Wisdom Teeth Extraction

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom Teeth are the molars located at the very back of the mouth on the top and bottom jaw at the entrance to your throat. They are often referred to as third molars and typically come through between the ages of 18 and 25 years, when you are typically gaining wisdom, hence the name.

Why would I need my Wisdom Teeth removed?

There are multiple reasons why wisdom teeth may need to be extracted:

  • Insufficient space to develop
  • Decay/Cavities
  • Recurring gum infections
  • Jaw damage
  • Impacting
  • Orthodontic issues
  • Sinus issues

When is the best time to get wisdom teeth extracted?

The best age to remove wisdom teeth is the mid to late teens – when the roots are not fully developed. This can reduce the risk of nerve damage. You can still have your wisdom teeth extracted later in life if need be. Your dentist will advise you during a routine check-up if you require your wisdom teeth to be removed.

When is the best time to get wisdom teeth extracted?

At Cairns Dental Anaesthetic Centre, your wisdom tooth removal procedure will be done under general anaesthetic so you won’t feel a thing during the procedure. In addition to improving comfort, the anaesthetic allows us to remove all your wisdom teeth in one appointment rather than multiple appointments where general anaesthetic is not used.

How long will it take to recover from Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

Generally, you should expect it to take a few days to recover from having your wisdom teeth removed. Some swelling and discomfort is to be expected. Your dentist will prescribe pain relief medicine to manage any pain in the following days. It is advisable to take a few days off work.

What if I have a dental phobia or anxiety?

At Cairns Dental Anaesthetic Centre, we are passionate about working with you to minimise your anxiety around your dental appointments and treatments. Being under general anaesthetic will ensure you are unconscious during the procedure.