Glendowie Dental Centre

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Dr Gin Wong offers some of the best wisdom teeth removal around the suburbs has to offer.

For the wisdom teeth removal you can rely on Dr Gin Wong from the Glendowie Dental Centre. He is experts in the field and offers some of the best wisdom teeth removal around our suburbs has to offer.

Why do we have Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth or third molars are the last teeth to come through (erupt) at the back of the mouth, usually in the late teenage years.

Not all people get wisdom teeth nor do all people need their wisdom teeth removed. If the jaw is long enough there may be sufficient room. Often this is not the case. Usually a person has four wisdom teeth but this does vary. Not all four wisdom teeth may need to be removed.

What Problems could they cause?

If there is not enough room wisdom tooth, the wisdom tooth can partially erupt and get stuck (impacted) against the next back tooth. This area is very difficult to keep clean and the tooth can rapidly decay.  Often the gum surrounding the wisdom tooth becomes sore and swollen.

Some of the other problems wisdom teeth can cause are as follows:

  • Pain.
  • Crowding.
  • Cysts.
  • Damage to other teeth.
  • Ulcers
  • Food traps.

Frequently Asked Questions

What to expect of the procedure?

Modern techniques including the use of oral or intravenous sedation make the procedure anxiety free and relatively pain free.

Following extraction there could be some swelling and possibly a period of reduced ability to fully open your mouth.

Occasionally you may develop an infection after extraction known as “dry socket” and this may cause pain. There is also a possibility that you may experience a change of sensation or temporary numbness of your lip or chin following a difficult extraction. Your surgeon should outline the likelihood of this for your case.

After your operation you will be given written instructions and advice on home dental care which you are asked to follow.  It is important to rest quietly at home for at least the day of the procedure.  Provided that you follow the instructions and seek advice if anything should seem wrong you should anticipate recovering in about a week with not too much discomfort. If you required stitches these are removed at your one week postoperative check. Likewise after any dental procedure at Glendowie dental centre please do call our centre if you have any concern.

Must I have my wisdom teeth out?

Many people have no problems with their wisdom teeth and therefore may not need to have them removed.  It is advisable to have your wisdom teeth checked at approximate 18 years of age.

If you have decay in wisdom teeth or the gums around them are infected then your dentist may advise that it is best to take the wisdom teeth out so as to avoid damage to the surrounding teeth.

X-rays are essential before your wisdom teeth can be assessed properly.  These x-rays will help to establish the difficulty of removal or other issues that could influence the degree of difficulty during removal.