Wisdom teeth removal
Are your wisdom teeth causing you pain? At d-spa, our experienced dentists use modern surgical and anaesthetic techniques to remove* wisdom teeth that are trapped in your gums, crowding your teeth or may cause problems in the future.
Book a consultation to discuss wisdom teeth removal with our Melbourne dentists at 2 Collins Street, 538 Collins Street or Toorak Road, South Yarra. Call us on (03) 9650 0870 or book an appointment online.
Who needs wisdom teeth removal?
Your wisdom teeth are located at the back of your mouth and are the last teeth to erupt in the gums. Most people’s wisdom teeth appear between the ages of 17 and 25, and most of the time they don’t cause problems. However, problems can occur if a wisdom tooth remains below the gum surface (impacted), if it pushes against your other teeth, or if there isn’t enough space in your mouth, which can cause crowding.
Wisdom teeth are not necessary for oral health. If you feel any pain or discomfort from your wisdom teeth, or if we notice any problems during your regular check-up, we’ll recommend that you have them removed.
We may also recommend early wisdom teeth removal for younger patients if there’s a risk that your wisdom teeth may cause problems later in life. Wisdom tooth removal may also be recommended if you’re having orthodontic treatment.
How are wisdom teeth removed?
We’ll explain what’s involved in wisdom teeth removal during your consultation, so you can decide if it’s the right choice for you. As well as using local anaesthetic to numb pain, we can offer more sedation options for anxious patients to help you feel calm and relaxed during the procedure.
If your wisdom teeth have already erupted, we may be able to perform a simple extraction and gently remove them using forceps. If your wisdom tooth is impacted in your gum however, we’ll need to perform oral surgery to open the gum and access the tooth, which may need to be removed in pieces.
Wisdom tooth removal is easier with younger patients, as the tooth roots haven’t yet fully formed and the surrounding bone is softer. The procedure has a greater risk of complications for older patients, including damage to nerves, bones and other teeth, but our experienced Melbourne dentists use the latest technologies to plan your treatment and minimise these risks.
Your mouth will take some time to heal after a wisdom tooth is removed. You won’t usually feel pain, but you may experience some discomfort or swelling, which can be managed by applying ice or taking pain relief and anti-inflammatory medication.
We recommend that you avoid hard, crunchy and sticky foods for a few days, don’t smoke, and drink plenty of water. You should resume brushing and flossing your teeth the day after the treatment, taking care to brush gently around the treated area.
If you continue to experience pain, swelling, bleeding or other unexpected symptoms after a few days, call us on (03) 9650 0870 to make an emergency appointment at one of our Melbourne clinics.
Have you had a dental emergency?
If you have a dental emergency—either severe pain requiring root canal (also known as endondontic treatment) or a lost tooth—call our surgery straight away and we’ll do our best to find a time to see you.