Wisdom Teeth Removal 

Indications for Wisdom Tooth

Removal include:

  • Persistent problems with pain and swelling.
  • Difficulty keeping the teeth clean with associated problems of food impaction.
  • If the x-ray shows there is no room to fit them in properly and there is a risk of damage to the adjacent teeth as a result of impaction forces from the wisdom tooth (teeth).
  • If there is pathology (eg. a cyst or tumour) associated with the wisdom tooth.
  • Either before or following orthodontic treatment, when it is clear there is no room for the wisdom teeth to erupt and keeping them is likely to result in “re-crowding” of the teeth following completion of the orthodontic treatment.


1. Do I have to go to hospital to have my wisdom teeth out?

The answer is:  sometimes.

This surgery can often be carried out under local anaesthesia with or without intravenous “twilight” sedation (relaxed though not fully asleep) – here at our Clinic.

However, there are situations where the degree of difficulty associated with removal of the tooth/teeth will lead us to recommend a full general anaesthetic (asleep) in one of our local Hospitals. In either case – surgery is performed on a “day only” basis.

2. How much does it cost to have my wisdom teeth out?

The surgical fee for this work varies according to the difficulty associated with the tooth removal. However, as a general guide the range in price for such surgery – assuming all four (4) wisdom teeth are removed - is : $2400 to $2750.

3. How long is the recovery time?

Again, this varies according to the difficulty of the procedure and your age. As a general rule, the younger we are when we have our wisdom teeth removed, the more quickly we recover from surgery. For people under the age of 25 years – I think we should expect full recovery within 5 – 7 days. After the age of 30 – this will sometimes take up to 10 days. We will of course assist you with an appropriate doctor’s certificate if you require one.

4. How much pain will I have after my wisdom teeth are removed?

There is no escaping the fact that after any operation – no matter where it is on the body – we expect to see some swelling and experience some discomfort for a few days. With wisdom teeth, the degree of postoperative discomfort will, of course, vary from patient to patient and is very much dependent on the degree of difficulty of the case. Traditionally, the first 48 – 72 hours are the “toughest” time with things beginning to improve by the 4th postoperative day. We will provide you with general advice on how best to manage your post surgery discomfort and will prescribe a suitable analgesic to meet your pain needs following surgery. We will be there for you! 

Dr Oliver has had his own wisdom teeth removed and is very understanding of what patients will be experiencing after treatment and how best to manage it.