Wisdom Teeth & Extractions
At Grafton Dental we have strong focus on prevention and our goal is always to keep and maintain your teeth. However, sometimes teeth cannot be saved and need to be removed – this is called an extraction.
This can be for a variety of reasons including severe decay and breakage. Other reasons include impacted wisdom teeth and removal of teeth in preparation for other treatment such as braces or dentures
Problems arising from wisdom teeth are normal. Wisdom teeth usually erupt between the ages of 17-25. Often there might not be enough room in your mouth to accommodate these additional teeth which can lead to pain and infection.
Uninterrupted wisdom teeth too may cause trouble to adjacent teeth through pressure on neighbouring roots.
Our dentist might need to take a special X-ray (called an OPG) to better examine your wisdom teeth.
This will help us to discuss the best treatment options with you.
How do I book?
We’ve made the process nice and simple for you. To book an appointment with us, click on the ‘Book Now’ button below and choose a time that suits you.
At Grafton Dental, we take pride in our ability to make you feel comfortable while performing the procedure as quick and painless as possible.
Let’s get those wisdom teeth sorted today.
Initial Consultation Info
If you are having 2 or more wisdom teeth looked at, we do recommend a Panoramic Radiograph (OPG) in order to ascertain how the wisdom teeth are situated and if they are close to a nerve. This gives us a complete view and allows us to plan the procedure for a smooth, painless extraction. There’s a small cost of $90 for this.
Feel free to call us to get more information and ask about the possibility of having the procedure done on the same day.
Why do I need to get wisdom teeth taken out?
Wisdom teeth can cause many problems if they fail to erupt, or they erupt in an abnormal position. Such problems can include:
1) Cavities on adjacent teeth due to food trap
2) Formation of cysts
3) Crowding of other teeth
4) Infection in gums and surrounding tissues
Is it painful getting wisdom teeth out?
All the stories that you hear and see are not always true. Not all wisdom teeth are alike and not all of them are impacted.
During extraction, your dentist will use a a topical gel + local anaesthetic to make sure the area is fully numb, so you won’t feel any discomfort. Some amount of pressure is normal. If you’re nervous about the anaesthetic, talk to us about other options like oral sedation.
After care instructions
Here’s an after care guide to get you through the days following your extraction.
First 24 hours
- Your dentist will recommend you pain relief and/or antibiotics, take them as prescribed
- Try and eat /drink cold food stuffs like soft jelly, ice cream, yogurt etc.
- Try to avoid rinsing and spitting for the first 24 hours
- The dental office will generally provide you with a extra gauze packs in order to help stop the bleeding if needed
- No smoking/vaping/hookah/alcohol for the first few days
- Avoid strenuous exercise
- Avoid using a straw/ blowing your nose
- A little amount of blood in saliva on the first day is normal and harmless
- However, if the bleeding continue after 24 hours, contact us
- Netflix and relax!
- Gently start rinsing with warm water +salt
- Continue with pain relief as prescribed
- Avoid smoking/vaping/hookah etc.
- Soft foods for now and gradually introduce normal diet