Your First Choice for Wisdom Teeth Removal in Mornington
Say goodbye to feeling overwhelmed or anxious when you think of getting your wisdom teeth removed. If one of our skilled and caring dentists at our Mornington clinic has suggested wisdom teeth removal, you know you will be in safe hands in our modern, purpose-built clinic. Our experienced dentists will make sure your dental procedure is comfortable and that you are involved in all choices and treatment options.
Why you might need your wisdom teeth removed
Wisdom teeth are the last of the human teeth to appear – they generally appear (erupt) at the very back of your bottom and top jaws between about 17 to 22 years of age. That’s why they’re called ‘wisdom’ teeth – we are meant to be wiser at this age than when we are children!
Some people will never have their wisdom teeth erupt, some people will experience no problems with their wisdom teeth when they do erupt, while some people will experience issues with their wisdom teeth when they appear.
Regular check-up appointments with your dentist will highlight any problems with wisdom teeth early. Attending these appointments means your dentist will be able to act on them quickly. These regular check-ups will help to eliminate any issues which can occur with wisdom teeth.
Our skilled and caring Mornington Peninsula dentists recommend patients undergo wisdom teeth extraction for any of the following reasons:
- Ongoing gum infections (gingivitis) at the site of the wisdom teeth
- If the wisdom teeth start to decay because their deep location doesn’t allow access for proper cleaning
- Pain at the site of the wisdom teeth
- Evidence of impaction (where the wisdom tooth grows at an angle) which can increase risk of damage to adjacent teeth.
What you can expect
Preparation with anaesthetic
Removing wisdom teeth will mean you’ll need a form of anaesthetic. Our skilled dentists can perform the procedure under a local anaesthetic or intravenous (IV) sedation. Our Mornington clinic has a specialist anaesthetist who attends on selected days to perform this procedure. Your dentist may also give you a form of oral sedation if you’re a patient who becomes anxious or nervous at the thought of this procedure.
Please visit our Sleep dentistry (sedation dentistry) page for more information.
Length of procedure
The time taken for wisdom teeth removal will vary from patient to patient, as it depends on the individual presentation. But as a general rule, expect the procedure to take between 5 and 20 minutes, performed right here from the comfort and safety of our Mornington clinic.
Some patients will experience slight bruising, swelling and some discomfort after the anaesthetic wears off. This experience is completely normal and these effects should reduce gradually, over the following 3 – 4 days.
Our dental team may advise you to apply an ice pack to your face (around the cheeks, mainly) to reduce swelling. We recommend paracetamol (Panadol) and ibuprofen (Nurofen) to relieve any pain – as long as you are a patient who can tolerate them medically.
For more substantial pain relief, our dentists will prescribe you some more potent medications, if they see it as appropriate. Some patients undergoing wisdom teeth extraction may be prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection – it’s important for these patients to finish the full course.
For the first 24 hours following your procedure, you should avoid:
- Rinsing your mouth
- Drinking alcohol
- Drinking hot liquids like tea, coffee or soup
- Undertaking vigorous physical activity.
For the first 24 – 48 hours following your procedure, you should:
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat a diet of soft food
- Take care to avoid the site of surgery when brushing your teeth.
Our mouths and gums have a natural tendency to heal quickly. When you follow the aftercare instructions given by our dentists, your recovery should be quick and problem-free.
And remember, millions of people every year have their wisdom teeth removed. It’s a very common procedure, and when you’re in the competent hands of one of our caring and friendly dentists, you’re likely to have a very low risk of complications.
To find out more about wisdom teeth removal aftercare and recovery read our blog post.
Why choose our Mornington dental clinic for wisdom teeth removal?
When you choose our Mornington Peninsula clinic for your wisdom teeth removal, you can be confident that you’ve chosen a knowledgeable and skilled team to take care of you – a team which can patiently address your concerns or queries.
Our patient-centred approach means that your comfort and safety is our top priority, and we practice gentle dentistry in our modern and fully-equipped clinic.
Our philosophy and practice sees us welcoming patients from all across the Mornington Peninsula – our patients come from Mornington, Mount Martha, Mount Eliza, Frankston, Frankston South, Moorooduc, Tuerong, Somerville, Safety Beach, Dromana and Rosebud.
Please contact us to learn more about comfortable and pain-free wisdom teeth removal in our Mornington clinic. Phone us on 03 5975 5355 and we will book an appointment for you right away.