If wisdom teeth are unable to break through the gums they may cause pain and infection.
Dr van Mourik is a highly experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon who performs wisdom teeth removal in Sydney. He explains things clearly and he’s a good listener, so do ask him questions about your dental concerns and tell him about any concerns you have — he’ll take the time to answer and manage your concerns sensitively.
There are various reasons why you may be considering having your wisdom teeth removed by an oral surgeon, including:
Your wisdom teeth are your third set of molars. They sit right at the back of your mouth and they’re the last to come through. Generally, people have 4, though some people may not have a full set. Some people actually have extra.
They normally start moving into position and breaking through your gums when you’re between 16 and 20 years old, though for some people they arrive later. If your jaw is wide enough and your dental hygiene is good, a wisdom tooth won’t need to be extracted.
However, it’s common for one or more wisdom teeth to become stuck (impacted) as they try to come through, so you end up with dental pain and a risk of infection. If you would like to discuss possible wisdom tooth extraction procedure options please give our friendly team a call on (02) 9416-4809 to book an appointment at our practice. We can accommodate routine and emergency dental situations. Our dental practice has plenty of offsite parking for ease of access.
Dr Kristian van Mourik has performed oral surgery for a number of Sydneysiders. He has the skills and experience required to solve a number of dental problems that your wisdom teeth can cause, such as:
An impacted wisdom tooth can put pressure on neighbouring teeth and can cause pain which may radiate up to your ear and down your throat.
Impacted wisdom tooth often become infected, causing red swollen gums and radiating dental pain. Infection can also cause bad breath, difficulty swallowing, bad taste in your mouth and generally feeling unwell. Severe infections can cause pus collections which can spread to lungs and heart and become life threatening. Dr van Mourik has years of experience performing routine and emergency surgical procedures.
Cyst formation is common around unerupted teeth. Cysts can displace a tooth and cause damage to bone, gums and teeth.
Food can become trapped between your wisdom tooth and the neighbouring tooth and is difficult to remove. This can cause cavities in both teeth.
One of the more common dental related issues, sometimes a wisdom tooth grows out of your gum sideways, so it rubs against the inside of your cheek and can cause an ulcer.
If your wisdom teeth are infected, antibiotic treatment can help for treating the infection in the short term. However, the infection will most likely come back again. Sometimes these infections can become complicated and spread to your chest and heart. If you have other health problems, you’re more likely to experience complications from infected wisdom teeth. Oral surgery can be an excellent long term solution.
A tooth which has come completely through the gums and is easy to keep clean may not cause trouble and will not need treating or extraction. To learn more about we we recommend to remove read our guide on do I need my wisdom teeth removed?
When you’re young, your tooth roots aren’t fully formed and the surrounding bone is softer. This means you can expect faster healing and less postoperative discomfort. Contact Dr van Mourik if you would like to discuss an overview of the procedure and associated pricing.
Dr van Mourik is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who performs wisdom tooth removal in private hospital’s under general anaesthetic, or in his private rooms located in Lindfield under intravenous (IV) sedation and/or local anaesthetic.
Dr van Mourik will discuss the options with you and the choice of venue will depend on the number of teeth to be removed, the difficulty of the extraction surgery, your general health and your personal preference.
Some dental practitioners employ a nurse sedationist to perform IV sedation. For safety reasons, Dr van Mourik always uses a local anaesthetist who is a specially trained medical doctor when performing wisdom teeth removal surgery.
Wisdom teeth removal for a full set of wisdom teeth can take 15 to 45 minutes depending on the complexity of the surgery. Oral surgeon, Dr van Mourik, will first make an incision in your gum. A small portion of bone may be removed, and the tooth may be divided into pieces to make it easier to remove.
The procedure is trickier than extracting other teeth because they’re at the back of your mouth and access needed to remove the tooth is limited. Major arteries and nerves lie right next to your lower wisdom teeth. Before any teeth are removed, the surgery is carefully designed to minimise the amount of trauma to the jaw bone and risk of injury to nearby nerves, blood vessels and other teeth.
Wisdom Teeth Day Surgery
If you’ve had your surgery performed under general anaesthetic or intravenous sedation you will require someone to assist you get home. If done under local anaesthetic you can drive home yourself.
Treating Dental Pain
Normal painkillers such as Nurofen® and Panadol® are usually all you’ll need. An icepack can help reduce any swelling or pain.
Returning to Work/School
Most people return to work 1 to 4 days after surgery, while a few have to take 1 to 2 weeks off. This will depend on the number of wisdom teeth being extracted, the extent of the surgery and your general health.
Stitches after tooth extraction
Disolving stitches are used in most cases. They gradually dissolve over 1 to 2 weeks.
Diet after having your wisdom teeth removed
Soft food diet for 3 to 4 days after surgery. By 1 to 2 weeks after surgery you’ll most likely be eating and drinking normally.
Wisdom Tooth extraction follow up
Dr van Mourik will want to see you after your extractions to monitor your healing.
Dr Van Mourik will give you detailed post-operative instructions during your initial consultation. To maximise your chance of making a quick recovery without complications, please pay careful attention to these instructions. General information can be found on the Post-op and Patient Care page or in our online Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery Guide.
Please contact our friendly staff on (02) 9416 4809 who will be happy to assist with any wisdom teeth removal questions you have and book an appointment. Dr van Mourik’s practice has plenty of offsite parking and all applicable pricing is discussed at time of consultation.
It’s unusual to have complications if you get a skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeon to remove your wisdom teeth.
The procedure, like all invasive procedures does have some potential risks and complications:
Any surgical or invasive dental procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriate qualified health practitioner.
This can be based on a number of factors. Many patients like to know whether the cost is covered by Medicare. Medicare will in fact reimburse you for part of your initial consultation cost.
Dr van Mourik will give you a written quote for the cost of your wisdom tooth extraction surgery at the initial consultation. We’ll also help you make applicable Medicare and private health insurance claims so that you’ll know how much of the cost will be covered.
If an anaesthetist is involved in your teeth extraction surgery, we’ll give you contact details for the anaesthetist so you can obtain their fee schedule. Medicare and private health insurance will cover part of the anaesthetist’s costs.
Only a specialist oral and maxillofacial surgeon can provide the full scope and widest options of both in-rooms and hospital-based dental implant procedures.
They have the highest level of training and skills for wisdom tooth extraction, this leads to better quality surgery. They can confidently perform more complicated surgeries such as those involving bone grafts.
Because oral and maxillofacial surgeons have medical training, they can manage your other medical conditions (not just wisdom tooth extractions) and medications to decrease risk. If a complication does occur, they have the skills to manage it.
Because Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons are medically trained, they only operate under hospital grade sterilisation protocol (carried out in accordance with AS/NZS 4815:2006 standard). If you want your wisdom teeth procedure to be the safest it can be, utilise the services of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
When intravenous sedation or general anaesthetic is required they always use specialist anaesthetists.
Dr van Mourik is a highly experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon who specialises in wisdom teeth extractions. He explains things clearly and he’s a good listener, so do ask him questions and tell him about any concerns you have — he’ll take the time to answer and manage your concerns sensitively. Make an appointment at his practice, with plenty of off-street parking to discuss options and costs.