Are your wisdom teeth causing you pain and discomfort? Your dentist may suggest that you get them removed to prevent any further complications.
Wisdom teeth, or third and final molars, are the four last teeth to erupt and generally come in during the late teen years or early twenties. If left in place, impacted wisdom teeth can cause severe pain, infections and damage to the surrounding jawbone and teeth.
Chief executive officer at Wollongong Day Surgery, Julianne Thynne said, “As we have learned more about our dental health it has become known that our jaws are too small to allow our wisdom teeth to erupt without causing problems for our other teeth.
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“When our wisdom teeth come through they can cause our other teeth to be crowded which affects our dental bite. The wisdom teeth may come through crooked, sideways or not at all causing them to need removal.”
Wisdom teeth can be removed a number of ways including in the dentist chair, with the use of intravenous sedation (IV sedation) or in surgery under general anaesthetic.
“Wisdom teeth are very deep in the bone and can be very difficult to remove, so we suggest they are best removed under general anaesthetic to give the patient a safe and pleasant experience,” Julianne said.
“Our maxillofacial surgeons perform approximately 2000 procedures every year so we are very experienced. Most people needing their wisdom teeth removed are young adults who are usually students so we are very flexible and can work around school and university holidays.”
You must get a referral from your dentist before you see a maxillofacial surgeon, who after the examination will suggest that you attend the Day Surgery for your procedure.
Wollongong Day Surgery has several maxillofacial surgeons who perform a range of surgeries including wisdom teeth extraction, orthodontic bonding, excision of lesions of the mouth and lips, general dental extractions and other procedures that can be performed safely in the Day Surgery.
The surgeons are:
- Dr Robin D’Rozario
- Dr Paul Hammans
- Dr Sammi Haddad
- Dr Anthony Oliver
- Dr Benjamin Kofi Oateng-Boateng
- Dr Michael Walsh
Wollongong Day Surgery has contracts with all major health funds and depending on your cover, wisdom teeth removal may not cost you anything out of pocket. They also have very competitive rates for patients who need to pay.
Wollongong Day Surgery is located at 354-358 Crown Street, Wollongong (adjacent to Wollongong Hospital). For more information go to www.wollongongdaysurgery.com.au or phone 4226 6955.