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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom Teeth Removal
At MGA Dental we know that every person is different and so are their wisdom teeth. Call us today so we can have a chat about yours.

Affordable Wisdom Teeth Removal

The cost of having your wisdom teeth removed will vary from patient to patient. It will depend on factors such as how many wisdom teeth you need removed, whether the wisdom teeth are impacted or just decayed, whether you have health insurance or not and if you require local aesthetics or you need to be put under.

If you are lucky and your wisdom tooth has erupted in a normal position without decay and is being removed for precautionary reasons you could have it removed for around $200.

A rough estimate for having one wisdom tooth removed is around $250 to $400.

If your wisdom teeth are highly impacted, which means they are growing at an angle, into surrounding teeth, it will cost more. Because of the different types of impactions, it is difficult to give you a realistic estimate of what our dental services will cost until we have reviewed your x-rays.

If you have health insurance the cost of having your wisdom teeth removed could be nothing. Every insurance company has a different policy regarding the extent of coverage for a given surgical procedure. Our office staff will be more than happy to assist you with your insurance claims.

What are Wisdom teeth?

Third molars are commonly referred to as wisdom teeth. They are usually the last teeth to develop and are located in the back of your mouth, behind your second molars. Their development is usually completed between the middle teenage years and early twenties, a time traditionally associated with the onset of maturity and the attainment of wisdom, hence the name wisdom teeth.

Proactive approach to wisdom teeth removal

Often, significant damage has occurred before a patient experiences pain and becomes aware that a problem exists with one or more impacted or un-erupted wisdom teeth. At this stage, treatment can be more difficult and time-consuming to implement and a patient can also have a more difficult recovery. As a proponent of conservative dentistry, MGA Dental believes in proactively assessing wisdom tooth development and safely preventing problems before they start.

Our wisdom tooth extraction approach

After inspecting your mouth, jaws and x-ray films we can discuss the diagnosis with you. If the area around the tooth has been infected, the dentist may decide to delay surgery while the infection is treated. Even though a wisdom tooth has caused problems, it may settle down after it pushes through the gums. Your dentist may delay the surgery to see if the tooth stops causing problems.

At MGA dental we recommend getting your wisdom teeth extracted under local anaesthetic. You would be completely awake and fully aware of the procedure. Although this may sound scary, it is much safer and has a lot less complications than going under general anaesthetic.

If your wisdom teeth are likely to be complicated to remove, our dentist may refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to assess the teeth.

Below are some answers to FAQ regarding wisdom teeth. If we haven’t answered your question or you would like more information please contact us.

If there is adequate arch length and position of third molars is favourable, it is reasonable to watch them and guide them towards eruption.
For patients with inadequate arch length, the mid teen years are ideal for removal of wisdom teeth.

  • We can easily screen with a panoramic scan (whole mouth xray)
  • There is minimal root development so teeth are smaller
  • Periodontal problems are minimal – lower chance of gum swelling
  • Risks are significantly reduced
  • Surgery is uncomplicated and healing is improved
  • Patients are generally healthy

When wisdom teeth come through, have enough space and are healthy and properly positioned, they can be useful. In this situation the wisdom teeth are used for chewing and are considered a part of the normal dentition.

However, often this is not the case. In a large number of people wisdom teeth do not have enough room to come in to the normal bite, or they are simply tilting in the wrong direction. These wisdom teeth are called impacted and may have to be removed.

If left in the mouth, impacted wisdom teeth may damage neighbouring teeth, cause gum infections or even become infected themselves. Because the wisdom teeth are particularly hard to reach, it’s challenging to keep them clean, even for the most conscientious brushers and flossers.

Also, the gum tissue attaches to the wisdom teeth differently than other teeth, which adds another obstacle to oral hygiene in that area of the mouth. As a result, the wisdom teeth can become a gathering site for harmful bacteria. Infections in the oral cavity are a serious matter.

An infection that begins in the vicinity of the wisdom teeth can easily spread to nearby soft tissues or bony structures, causing gum disease and facial swelling. Ultimately, such an infection can even progress throughout the entire body.

Even if you are asymptomatic, or your wisdom teeth are not causing you any problems, you sometimes may still need to have them removed, because many harmful processes that can occur do not always have signs of pain. If you wait until an inflammation or an infection develops, it can complicate the removal procedure.

We will need to see you for a consultation to determine if you will benefit from wisdom tooth removal. A special x-ray of your mouth and jaws (OPG) will be taken to determine if your wisdom teeth are impacted, if there is room for them to erupt, and how difficult it will be to have them removed.

There are a number of different types of wisdom teeth impactions, some of which can cause more damage then others. Here are some examples of what wisdom teeth would look like if they had a distinguished personality.

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We will need to see you for a consultation so we can decide if you will benefit from wisdom tooth removal. At this time, the dentist will evaluate your medical status, explain the procedure of wisdom tooth removal and the post operative care.

The final assessment and diagnosis will be based on the results of a full mouth xray (OPG) which our dentist will refer you to have taken free of charge.

If you do not have enough room in your mouth for your third molars to fully erupt, a number of dental problems can arise:
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Infection – Without enough room for total eruption, the gum tissue around the wisdom tooth can become inflamed and infected (pericoronitis), resulting in recurrent pain, swelling, and problems with chewing and swallowing. In the case of pericoronitis, a deep clean under local anesthetic and a possible course of antibiotics may be required prior to removal of the wisdom teeth.

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Damage – If there is inadequate room to clean around the wisdom tooth,thetooth directly in front, the second molar, can be adversely affected, resulting in gum disease (bone loss) or dental decay (cavities).

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Disease – Non-infectious diseases can also arise in association with an impacted wisdom tooth. Cysts are fluid-filled balloons inside the jawbone which are associated with impacted wisdom teeth and slowly expand, destroying adjacent jawbone and occasionally teeth. They can be very difficult to treat if your wisdom teeth are not removed in your teenage years.

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Crowding – Although controversial, many dental professionals feel that impacted wisdom teeth directly contribute to crowding of your teeth. This is most noticeable in the front teeth, usually the lower front teeth, most commonly occurring after a patient has had braces. There are most likely a number of factors that cause teeth to crowd after braces or in early adulthood, but retained, impacted wisdom teeth may play a contributory role.

Anxiety is not uncommon among people needing their wisdom teeth extracted. This anxiety is mostly related to hearing of others bad experiences with excessive pain, swelling, and complications.

Our patients will be cared for by a group of affable staff members who take time to personally connect with each patient and allay their fears and concerns. Surgery is done conservatively, which minimizes or avoids swelling, pain and complications.

At MGA Dental, we understand pre treatment anxiety and offer pain-relief and sedation dentistry options to help make our wisdom teeth removal comfortable for even the most anxious patients.

Preoperative instructions:

  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing.
  • Clean you mouth and teeth as this will help avoid infections.
  • Do not ignore a head or chest cold when oral surgery is to be performed.Please call the office if you have any symptoms, as an appointment change may be necessary.
  • You may eat prior to our appointment, although you should still eat lightly. It is not necessary for somebody to accompany you to the office.

The procedure will take about 30 to 60 minutes. Recent advances in dental and medical field allow patients to undergo wisdom tooth removal in a manner, which promotes rapid healing and minimal post-operative discomfort.

When you arrive home, the local anesthesia will start to wear off and then you may have some discomfort. Please remember to take a Nurofen or Panadol as the local anesthesia is wearing off. If you find this is not adequate for pain, you may take the stronger pain medication we have prescribed. This stronger medication is usually Panadeine Forte.

  • The gauze placed over the surgical area should be kept in place for 20 minutes. This will help form initial blood clot.
  • Avoid mouth rinsing or touching the wound area following surgery. This can dislodge the blood clot that has formed and initiate bleeding.
  • Prescribed pain medication / antibiotics as required.
  • Limit your daily activities, do not do any heavy exercise or things that will increase your heart rate. You may resume normal activity when you feel comfortable to do so.

After the surgery, you will experience some bleeding and some pain. Each individual’s reaction to surgery varies, and the sensation of pain can range from mild discomfort to severe pain. You can expect approximately two to four days of discomfort before noting improvement.

Most of the time you will want to maintain a low profile for a few days. We ask that you follow your post-operative instructions closely. Doing so will make you more comfortable during the first few days following your procedure.

Pain – For severe pain, take the tablets prescribed as directed. Pain or discomfort following surgery should subside more and more every day. If pain persists, it may require attention and you should call the office.

Bleeding – Some bleeding for the first 24-48 hours after the surgery is normal. Some redness in the saliva or small amount of blood oozing from the socket is common. If the bleeding is heavier, there is no need to panic, just follow the postoperative instructions your dentist gave you.

Antibiotics – If you have been placed on antibiotics, take the tablets or liquid as directed. Antibiotics will be given to help prevent infection. Discontinue antibiotic use in the event of a rash or other unfavorable reaction.

Swelling – The amount of swelling that you may experience is generally proportional to the surgery involved. It is not uncommon and should not worry you. Most often the swelling will not become apparent until the day following surgery and will reach its maximum 2-3 days after the extractions.

Mild Bruising – In some cases, discoloration of the skin follows swelling. This is a normal post-operative occurrence, which may occur 2-3 days post-operatively.

Keep the mouth clean – No rinsing of any kind should be performed until the day after surgery. You can brush your teeth the night of surgery but rinse gently. The day after surgery you should begin rinsing at least 5-6 times a day especially after eating with a cup of warm water mixed with a teaspoon of salt.

Diet – Do not use straws. Drink from a glass. The sucking motion can cause more bleeding by dislodging the blood clot. You may eat anything soft by chewing away form the surgical sites.

Sutures – They are placed in the area of surgery to minimize post-operative bleeding and to help healing. Sometimes they can become dislodged and this is no cause for alarm. Just remove the suture form your mouth and discard it. There will be a cavity where the tooth was removed. The cavity will gradually fill in with the new tissue over the next month. In the mean time, the area should be kept clean especially after meals with salt-water rinses or a toothbrush.

As with any medical procedure, there can be complications or an unanticipated result.

Following are some minor complications which may occur soon after the surgery.

  • Slight elevation of temperature immediately following surgery is not uncommon. Panadol or Nurofen may be taken to reduce the fever.
  • Stiffness (Trimus) of the jaw muscles may cause difficulty in opening your mouth for a few days following surgery. This is a normal post-operative event which will resolve in time.
  • You should be careful going from the lying down position to standing. Taking pain medications can make you dizzy. You could get light headed when you stand up suddenly. Before standing up, you should sit for one minute then get up.
  • Sore throats and pain when swallowing are not uncommon. The muscles get swollen. The normal act of swallowing can then become painful. This will subside in 2-3 days.
  • If the corners of your mouth are stretched, they may dry out and crack. Your lips should be kept moist with an ointment such as vaseline.

Some of the more serious but uncommon complications that may be delayed in nature are listed below.

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