Wisdom Teeth Removal

One of the most common causes of pain at the back of your mouth is your wisdom teeth! Unfortunately, there often isn’t enough room for all the teeth in our mouth to come through straight, so most patients who require their wisdom teeth to be removed do so between the ages of 18 and 25 (as the jawbone is often less dense and the procedure can be much simpler).

However, no matter your age, if you experience wisdom teeth pain, please contact On Track Dental for an assessment ASAP, and one of our dentists will advise you on the best course of action.

Usually, a full mouth x-ray (an OPG) will be required to assess the position of your wisdom teeth, how they are impacting on your other teeth and the jawbone, and the difficulty in removing them should they need to be removed. In complicated cases, an oral surgeon may be required to perform the removal of the wisdom teeth.

Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Hurt?

During the consultation with your dentist about removing your wisdom teeth, you will be given a choice on whether you wish to have the procedure done under local anaesthetic (in the dental chair) or under general anaesthesia (at the hospital).

If you have chosen to have general anaesthesia, then you will be asleep during the procedure and hence will not feel any discomfort. After the procedure is done and you are awake, there will be a post-op period of healing where painkillers and sometimes antibiotics will be required to get you through the next few days. Most patients will require to take a few days off work/school.

If you have chosen to have the procedure done under local anaesthesia, the dentist will ensure that you are completely numb in the area, and you will often only feel pressure (pushing and pulling), rather than any sharp pain. Some patients will require more local anaesthesia than others, especially in cases where the wisdom teeth are heavily infected.

Post-Op Instructions

  • Continue biting on the gauze for up to 30 minutes after the procedure is completed, as this will stop any bleeding out of the wound site. If there is still blood oozing out of the socket after 30 minutes, simply place another piece of gauze for another 20-30 minutes.
  • Most patients will require a few days off work/school, however this depends on the pain tolerances of each patient, and can vary significantly.
  • Avoid eating in the area of the extractions, as food can easily get stuck inside the sockets.
  • Take painkillers for the first few days as needed (this will be instructed by the dentist).
  • Do not rinse for the first 24 hours, however after 24 hours, feel free to do gentle salt water rinses about 2-3 times a day. It is important not to rinse too vigorously, as this may disrupt the blood clot inside the healing socket.
  • Any sutures placed should dissolve within 2 weeks. Sometimes, it can take longer than 2 weeks, however if they are severely irritating you, simply let our clinic know.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
You can choose whether you want to have your wisdom teeth extracted under local anaesthesia in the dental chair or under general anaesthesia at the hospital.

Interested in an assessment

of your wisdom teeth, during the consultation your dentist can answer any questions you have

Contact us on 03 9457 2347, or email us at webemail@ontrackdental.com.au, and simply state you’d like a Wisdom Teeth consultation, and we will handle the rest!

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