Wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth

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. In most cases, it is recommended that wisdom teeth be removed if they cause any problems.

Common problems caused by a wisdom tooth

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 to treat the current problem or to prevent the development of problems in the future.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Services at Dendy Village Dental, Brighton

In your initial consultation, we examine the current condition of your wisdom tooth and use x-rays to determine which wisdom 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 surgical information (pre-surgery and post-surgery) you require, including details about your anaesthetic and postoperative care.

Book a consultation

To book a wisdom tooth consultation, please call us on (03) 9592 0583 or book your dental appointment online with us by clicking on the button below. 

How long does wisdom tooth surgery take and how serious is wisdom tooth surgery?

Depending on the complexity, wisdom teeth procedures may take as little as a few minutes or up to 45 minutes for each tooth. 

What are the advantages and disadvantages of removing wisdom teeth? 

Removing wisdom teeth should only be considered if they are currently or have previously caused problems, or if they are likely to cause future problems. They should also be orientated in ways which will offer little to no assistance in chewing. Therefore, removing such wisdom teeth will not result in any appreciable loss of function. In general, patients should not worry about wisdom teeth pushing front teeth forward. Nor should they be concerned about faces appearing sunken in after removing them. It is not enjoyable having any surgical procedures performed, and the recovery can range from mild discomfort to sharp pain for more than two weeks. Complex procedures have their unique risks which need to be discussed with the treating dentist.

Is it safe to get all four wisdom teeth out at once?

Every Wisdom teeth procedure is different. A dentist will assess how many wisdom teeth can safely be removed during the procedure by factoring how confident the patient feels and how complicated the operation is. 

However, there are other advantages and disadvantages to consider. For example, the advantage of having wisdom teeth operation on only one side means the other side can be used for chewing. The disadvantage is that there will be two rounds of tooth removal recovery. It can be uncomfortable to have both sides operated on in one sitting, but the advantage is there will be only one round of recovery. For nervous patients, having less done in one sitting would be safer. For patients who are comfortable with enduring a more extended procedure, then having all of the wisdom teeth removed in one visit is safe.

Does my medical or dental insurance cover wisdom teeth extraction? 

It depends on your health insurance dental cover and the complexity of your procedure. Some wisdom teeth can be standard extractions, and some require complex processes. Basic insurance policies usually do not cover complex surgical methods but may cover standard surgical procedures. There are many policies out there. Therefore it is hard to generalise. It would be best to check with your health insurance provider before committing to wisdom teeth removal. 

What happens if you wait too long to get a wisdom tooth out? 

There is no hard and fast rule as to how long is too long. As a general rule of thumb, the older the patient, the more difficult the procedure because the teeth will be held in more firmly. Recovery will also likely be more strenuous. However, everyone is different, and there are patients over 60 who may experience very straightforward extractions and easy recoveries just as the opposite may occur. It should be considered that if the wisdom teeth are difficult to remove, recovery will already be strenuous. Waiting longer will only make this worse. Another thing to be considered is the pain and morbidity caused by regular and repeated flare-ups and swellings. For some patients, there is also the possibility of tooth decay on wisdom teeth rotting them down to gum levels which complicate the procedure.

 Is it better to be awake or asleep for wisdom tooth removal? 

For anyone who is anxious, having some sedation will help substantially with the procedure. However, patients who are feeling confident may not want to pay for the extra expense of going to a hospital or hiring a specialist anaesthetist. There are also risks and complications associated with sedation which can easily be avoided. Some patients may even be in high-risk categories which prevent them from being sedated. As long as the procedure is not overly complicated, then it is entirely up to the patient whether or not they prefer to be awake or asleep.