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Wisdom Teeth Removal Brisbane

You might currently be experiencing discomfort or dental problems because of your wisdom teeth, or you might not even know if your wisdom teeth could cause any trouble in the future. Regardless of the situation, Albany Dental can help. We have an experienced team that can make the extraction process as simple as possible. Click here to make an appointment!

Types of wisdom teeth that need to be removed

Wisdom teeth belong to a group known as the molars, the teeth used for chewing that are found furthest back in the mouth. More specifically, wisdom teeth are the third molars – most people have first, second, and third molars. There are usually four wisdom teeth in a person’s mouth; in the upper (left and right) and lower (left and right) arches. They usually emerge during a person's early 20s or late teens.

Whatever your circumstances, our practice can tell you if removal is necessary and help you determine the best options for your needs. Book a consultation with one of our dentists by calling us on (07) 3264 9590.

Should you get your wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth don’t always cause problems early on, but they can eventually be the source of pain or other issues. Finding out whether or not they will be complications for you can be as easy as a simple x-ray. X-rays can help our practitioners determine whether they are erupted and growing toward neighbouring teeth, or impacted (which means they don’t have enough space to grow). Both overcrowding and impaction might mean you need to have the teeth removed.

More on impacted wisdom teeth

  • What are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

    A tooth that fails to emerge fully is known as an impacted tooth. This partial eruption of the wisdom tooth may be caused by insufficient space in the jaw for the tooth or its improper angulation. The impaction can either be partial or total. A totally impacted tooth refers to one that fails to break through the gums at all.

  • Partially Impacted Wisdom Teeth

    Basically, your teeth are partially impacted if they are visible in the mouth but do not have enough room to emerge all the way. For partially impacted wisdom teeth, removal is almost always necessary. Compared to fully impacted wisdom teeth, they are closer to the surface hence are easier to remove with lesser risk of damaging the underlying nerves. Partially erupted wisdom teeth are often more susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay as they present many cleaning difficulties. In fact, the dentist would usually recommend removal if the patient’s periodontal disease or decay is associated with a partially impacted wisdom tooth – even if there is sufficient space for it to emerge. In view of the above, you should only keep your wisdom teeth if they are healthy and if there is sufficient space.

Types of wisdom teeth impaction

There are many types of wisdom teeth impaction, and specific terms used in reference to the positioning of the impaction. For example, mesial impaction – also known as angular impaction – is based on the direction of the impacted wisdom teeth. This refers to the front-facing impacted tooth angling towards the front of mouth. If the tooth is facing in the opposite direction, angled towards the throat, it is known as a distal impaction. Horizontal impaction refers to the tooth angling sideways and vertical impaction describes the tooth angled towards the head.

Let’s take a summarised look at the different categories of impaction:

  • Vertical Impaction

    The formed tooth points towards the head, does not erupt fully through the gum line. Occurs in 38% of cases.

  • Mesioangular Impaction

    Most common type of impaction (44% of cases). Tooth angles forward – towards the front of the mouth.

  • Distoangular Impaction

    Tooth angled towards the back of the mouth. Occurs in 6% of cases.

  • Horizontal Impaction

    Tooth angled fully 90-degrees forward, growing into the roots of the second molar. Least common type of impaction; occurs only in 3% of cases.

  • Bony Impaction

    Another impaction category based on extent of encasing in the jawbone. Refers to the tooth that is completely encased in the jawbone.

  • Soft Tissue Impaction

    Occurs when the wisdom tooth has erupted out of the jawbone but not through the gum line.

Wisdom teeth removal cost

How much will wisdom teeth removal cost?

An initial consult for wisdom teeth is $99 or rebate only from your health insurance fund provide you have dental cover. The exam will last up to 30 minutes. Once this has been completed you will receive a quote for the proposed treatment. As there are significant variations from simple extractions to complex surgical cases it is not possible to give you an accurate idea of costs until an exam has been completed. Click here to arrange your consultation.

What should I expect when having my wisdom teeth extracted?

  • Before surgery

    You may need x-rays to help your practitioner determine exactly how many teeth should be removed (for many patients, only some wisdom teeth need to be removed).

    You and your practitioner will likely also discuss whether you should be under general or local anaesthetic. More intricate procedures often call for patients to be under general anaesthetic, which you’ll discuss with Albany Dental beforehand.

  • During surgery

    This depends on the specific circumstances of your extraction. Generally, the surgeon will create an incision in the gum and expose the tooth and bone. They are also likely to divide the tooth into sections to make it easier to extract, but sometimes they are able to remove it whole.

    After the tooth has been removed, we will clean the incision site and may also stitch the site to help you heal faster. Then, gauze is placed on the site to control bleeding.

  • After surgery

    In the post-operative stages, it’s important for you to rest and take pain medication when you need it. Typically, you should take at least a day to rest. You may experience swollen, sensitive gums. An ice pack can help with any discomfort or swelling. The following section will explain more about post-operative steps.

Sedation dentistry for anxious patients

In order to help ease your anxiety, we provide sedation options. Click here to find more information about IV sedation.

What should I do after my surgery?

As mentioned, you should rest after the extraction and use ice packs or pain medication to reduce swelling or discomfort.

You should avoid eating any hard foods, as well as hot, caffeinated, carbonated, or alcoholic beverages. Stay hydrated by drinking water, but don’t use a straw – the suction can cause problems.

  • Cleaning your teeth

    You can clean the rest of your teeth as normal, but take care to avoid the extraction site. Begin using a warm, salty mouthwash 24 hours after the surgery; rinse gently after meals and before bed for up to 5 days.

  • Preventing dry sockets

    Why should you avoid these types of foods, and even straws? One of the main reasons is to avoid developing a dry socket (or an alveolar osteitis). Extraction leaves a socket, or hole, where the tooth has been removed. A blood clot will form within this socket to protect the bone and nerves. If this clot is dislodged, the bone and nerves are exposed to air, food, liquid, and more, which can be extremely painful.

    Only a small percentage of patients experience a dry socket, and the problem is extremely treatable. However, it can be very painful and lead to infection, so it’s important to let us know if you’re suffering from any problems after your surgery.

    We can then clean the socket and fill it with a dressing or special paste, which will help the healing process. We can also prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection, or stronger pain medication if your usual over-the-counter pain reliever is not alleviating the discomfort.

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