Wisdom teeth have a funny way of becoming uncomfortable and painful at the worst times. Sometimes pain from your wisdom teeth can come and go over a few weeks or months or years.
Sometimes it is recurring gum pain and inflammation around wisdom teeth that can be uncomfortable.
Sometime wisdom teeth are removed before orthodontic treatment, poor hygiene, lack of space, cysts forming, food trapping, infection or not enough room for them to grow through.
A case example at Belleview Dental. Notice circled, a lower wisdom tooth that is on its side. The bone and tissue surrounding the wisdom tooth are infected. This can be very uncomfortable and painful.
Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to come in, usually in your late teens or early twenties. Sometimes, there isn't enough space in your mouth to accommodate them properly. This can lead to the wisdom teeth becoming impacted, which means they get stuck in your gums or jawbone. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, swelling, and infection.
Even if your wisdom teeth manage to come in partially or fully, they can cause crowding and misalignment in your mouth. They may push against your existing teeth, shifting them out of their proper position. This can affect your bite and the alignment of your smile.
Wisdom teeth are located at the back of your mouth, making them difficult to clean properly. Their position makes it hard to reach them with a toothbrush or floss, increasing the risk of decay, cavities, and gum disease. Removing them can improve your oral hygiene and reduce the chances of future dental problems or infections.
When wisdom teeth don't fully emerge from the gums, they create a small opening or flap of gum where bacteria and food particles can accumulate. This can lead to infections, causing pain, swelling, and bad breath. In some cases, cysts or fluid-filled sacs can develop around the impacted teeth, which can damage the surrounding bone and nerves.
Impacted wisdom teeth can exert pressure on the surrounding structures, including your jawbone, nerves, and sinuses. This pressure can result in jaw pain, headaches, and even earaches. Removing the wisdom teeth can alleviate these discomforts and improve your overall oral health.
The cost of wisdom teeth removal can vary, depending on your treatment plan. However, below are some of the costs that may be included.
If you have private health insurance with dental extras they may cover a portion of the wisdom teeth removal. Your Dental practitioner can provide an on the spot quote for you at your consultation. This way you will know what the gap payment for wisdom teeth removal on the day is with no surprises.
Check with your insurance company if you have Major dental as part of your policy. Staff at Belleview Dental will be more than happy to help you work this out.
Get a FREE wisdom teeth consultation when you book in with Belleview Dental for a dental check-up and clean, this includes a full mouth X-ray free of charge.
Otherwise, a wisdom teeth consultation on its own is $50.
Depending on the severity of your individual case, pricing ranges from $300-$650 per tooth.
If you have health insurance they may cover a portion of the treatment.
Total cost of gas sedation is $200, this includes all associated costs related to Happy Gas during your appointment for wisdom teeth removal.
Local Anaesthetic: The cost of local anaesthetic is included in the cost of your wisdom teeth removal procedure. If you choose this option, there will be no additional cost for anaesthetic to you.
General Anaesthetic: The total cost of General Anaesthetic is $1,400. This includes all associated costs related to general anaesthetic during your appointment for wisdom teeth removal.
Although wisdom tooth surgery is not something which people look forward to, modern surgical and anaesthetic techniques have now combined to make such surgery a far more acceptable experience than in the past.
Local anaesthetic numbs the specific area being treated, allowing you to remain awake during the procedure. It is generally less invasive than general anaesthesia.
Since you are not fully sedated, the recovery time is usually quicker compared to general anaesthesia.
Local anaesthesia is often less expensive than general anaesthesia, as it doesn't require additional anaesthesia specialists or equipment.
General anaesthesia can lead to side effects such as nausea, vomiting, or a sore throat. These effects can cause discomfort and may prolong the recovery process. Opting for local anaesthesia can help minimise the occurrence of these side effects, leading to a smoother and more comfortable recovery.
Some patients may prefer to remain awake and have a sense of control during the procedure. Local anaesthesia allows patients to be aware of their surroundings while numbing the surgical area. For those who feel anxious or prefer to avoid the loss of consciousness associated with general anaesthesia, local anaesthesia can provide a more desirable experience.
Great, you've had your wisdom teeth out! Now what? What should you do?