Wisdom teeth are the last of your teeth to break through the gum tissue. As they are the final ones to do this, there is often little room in the mouth for them to properly align with the rest of your teeth. As a result this can often lead to a scenario requiring tooth removal.
Sometimes wisdom teeth erupt sideways or only partially. Some end up impacted by becoming trapped under the gum tissue leading to pain, infection and swelling. If your wisdom teeth are causing you any kind of problems, it is time to see your dentist.
The professionals at Forster Dental Centre will examine your wisdom teeth and discuss whether or not removal is required. Although wisdom teeth extraction is a common form of oral surgery, there are times when they do not require removal.
If they are causing other teeth to shift around within the gum tissue, impairing normal sinus function or producing jaw pain, migraines or the inability to clean your back teeth properly your wisdom teeth should be removed. Appropriate procedures will be discussed with you and appointments scheduled in advance.
The Risks of Wisdom Tooth Removal
There are a number of risks involved in having wisdom teeth removed. Local dentists at Forster Dental Centre will discuss the potential of any and all risks which may include the following:
- Swelling of the gums
- Sinus draining
- Numbness of the lips
What to Expect After Wisdom Teeth Removal
The average recovery time following wisdom teeth extraction is between five and seven days. The gum area at the location of surgery will generally take longer to recover – up to four weeks to completely heal. On the off chance that there is an injury to the jaw during this procedure, recovery may take up to six months.
What will shorten your recovery time is if you follow a number of simple at-home instructions following your dental surgery. They will include:
- Apply gentle pressure to the extraction site with a clean, moist piece of gauze to stop bleeding
- Use a teabag at the extraction site to speed up healing. The tannic acid present in the tea can promote blood clot development
- Apply ice wrapped in a cloth to swollen areas to reduce facial swelling. Hold in place for ten minutes and remove for twenty minutes. Repeat as often as needed
- In addition to prescriptions provided by your dentist, use over-the-counter medications to combat wisdom tooth extraction pain and discomfort such as paracetamol
- Avoid rinsing your mouth for the first 24 hours following extraction
- Switch to a soft food or liquid diet the day of and the day after your wisdom teeth have been removed
- Brush/floss teeth as usual but avoid those next to the removal site until fully healed
- Gently rinse the socket with warm salt water following meals and before bedtime for at least a week after extraction.
The Cost of Wisdom Tooth Extraction
There are many variables related to wisdom tooth extraction cost. The professionals at Forster Dental Centre will give you a precise quote based on your specific situation; however, here are a few prices to give you an idea of what to expect:
- Non-surgical extraction of a fully erupted tooth: $75-300 (depending on anesthesia)
- Surgical extraction of a fully erupted tooth: $150-650 (depending on anesthesia)
- Basic surgical extraction of a broken tooth at the gum line: $150-$300
- Soft tissue extraction of a partially impacted tooth: $200-$350
- Partially bony extraction (tooth with bone covering it): $300-$600
- Extraction of all four impacted wisdom teeth in one appointment: $1,000-$3,000.
Of course if you have private health insurance and depending on your level of cover some or most of your treatment costs for the removal of your wisdom teeth may be reimbursed or paid for at the time of surgery.
See Forster Dental Centre for Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Call Forster Dental Centre today if you are experiencing any kind of dental pain. If the source of that discomfort is resulting from wisdom teeth, we will set up an emergency appointment to discuss your situation; with the aim to relieve your pain as quickly as possible.