Wisdom Teeth Removal in Blackburn
Wisdom teeth removal can sound a bit scary, so we make it a priority at Whitehorse Dental to help all of our patients to go through the whole process smoothly.
Every person will have different circumstances that will impact their wisdom teeth removal. To make matters more complicated, not everyone will need their wisdom teeth out. Making the decision around what’s right for your dental health can be daunting. From assessment to costings to recovery time, we provide honest and transparent advice on what you can expect for your wisdom teeth.
At Whitehorse Dental, we value a preventative approach to wisdom teeth. This places importance on finding effective wisdom teeth treatments that’ll benefit you for the long term.
Read further to find out more about your wisdom teeth removal options, and how our Whitehorse Dental dentists make it the most comfortable experience possible for you.
What are my options for wisdom teeth removal?
Your options for wisdom teeth removal will depend on many individual factors. These can include:
- Which direction your wisdom teeth are growing
- How easy they are for you to clean
- Your age
- Any medical conditions
- Your overall dental health
- Lifestyle factors
On your first visit to Whitehorse Dental, our comprehensive dental examination will assess the status of your wisdom teeth. This dental exam will let you know whether or not you need your wisdom teeth out.
If you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, you have 2 main options: under general anaesthetic or in-chair wisdom teeth removal.
1. Wisdom teeth removal under general anaesthetic
General anaesthetic means a half day hospital procedure where you’re put to sleep. When you wake up, the wisdom teeth removal is all done. General anaesthetic is a great option for people with complex wisdom teeth situations, or for those who are highly anxious about the wisdom tooth removal procedure.
One downside to using general anaesthetic for wisdom teeth removal is that it can increase the cost of the procedure substantially. In addition to paying the dental surgeon, there is also the fee for the hospital bed and the anaesthetist. Nevertheless, wisdom teeth removal under General Anaesthetic is probably the ‘nicest’ way of having the procedure done as you’ll be asleep for the whole thing!
There are various private hospitals and dental surgeons that operate wisdom teeth removals across Melbourne suburbs. Our professional dentists at Whitehorse Dental can help you to arrange a general anaesthetic procedure that suits you.
2. In-chair wisdom teeth removal
In-chair removal of wisdom teeth uses local anaesthetic and is completed in the dental chair. In-chair wisdom teeth removal is a great option for those who are not too nervous about having work done on their teeth, or have wisdom teeth that are fairly straightforward to remove. Its benefit is that it’s significantly cheaper and quicker than using general anaesthetic.
To ensure a quick and comfortable procedure, we highly recommend using a dental surgeon who specialises in in-chair wisdom teeth removal.
One reason for this is that dental surgeons who primarily remove wisdom teeth for patients under general anaesthetic can often miss the needs of a patient who are awake in the dental chair. They can be rougher and may not prioritise patient comfort during the procedure.
Another reason is that inexperienced dental practitioners can take 3-4 hours to remove 4 wisdom teeth. A highly experienced dental surgeon takes on average only 40 minutes to remove 4 wisdom teeth! There are huge benefits with shorter wisdom teeth removal times for better healing and recovery, as well as less time spent in the dental chair.
At Whitehorse Dental, we complete in-chair wisdom teeth removals at our dentist practice in Blackburn. Our wisdom teeth specialist is highly experienced and gentle, placing patient comfort as our number one priority.
For all wisdom teeth removal, our expert dentists are happy to answer any questions you have. Contact us today.
My wisdom teeth hurt, what should I do?
If your wisdom teeth are causing you pain, book in to see your dentist ASAP. Home remedies unfortunately don’t provide you with effective pain relief, so it’s best to check your wisdom teeth with a dentist as soon as possible.
In the meantime before your dentist appointment, you can reduce the impact of wisdom teeth pain using salt water rinses. Rinsing your mouth with salt water 3-4 times a day (particularly after every meal) will help disinfect the area and assist in reducing the gum swelling.
Wisdom teeth become problematic when you’re not able to clean them properly. Left uncleaned, wisdom teeth end up accumulating nasty bacteria which eventually cause infections and pain. When your wisdom teeth hurt, it can feel very sore to brush them. But the more you avoid brushing the site of your wisdom teeth pain, the more infected it becomes, which subsequently causes more pain.
Therefore, try your best to brush the area as thoroughly as possible, even if they hurt or start bleeding. Cleaning the area of your painful wisdom teeth will encourage the infection to stop spreading.
If your wisdom teeth hurt, follow our tips to help manage the pain and infection, and don’t delay seeing a dentist. Book your appointment online now at Whitehorse Dental in Blackburn.