Wisdom teeth removal
Wisdom teeth have a nasty habit of causing havoc with your mouth, gums and jaws, so there’s a good chance you’ll need to have them removed at some point in your life. In fact, at Precision OMS, it’s one of the most common surgical procedures we perform.
Sometimes a wisdom tooth will break through unchallenged. But for some of us, there isn’t enough room in our mouths for this new tooth; it may also create issues as it comes through, causing infection or unwanted tooth movement. Many people experience unnecessary pain and discomfort by ignoring the symptoms of problematic wisdom teeth.
If you – or perhaps your teenager – is experiencing discomfort from wisdom teeth, make an appointment at our Geelong surgery to get your wisdom teeth properly assessed by our professional staff.
Your wisdom teeth are back molars that usually develop after your other permanent teeth have come through. While everyone is different, wisdom teeth typically appear between the ages of 17 and 25.
Wisdom teeth removal is a surgical procedure that occurs under different treatment formats. Whether it’s a local anaesthetic – administered alone, or with intravenous sedation – or a general anaesthetic, we tailor our approach to provide you with the most comfortable experience during the procedure in our rooms or hospital. There are a number of reasons why you may need your wisdom teeth removed by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. They might be functionally useless; cause pain; promote decay, erosion and movement of neighbouring teeth; be prone to soft tissue infection or bone erosion; or lead to a benign cyst developing at some time in the future.
Wisdom tooth removal may often be an elective oral surgical procedure but, it can also occur in an emergency scenario if you’re suffering severe infection and pain. While older patients will need to weigh the risks and benefits of removing their wisdom teeth, younger patients may find that choosing an elective procedure – rather than waiting until the situation turns into an emergency – is an effective way to care for, manage and control future dental issues.
The most obvious reason to remove a wisdom tooth is to reduce any pain and infection you may be experiencing. But there are many other reasons why this oral surgical procedure may suit your needs. Wisdom teeth removal can:
Your wisdom teeth treatment begins with a focused clinical assessment of your dental anatomy, using state-of-the-art plain and 3D cone-beam CT imaging technology at our Geelong surgery. This process takes just minutes to perform and then review, allowing us to conduct a risk analysis and create a treatment plan based on the care you need.
Wisdom teeth removal by our Precision OMS dental specialists is a simple procedure that starts with ensuring you’re as comfortable as possible. For most patients, there are four key steps:
Patients are referred to Precision OMS Geelong by a general practitioner who has either a dental (dentistry) or medical (GP) background or a related specialty.
Your consultation can occur face-to-face or now remotely via telehealth. Our patients sometimes provide their own dental imaging, otherwise this is undertaken in our rooms during your visit. Following our assessment, we outline the most appropriate treatment format for your needs, taking into account your expectations, anxiety around the procedure and general fitness.
Your wisdom teeth are removed by our expert surgical team. Local anaesthetic removal can sometimes be completed in our rooms or a specialist anaesthetist may provide an intravenous sedation or a general anaesthetic to allow us to complete the procedure with some planning.
You will be monitored in the days and weeks following your procedure to ensure you’re healing correctly. Our specialists can also answer any post-operative questions or concerns you may have.
These are some of the common questions we get asked about wisdom tooth extraction.
It depends on the degree of complexity and your individual healing capacity however, recovery can occur within two to seven days of the procedure. Some limited pain relief may be required and we will discuss this with you at your appointment.
We recommend eating soft foods that reduce the need for chewing – such as soups or mashed vegetables. We encourage patients to drink plenty of fluids after their surgical treatment.
Precision OMS are experts in wisdom teeth removal and our OMS specialists have everything at their disposal onsite to treat both elective and emergency patients.
If you would like to request an appointment or wish to be referred to us by your GP, call us to arrange an appointment on (03) 5229 3200, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at 16 Myers Street, Geelong.