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Wisdom Teeth Removal

Teenager at dentistConsidered a rite of passage for many teens, wisdom teeth removal is a common dental procedure often recommended for various reasons. Wisdom teeth are the large molars found in the upper and lower jaws at the back of the mouth. Many people have four, while some only develop one or two. Not everyone needs to have these teeth removed, but many people do.

At Six Twelve Family Dental, our team is well-versed in many dental procedures, including wisdom teeth removal.

Why the Third Molars Need to Be Removed

Infection and Impaction: Wisdom teeth are the last to emerge. If there isn’t enough space in the mouth, these teeth can become impacted, leading to pain, swelling and infection around the gums.

Damage to Adjacent Teeth: Impacted wisdom teeth can trap bacteria, potentially causing damage or decay to adjacent molars. Routine X-rays often reveal these issues early.

Misalignment: Emerging wisdom teeth can push other teeth, causing crowding and misalignment, particularly at the front of the mouth.

Preparing for the Procedure

The first step is having a consultation before the surgery. One of our dentists will conduct an assessment using X-ray images. In doing so, we can determine the best way to proceed. During this consultation, the dentist will explain the procedure and discuss anaesthesia options ranging from sedation to general anaesthesia if you are highly anxious.

Preparation typically begins three days before the procedure, including using a specific mouthwash and antibiotics to be taken on the day of surgery.

What to Expect on Surgery Day

It’s important to have a light meal on the day of surgery and bring a support person if you cannot drive home afterwards. The procedure duration varies but generally lasts from 10 minutes to an hour, depending on the complexity and number of teeth removed.

Post-surgery, you will receive a prescription for pain management and antibiotics and are given post-operative care instructions both verbally and in written form.

Frequently Asked Questions

At what age should wisdom teeth be removed?

Wisdom teeth issues can arise as early as 15 years of age. Early removal can help prevent future problems and lead to a smoother recovery.

Can a person in their 30s or older have their wisdom teeth removed?

Yes. While it’s advisable to have these third molars removed before 25, the procedure can still be done later in life.

Why are wisdom teeth typically recommended for extraction?

Wisdom teeth are often recommended for extraction when they cause infection, lack adequate space for eruption, damage nearby teeth, or cause misalignment, leading to crowding.

How can patients manage anxiety about the procedure?

Patients can opt for sedation or general anaesthesia if they experience extreme anxiety. Your dentist can also ease your concerns by explaining the procedure and the reasons for extraction.

How should patients prepare for the procedure?

First, you will have a consultation session to understand the procedure, available options and potential risks. Pre-procedure preparations may include specific mouthwash use, antibiotic prescriptions and arranging transportation if sedation is involved.
What can patients expect during the extraction procedure?
On the day of the surgery, we recommend that patients arrive with a support person. The procedure varies in duration depending on complexity. We provide patients with post-operative care instructions and follow-up appointments for monitoring.

Does insurance cover this procedure?

If you have an insurance card available on the day, we can do a quotation with your health fund and check whether you are covered by insurance, as each plan differs.

Should I take time off work following the procedure?

As you will likely experience some discomfort in the first few days after the removal, we do recommend you take a few days off work to recover.

Are there alternatives to wisdom teeth removal?

Depending on the case and why the teeth need to be removed, in some situations, we may be able to use partial orthodontics to upright a moderately tilted wisdom tooth, but it’s case by case. Your dentist can let you know what your options are.

What can I eat after wisdom teeth removal?

Stick to a soft diet for the first few days. Suitable foods include smoothies, soup, mashed potatoes and yoghurt.

How long will I experience pain following the procedure?

It’s normal to experience some pain or discomfort, which usually peaks on days 2-4 after the extraction. You will be given a prescription for pain medication to ease your discomfort.

Ready to Schedule Your Consultation?

If you’re experiencing discomfort or want to prevent future dental issues, we invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. Don’t wait for pain to become unmanageable – contact us today!


* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.


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