WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL IN MELBOURNE
Wisdom teeth explained
Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure. Many people experience wisdom teeth pain and resulting complications when these teeth start to erupt during their late teens and early twenties. When these teeth begin to cause discomfort, removal is usually recommended. MC Dental provides detailed consultations that include a wisdom teeth x-ray to examine the condition of your teeth thoroughly. After your consultation, our highly experienced team will ascertain whether wisdom teeth extraction is recommended for you.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to appear and are aptly named because they signify the transition into early adulthood.
These teeth were once valuable assets to our ancestors, who required them to consume a rougher diet. As the human brain increased in size, it caused us to evolve shorter jaws with teeth set back further into our skulls. Some people never develop a complete set of wisdom teeth or are born without them altogether! Because many of us now lack the room to house these late-blooming teeth, they often erupt at odd angles, which can cause complications such as swelling or infection.
Signs that your wisdom teeth need to be removed
Pay attention to any pain or discomfort you might experience in your teeth and surrounding jaw area. Erupting wisdom teeth often cause painful complications such as tooth decay, inflammation, infections, overcrowding, and damage to adjacent teeth.
Below are some signs that it’s time to book an appointment and get your wisdom teeth checked out:
- Pain, throbbing, or stiffness in your mouth and jaw area
- Headaches and earaches
- Inflamed gums, bleeding gums, and ulcers
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing (interference with your bite)
How much does it cost to get Wisdom Teeth removed?
Before removing your wisdom teeth, you will need to book an initial consultation with us. During the consultation, a dental x-ray will be performed to decipher the condition of your teeth and check whether they require removal. A full mouth x-ray (OPG) shows all of your teeth, jawbones, and surrounding features, which is essential knowledge when assessing and planning wisdom teeth removal. The price for a dental x-ray is from $45 (which is in addition to the consultation fee).
If you choose to be asleep during the procedure, this will incur additional fees, as you will need to be referred to a specialist. An appropriate theatre will also need to be hired, allowing an anesthetist and theatre nurses to be present. A follow-up checkup may also be required.
Fees can vary for each clinic. For the most accurate and up-to-date quote, we recommend contacting your preferred clinic directly.
Wisdom Teeth Procedures – What Happens?
After your consultation, we will recommend whether or not you should have your wisdom teeth removed. Pre- and post-surgical information will also be provided to you. This will include anesthesia required during the procedure and any postoperative care you need to follow.
During the procedure, your mouth area will be numbed appropriately so you won’t feel a thing! Most patients are comfortable without anesthesia, but if you’re anxious about the procedure, you can choose to be sedated.
Wisdom Teeth Removal, Procedures and Cost in Melbourne – FAQs
Wisdom teeth extraction time varies depending on the individual. The more complicated the case, the longer it takes. On average, the extraction process typically takes about 30 to 90 minutes. Wisdom teeth removal is a commonly performed surgical procedure, during which your dentist will make sure you are pain-free.
While wisdom teeth extraction is typically considered safe, it’s important to be aware that complications can occur during or after the procedure. It’s normal to experience mild discomfort and swelling after the extraction. Some individuals may need to take a day or two off from work to recover comfortably.
While some wisdom teeth are securely attached to the jawbone and can be left undisturbed (regular x-rays are recommended for monitoring), there are certain drawbacks to consider. These teeth are often difficult to clean and their improper development can lead to potential risks such as infection and nerve damage. So opting for their removal can address these concerns.
The cons of wisdom teeth removal may involve the pain & discomfort after the surgery and possible complications such as dry socket. Please follow your dentist’s instruction for pain management and post-operative care to avoid complications.
In short, the answer is YES. Whether you’re experiencing pain from one or all of your wisdom teeth, it’s crucial to have a discussion with your dentist to determine if removing all four teeth at once is the best choice for you.
Waiting too long to get your wisdom teeth extracted can lead to potential complications, including:
- Swelling and bruising
- Allergic reaction
- Dry socket
- Retained roots
- Sinus problems
- Damage to teeth/jaw/ nerves
- Trismus (jaw stiffness).
Not addressing the removal of wisdom teeth in a timely manner can increase the risk of above complications, particularly infections. There is also a small risk of cyst formation.
You can take steps to reduce the pain of emerging wisdom teeth, such as OTC pain relief, Topical numbing gels, however, It’s crucial to consult with a dentist to evaluate the need for wisdom teeth removal and determine the best option for your specific situation.
Wisdom Teeth Removal – Pay Later – Zip Pay & Money
At MC Dental, many procedures (including wisdom teeth removal) are covered through Zip Pay and Zip Money. We even provide six months interest-free on Zip Money transactions over $1000.
Are you a student or a pensioner?
We offer a 15% discount to tertiary students and pensioners who don’t have private health insurance. Just present your student or pensioner card at the reception!
Book a Dental Wisdom Tooth Consultation Today!
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