pain or soreness, take your prescribed pain medication before going to bed
- Avoid drinking fluids for at least an hour before bed to minimise the need to get up to use the bathroom during the night
- If you have trouble breathing through your nose, a humidifier may be helpful to keep the air moist and reduce congestion