Wisdom Teeth Removal & Extraction

As a popular dentist in Melbourne, d-spa has a wealth of experience in handlling wisdom teeth extraction as well as advising on wisdom teeth symptoms.

Although wisdom tooth removal is not something people look forward to, our d-spa team reassures you that our modern surgical and anaesthetic techniques combined make such surgery a far more plesant experience than in the past.

Please feel free to contact our friendly team at one of our three Melbourne practices (2 Collins Street; 538 Collins Street and Toorak Road, South Yarra ) to discuss the extraction of your wisdom teeth or wisdom teeth surgery cost.


General Information about Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth are the very back teeth on either side of the upper and lower jaws, and are more correctly described as the third molar teeth. They are the last teeth to erupt into the gum line, usually between the ages of 17 and 21.

It is quite common for there to be insufficient space in the jaws to allow wisdom teeth to take their correct position, and consequently they remain partly or completely below the surface of the gum. Sometimes they may be deeply buried inside the jawbone. Wisdom teeth, which have failed to develop into a normal position, are commonly referred to as being “impacted”.


Possible problems arising from impacted wisdom teeth

  • By far the most common problem associated with lower wisdom teeth is infection of the overlying gum, a condition called “pericoronitis”. This is a painful and occasionally serious infection. Treatment often involves the use of antibiotics. Wisdom teeth, which are partially erupted through the gums, are most likely to be affected. It is preferable to remove such teeth before they become infected, as there are fewer complications with healing.
  • There is often a pocket between the wisdom tooth and the tooth in front that is difficult to keep clean. This may lead to food trapping and decay starting in the wisdom tooth, or worse, in the second molar tooth in front. This can cause bad breath and an unpleasant taste.
  • Many orthodontists believe that pressure from the developing wisdom teeth can cause the front teeth to become overcrowded, and removal of wisdom teeth is often recommended before or immediately after orthodontic treatment is completed.
  • Pressure from a wisdom tooth pushing on the second molar tooth in front, will occasionally cause the root of the second molar tooth to be absorbed, with subsequent damage to, or loss of, the second molar tooth.
  • Wisdom teeth buried beneath the surface are sometimes associated with development of a cyst, which may cause considerable damage to the jawbone, or more rarely, be associated with development of tumours.
  • Impacted wisdom teeth constitute a weakness in the lower jaw, and this is the most common site for a fracture when a broken jaw occurs.
  • The pressure from an impacted wisdom tooth can often result in wisdom teeth pain


Early removal of wisdom teeth

Our d-spa dentist may recommend early removal of one or more wisdom teeth due to the following reasons:

  • There is not enough room for the tooth to push through
  • You need orthodontic work and the remaining teeth must not be crowded by wisdom teeth
  • The tooth has started to cause trouble. It should be removed soon so wisdom tooth pain, infection or other problems do not get worse.
  • It is best to have troublesome wisdom teeth removed while the person is young. In young people, a tooth’s roots have not fully formed and the bone surrounding the tooth is softer. This allows easier removal of the tooth and there is less risk of damage to nerves, bone or other teeth

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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