Wisdom teeth removal can be daunting, so we make it a priority at to help our patients go through the whole process smoothly.
Every person will have different circumstances that will impact their wisdom teeth removal and not everyone will need their wisdom teeth out! From assessment to costings to recovery time, we provide honest and transparent advice on what you can expect for your wisdom teeth removal.
On this page:
- OPTIONS FOR WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL
- IN-CHAIR WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL
- WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL UNDER GENERAL ANAESTHETIC
- MY WISDOM TEETH HURT, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
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
Our First Visit 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 options:
IN-CHAIR WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL
Helps with: cost saving way to remove wisdom teeth
In-chair removal of wisdom teeth uses local anaesthetic and is completed in the dental chair. Its main benefit is that it’s significantly cheaper and quicker than using general anaesthetic.
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 30-40 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 provide wisdom teeth removal under local anaesthetic with a specialist who’s very experienced with dealing with awake patients. Our wisdom teeth specialist is highly experienced, quick and gentle, placing patient comfort as #1 priority.
WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL UNDER GENERAL ANAESTHETIC
Helps with: anxiety about teeth removal, complex wisdom teeth situations
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.
One downside to using general anaesthetic for wisdom teeth removal is that it can increase the cost of the procedure substantially. Costs include the dental surgeon, hospital bed and the anaesthetist. Nevertheless, wisdom teeth removal under General Anaesthetic is the ‘nicest’ way of having the procedure done as you’ll be asleep for the whole thing!
Private hospitals and dental surgeons across Melbourne suburbs operate wisdom teeth removals. Our professional dentists can help you to arrange a general anaesthetic procedure that suits you.
MY WISDOM TEETH HURT, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
If your wisdom teeth are causing you pain, book in to see us ASAP. Home remedies unfortunately don’t provide you with effective pain relief, so it’s best to book in with our dentists as soon as possible.
In the meantime, 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. Trying your best to brush your wisdom teeth, despite the pain or bleeding, will also aid in stopping further infection.
If your wisdom teeth hurt, don’t delay seeing a dentist.