Comfortable In-chair Wisdom Teeth Removal
We understand the thought of having your wisdom teeth extracted can sound a little daunting. That’s why at Alpha Dental we’ll take the time to sit down and discuss treatment and payment options, including the choice of general and local anesthesia, address all of your concerns and ensure you’re comfortable with the solution provided to you.
- Tailored solution suited to your needs and budget.
- Comfortable, relaxed and pain free in-chair experience.
- Complete range of anesthesia options — local and general. If you prefer to be asleep while having your wisdom teeth removed, we have a fully qualified anaesthetist for your safety and comfort, the surgery would take place in the day-surgery hospital.
- All private health funds accepted, including HBF, Medibank, HCF and CBHS.
When is removing wisdom teeth recommended?
Our dentist will generally discuss the current state of your wisdom teeth when x-rays are taken in your 6-monthly checkup, scale and clean. However, if you’re currently experiencing any of the following wisdom teeth symptoms we recommend contacting Alpha Dental immediately.
- Jaw pain and discomfort
- Swelling of the gums around the tooth
- Bleeding or tenderness around the tooth
- Constant bad breath
- Recurring sore throats
- Foul taste in mouth when eating
- Cysts forming around the tooth (appear as pockets of liquid)
How much does wisdom teeth removal cost?
The cost of having your wisdom teeth removed is dependent on a number of factors:
- How many teeth need to be removed
- How the teeth are extracted — simple or surgical extraction
- How complex the procedure will be
- The type of sedation option chosen (local or IV sedation)
Ignoring the signs and delaying your wisdom teeth extraction can lead to more serious health issues such as infections, which require extensive dental treatment, and not to mention the constant pain and discomfort experienced on a daily basis.
This is why we offer a range of financial solutions as well as accept all private health funds such as Medibank Private, HBF, Bupa, HCF etc. We also accept DVA (Veterans Affair) and Medicare Benefits (CBDS).
How long does wisdom tooth removal take?
The time it takes to extract your wisdom teeth will depend on how many are getting removed. Generally, wisdom teeth extractions can take up to an hour and a half to remove all four wisdom teeth.
What to do after wisdom tooth removal?
After having your wisdom teeth removed it’s important to keep the area clean without disturbing the wound. Create a salt water rinse by combining and stirring a ¼ teaspoon of salt with a cup of warm water.
On the first day of having your wisdom teeth removed:
- Take a small gulp of the salt water solution and gently move your head from side to side to move the solution around your mouth.
- Avoid swishing the solution around your mouth or spitting it out as this may cause bleeding. After you’ve given it a good rinse, lean over the basin and open your mouth to let the solution out.
- Avoid smoking. Smoking can prevent the wound from healing and cause ‘dry socket’, which can be quite painful and delay the healing process.
- Avoid using straws. Suction movement can reopen the wounds and delay the healing process.
- Avoid hard foods. Food debris can get caught in the socket and can be hard to remove.
How long does the wisdom teeth removal pain last?
It can take up to 2 weeks to completely recover after having your wisdom teeth removed. Pain and discomfort may last for 3-5 days, however recovery time can be sped up with the right care and pain medication provided by your dentist.
- Blood clot is formed in the first 24 hours.
- Swelling of the mouth and cheeks is reduced after 2-3 days.
- After 7 days your dentist will remove any remaining stitches.
- From 7-10 days jaw stiffness and soreness should go away.
- By the 2 week mark all bruising on the face should heal.
How to speed up healing process?
- Avoid disturbing the wound in the first 24 hours
- Take extra care when brushing and avoid brushing near extraction site
- Avoid any hot beverages and soups
- Stay away from foods that require chewing
- Avoid straws, smoking and alcohol for at least 48 hours.
- Gently rinse your mouth with salt water solution. Refer to ‘What to do after having wisdom teeth removed’
What can i eat and drink after wisdom tooth removal?
We recommend avoiding all hard foods and sticking to soft foods only. This includes scrambled eggs, blended soups, smoothies, yoghurt, mashed potatoes and avocados.
What are impacted wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth that erupt sideways or do not erupt completely can become impacted.
Impacted wisdom teeth may not always cause issues immediately, but over time can result in bacterial infections, overcrowding and damage neighbouring teeth, as well as affecting your bite and causing larger, painful and more expensive problems.
Insurances We Work With
We also accept a wide selection of Private Health Funds such as HBF, CBHS, HCF, Medibank Bupa, as well as Veteran’s Affair and Children’s Dental Benefits (CDBS).
For efficient and easy payment processing we have HICAPS terminals at our practice allowing you to automatically claim your health benefits on the spot after receiving dental treatment.
This will save you a trip to your health fund provider or lodging a claim online and waiting a few weeks for the money to be refunded to you.