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Wisdom Tooth Removal in Port Melbourne

Your wisdom teeth, or your third molars, are the last permanent teeth that appear and typically emerge between the ages of 18-21.

However, only some individuals get their wisdom teeth, and even when they do, they may not cause much trouble. In certain instances, wisdom teeth that don’t erupt properly can leave you in pain and cause problems like infections and damage to surrounding teeth. 

In such cases, wisdom tooth removal is your best option for a healthy, pain-free smile. With a team of skilled and experienced dental professionals, we ensure safe and effective wisdom teeth removal procedures for our patients at Port Melbourne Dental.

Why Do I Need Wisdom Tooth Removal?

Not everyone will have to get their wisdom teeth removed. However, in most cases, this treatment is required. Therefore, it is important to understand why and when this procedure is necessary. 

You must have enough space in your mouth for your wisdom teeth to emerge and function properly. 

When you don’t have enough space in your mouth for your wisdom teeth to sit properly and comfortably, your wisdom teeth can get ‘impacted’. This means your wisdom teeth grow out at an angle or only partially emerge from the gum line. Left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to more severe problems, such as tooth decay and cause damage to the surrounding teeth. 

Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth 

  • Pain and swelling around the jaw
  • Swollen and bleeding gums 
  • Bad breath 
  • Difficulty moving your jaw
  • Fever 
  • Infections 
  • Cysts at the site of an impacted tooth

The best way to determine if you need to get your wisdom teeth extracted is by visiting your dentist. So, if you experience these symptoms, it’s best to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. They will examine your mouth and come up with a personalised treatment plan to address your pain and discomfort. 

However, impacted wisdom teeth don’t always show symptoms. You might not even realise that you have an impacted tooth. That’s why regular dental check-ups are important, as they will help our dentists keep a watchful eye on signs of any general dental problems, prompting early intervention when necessary. 

How Are Wisdom Teeth Removed? 

Your comfort and peace of mind are our top priorities at Port Melbourne Dental. That’s why our team is committed to making your wisdom tooth removal process a pain-free and stress-free experience. 

We carry out this procedure under a local anaesthetic to minimise discomfort and ease your anxiety. This means you will experience minimum pain while you are in our dental chair. 

Here’s a glimpse at what our wisdom tooth removal process looks like: 

  1. Our dentists will administer anaesthesia or use sleep dentistry techniques. Carried out by our experienced team, this will help minimise your pain, discomfort and anxiety throughout the procedure. 
  2. A small incision will be made in your gum with precision and care to expose the problematic tooth. We will then extract your impacted wisdom tooth. 
  3. Once the extraction is complete, the site may need stitches to close the incision. We will then place gauze to cover the extraction site and to promote blood clotting. This will also help prevent a painful dental condition called ‘dry socket’ that may arise. A dry socket is when the blood clot formed over the extraction site is dislodged or does not form properly.
  4. Once the sedative wears off, you’re all set to head home (accompanied by an adult). Before you leave our clinic, we will equip you with all the information you need for a smooth recovery following wisdom tooth removal. 

For our experienced team at Port Melbourne Dental, wisdom tooth removal is a routine procedure we perform. Having performed countless wisdom teeth extractions, you can count on us to remove your impacted tooth/teeth safely and effectively. 

Benefits of Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom tooth removal can offer several benefits, including:

  • Prevents pain and discomfort
  • Prevents teeth crowding
  • Reduces the risk of infection
  • Prevents damage to neighboring teeth
  • Reduces headaches and jaw pain
  • Prevents cysts and tumors

It is also vital to make a consultation with one of our experienced dentists to determine whether wisdom tooth removal is the best option for your unique condition.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Aftercare

For a smooth and comfortable recovery, here’s how to take care of yourself following a wisdom tooth extraction:

  • Bite gently on the gauze pad placed over the surgical area as instructed to control bleeding.
  • Get some rest for the remainder of the day and avoid any strenuous activities.
  • Avoid rinsing your mouth or spitting vigorously on the first day as it can dislodge blood clots.
  • To manage the pain take prescribed pain medications as directed by our dentist.
  • Stick to soft, cold and easy-to-chew foods for the first few days such as yoghurt, pudding, mashed potatoes and smoothies.
  • Avoid using straws as this sucking motion can allow the blood clots to become loose.
  • Avoid smoking as it can slow down the healing process and increase the risk of infections and complications.

If you have any concerns or experience unusual symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact our dentist right away.

Pain-Free Wisdom Tooth Removal At Port Melbourne Dental

At Port Melbourne Dental, we have extensive experience providing wisdom tooth removal services to our patients. They are performed by our highly skilled and trained dental professionals.

We understand how an impacted wisdom tooth can affect your smile, health and confidence. So, if you are looking for a reliable and friendly dental clinic to remove your impacted teeth in Melbourne, we’re here to help.

Our team will prioritise your comfort and health, ensuring you feel at ease throughout your visit to our dental clinic.

Don’t let impacted wisdom teeth spoil your smile, confidence and oral health. Book your consultation today!