What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Our wisdom teeth, also known as our third molars usually do not erupt until our late teens or early  twenties. They are the last teeth to come through the gums.

Most people do not have enough space in their jaw for their wisdom tooth to erupt and fit to our bite – often they are wedged between the angle of the jaw and the erupted toot beside it, this is known as an “impacted” wisdom tooth.

What Can I Expect At My Wisdom Tooth Consultation At Dentists & Doctors?

It is recommended that an impacted wisdom tooth or one which is causing problems should be removed as soon as possible before the problem gets worse.

At Dentists & Doctors we are pleased to offer the latest in 3D digital technology, with our in house CBCT (3D X rays) we are able to accurately assess the position of your wisdom teeth and show you in real time any areas of concern.

Your dentist will complete a thorough examination, take necessary photographs and x rays and discuss your wisdom tooth dental surgery in geelong.

For our anxious patients, Dentists & Doctors offer the following services to provide you with comfort and confidence throughout your surgery

  •  Nitrious oxide (Happy gas)
  •  IV Sedation (Twilight sedation)
  •  General Anaesthetic (Sleep dentistry)

Problems Caused By Impacted Wisdom Teeth

An impacted wisdom tooth can cause more problems besides pain, they include

1. Infection  
When an impacted wisdom tooth starts to erupt through the gums an infection can occur around the top of the tooth. Infection and swelling of the gums can cause increased pain and discomfort as well as bad breath and taste in the mouth. You may also find it difficult to swallow and feel unwell.

2. Food trap
When food becomes trapped between the wisdom tooth and the tooth beside it this creates the perfect environment for tooth decay to occur.

3. Ulcer
An erupting wisdom tooth which is impacted often erupts into the mouth at an odd angle – this can cause an ulcer to form on the inside of our cheeks, tongue or gum on the opposing arch.

4. Cyst
If removal of wisdom teeth does not occur in a timely manner, a cyst can form around the tooth and move it. A cyst is a sac of fluid which can destroy bone and damage surrounding teeth and gums. A cyst formation around unerupted teeth is common.

5. Resorption Cavity
A tooth usually erupts and pushes through the gums and into the mouth in a straight path. If the tooth is impacted the pushing action is not straight through the gums and out into the mouth but rather in the direction of the position of the impacted tooth. This pushing action can cause a resorption cavity to the tooth beside it – this can lead to serious damage and loss of both the wisdom tooth and the affected tooth.

How Will My Wisdom Tooth Be Removed?

Each patient is unique, which is why we take a personalised approach to your dental surgery care. Our dentists will discuss the positioning of your wisdom teeth and the urgency of your wisdom teeth surgery. All X rays and photographs will be shown and discussed with you as well as your treatment plan – considering the level of anxiety you may, At Dentists & Doctors we have the option of dental sedation to provide you ease and comfort throughout your wisdom teeth removal.

It is common to have your wisdom teeth surgery done in the dental chair with local anaesthetic. Local anaesthetic will numb the gums, surrounding soft tissue near the wisdom tooth and the lip. Your dentist will not proceed with the treatment until adequate anaesthesia is gained and you are feeling completely numb.

Depending on the position of your wisdom tooth, our dentist may need to make an incision to open your gums to improve access whilst removing your wisdom tooth. An impacted tooth may require a small portion of bone surrounding the tooth to be removed and divide it into segments – this is so we can remove your wisdom tooth easily and safely. Your gums will be closed using stiches which will be removed by your dentist approximately 10-14 days after your procedure – this appointment will also be used to check the healing of you gums and soft tissue following the extraction.

What Should I Do After My Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

Following the removal of your wisdom tooth/teeth we advise you

  •  Rest at home after the surgery
  •  Do not smoke for the next 24-48 hours
  •  Not to drive, engage in active exercise or operate heavy machinery
  •  Take several days off work, school or other duties
  •  Do not drink alcoholic drinks whilst you are taking antibiotics or pain medication
  •  Eat soft foods such as room temperature soups, pasta, rice, yoghurt and jelly for the first two days
  •  Drink plenty of water

Depending on the complexity of your wisdom teeth surgery, pain should subside within 2 -3 days following the surgery, however it is normal if you require pain relief one week after your wisdom tooth removal.

Your dentist in Geelong will ensure you are prescribed the appropriate pain relief, if this does not decrease as the days go by, please contact us.

Swelling around the mouth, cheeks, lips almost always occurs after wisdom teeth surgery. It can vary from slight to severe depending on the amount of surgery and wisdom teeth removed. Swelling is a normal human body response and usually reaches its maximum by the third day. Applying ice packs on the cheeks in the first 24 hours after surgery may help reduce the swelling. Swelling should resolve 5 days after surgery.

Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed At Dentists & Doctors?

At Dentists & Doctors in Geelong our priority is to ensure our patients are relaxed and comfortable during the wisdom teeth surgery. We have the latest CBCT (3D X ray) machine which allows us to safely and accurately plan the removal of your wisdom teeth.  This ensures each patient receives the safest and highest care of treatment. 

We offer additional sedation services which allows you to ‘sleep’ throughout the procedure. To further discuss what is involved and how this may work for you, please call our friendly staff to book an appointment.

What our customer's say...

G Lutz
G Lutz
31/03/2022
Travelled from Sydney to have my wisdom teeth removed by the one and only Dr. Asef Anwar. Well worth it! I was a bit nervous but he communicated every step of the way and made sure I wasn’t in any pain. Turns out I had nothing to be worried about! Can’t thank you enough Asef 🙏🏽
Lauren Fowkes
Lauren Fowkes
16/03/2022
I saw Dr Asef for wisdom teeth removal and it was a very pleasant experience. He walked me through every step of the procedure and ensured I felt safe and comfortable throughout. As an anxious patient this was very reassuring and I would 100% recommend this practise to everyone 😊
Tanay Sudhakar
Tanay Sudhakar
28/02/2022
Had an implant completed today and it was a pleasant and fast experience. I needed more than usual anaesthetic and they were efficient and friendly.
Trish K
Trish K
23/02/2022
Very impressed with the team,and very professional. They always mentioned the step by step produce reguarding my teeth, before they started. The facility and equipment is up to date and i highly recommend them.You wont be disappointed.
Mosharrof Hosen
Mosharrof Hosen
15/02/2022
Dr Asif is the best. Best dental service in Geelong. Very friendly and professional. Keep it up. 🙂
Nicky Stott
Nicky Stott
09/02/2022
I was referred to Dentists and Doctors after a bad experience else where. From the start i expressed to the staff my fear of dentists, and everyone has been exceptional and compassionate. While my fear will likely always be present, my trust that i am being looked after here has been definitely helping the process. Definitely recommend to visit these amazing people
Robin Thomas
Robin Thomas
07/02/2022
Was very nervous to go to dentist but needn’t of worried, from reception to dentists to assistants everyone is marvellous, treat you like a queen. Walked out of there feeling like a million bucks. I will be going back for a check up and for preventative treatments. Can’t recommend them enough. Special thanks to Clare and Paris . 👍
Bradley Hart
Bradley Hart
21/12/2021
Kind, non judgmental. So very understanding and amazing during the procedure. Had a filling. Pretty tough spot, explained things exceptionally well. Fast when it counted during the filling and very patient with me needs. For the people that are afraid of going to the dentist, for whatever reason. Or haven’t been to the dentist in a long time and are anxious about the dentist. Visit here. I had DR Claire. She was amazing. I was super anxious to visit and I’ve been putting it off for years. But now I can feel at ease, knowing I can go to a dentist’s without judgement and that I’ll be in good hands. 5/5. Hands down. Do yourself a favour and go here

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