Wisdom Teeth Removal
Impacted wisdom teeth are common and can be safely and effectively removed in-chair under sedation or under local anaesthetic. We look after every aspect of your oral health and comfort during and post-procedure, providing optimal recovery time and minimal disruption to your busy life.
- IV Sedation (No pain, no memory)
- In-chair procedure
- Oral Surgeon and Anaesthetist looking after you
- Post-procedure care and pain relief
Wisdom Teeth Removal – 3 Step Process
First Step is a consultation appointment with Dr Pulvirenti. A few days before your wisdom teeth are removed your Anaesthetist will contact you to discuss the procedure and care arrangements on the day.
You may choose to have your wisdom teeth removed under local anaesthetic and the dentist will discuss this process and your post-procedure care with you. Same day emergency wisdom teeth removal under local anaesthetic is available.
Second Step is the removal of your wisdom teeth under IV sedation. You will be made comfortable and fully sedated by your Anaesthetist prior to the surgery. You will be given pain-management medication prior to waking up and you will be ready to go home with your carer approximately one hour after the procedure is completed.
Third Step is a post-procedure appointment two weeks later to review your healing.
Length of Procedure
The removal of wisdom teeth will generally take 40 minutes under IV sedation, with 1 hour post-surgery recovery in-chair before you are ready to go home.
Recovery will depend on the individual but generally you should be ready to go back to work 2-5 days after the procedure. We will provide you with a script for appropriate pain-management medication should you require it, and with a medical certificate to cover the period of time you require off work.
Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Damage to surrounding teeth
By pushing up against the surrounding teeth on an angle an impacted wisdom tooth can increase the risk of cavities in both teeth, and create deep gum pockets that can not be cleaned.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause movement of the neighbouring second molars (12 year old molars), shifting their position in the mouth. This can cause further movement of the surrounding teeth that contributes to overcrowding of the front teeth.
The gum around a partially erupted wisdom tooth can become repeatedly infected. Infections can also occur under the gum line. Initial symptoms of infection can include pain, swelling and stiffness in the jaw that make it tender and very difficult to chew.
It is critical to treat any infection as soon as it occurs and the infection must be resolved before the wisdom teeth can be removed.
Causes of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are the third set, and last molars on the upper and lower sides of each jaw. They are the last set of permanent teeth to come through in an adult mouth and usually appear in your late teens to early twenties.
Insufficient space for wisdom teeth is a common issue. Without enough space to fully erupt through the gum the wisdom teeth become impacted. This is largely due to overcrowding by the surrounding teeth, the position of soft tissue (gum) or bone.
Studies have shown that the removal of impacted wisdom teeth earlier in life will lead to fewer complications and better healing times.
Wisdom Teeth and Invisalign
In some cases, wisdom teeth are removed to allow for the correction of spacing and alignment issues using Invisalign. If there is overcrowding or insufficient space to move teeth into the correct position, Dr Pulvirenti may recommend removing wisdom teeth to provide the best possible treatment outcome.
Wisdom teeth removal Brisbane
Impacted wisdom teeth affect patients throughout Brisbane and beyond, and can be incredibly painful. Although some find that theirs don’t cause dental problems and therefore don’t require any intervention, others struggle due to the pain. At Quality Dental, we provide wisdom teeth removal in Brisbane under IV sedation. While prioritising your comfort and safety at all times, we can remove your impacted wisdom teeth and help you lead a more comfortable life.
What are impacted wisdom teeth?
Impacted wisdom teeth are teeth that struggle to grow through your gums because a physical barrier is in their way. In some cases, they don’t produce any serious dental problems, instead causing a low and manageable level of pain. In others, the pain becomes severe and can leave you feeling distressed and miserable. Some impacted wisdom teeth have the potential to cause further issues, such as infection in the oral cavity, or damage and distortion to other teeth.
Although wisdom teeth provided an important function in our ancestors back down the evolutionary path, today they’re no longer necessary. As we’ve evolved to have smaller jaws, they no longer serve any purpose. While wisdom teeth won’t try to push through with all our patients, those who do experience impacted teeth can find them tricky to manage.
What does wisdom teeth removal involve?
Your first appointment will begin with a consultation. At this stage, your dentist may use imaging techniques such as x-rays to get a better view of where the teeth are and the barriers that are obstructing them. Afterwards, our anaesthetist may contact you to discuss your sedation options.
At your next appointment, we’ll remove your wisdom teeth. We’ll take your final consent for the procedure and your anaesthetist will further discuss the sedation with you. The Quality Dental team uses IV sedation for wisdom teeth removal in Brisbane, which means you won’t remember anything from the procedure after it’s finished. We recommend bringing someone with you to this appointment, as you’ll need help getting home. Once you come around from your sedation, you’ll receive ongoing pain relief, and you can usually leave after an hour.
Your final appointment will take place two weeks after your wisdom teeth removal procedure. This appointment is a chance for us to make sure everything is healing correctly. In some cases, we may provide you with antibiotics as a prophylactic guard against infection.
Why choose Quality Dental for wisdom teeth removal in Brisbane?
At Quality Dental, we understand that wisdom teeth removal in Brisbane can sometimes feel daunting. To offset this, we make every effort to assure your comfort. You’ll remain under the care of an oral surgeon and anaesthetist, your procedure will take place under IV sedation, and we’ll provide aftercare and support to help you recover swiftly. As an in-chair procedure, our approach to wisdom teeth removal in Brisbane also ensures you benefit from a comfortable environment that settles your nerves.
To learn more about our approach to wisdom teeth removal in Brisbane or to make an appointment, call us on (07) 3221 5855.