Wisdom Teeth Removal

Same Day Wisdom Teeth Emergencies

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 one of our qualified dentists. 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

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.

Crowding

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.

Infection

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 Cronin may recommend removing wisdom teeth to provide the best possible treatment outcome.