Wisdom Teeth Removal
Indications for Wisdom Tooth
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.
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.
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.
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.