For the patient

From check ups, orthodontics, extractions to cosmetic dentistry, we offer all dental services to ensure our Kikada Lane practices meet your every need.

GENERAL and restorative procedures

Regular check ups

Kikada Lane associated dental practices are dedicated to promoting excellent oral health to both children and adults so they have the best opportunity to achieve a lasting, healthy smile for life.

Regular dental check-ups can prevent the need for major dental work in the future and are far more cost-effective than allowing problems to go on unobserved. Check-ups, cleans and associated services are often subsidised or provided with ‘no-gaps’ to members of private health insurance funds who have extras or ancillary cover.

Six-monthly dental visits facilitate check-ups that prevent dental decay. Children as young as three years of age are advised to visit the dentist for a regular check-up and clean so that they become familiarised with their local dental clinic to help maximise their chances of achieving lifelong dental health.

What happens at your regular check up?
The dentist and dental assistant will usually ask if you have any specific concerns or issues with your teeth, gums or the appearance of your smile. They will then assess the current condition of your teeth and gums.

The dentist may request that digital dental x-rays be taken of your teeth and gums during your check-up.

There are three types of x-rays that your dentist may suggest:

  • Small dental x-ray—for individual teeth.
  • OPG—a full mouth x-ray.
  • 3-D cone beam x-ray—shows the very fine detail of all structures of the jaw in a three-dimensional view. For more extensive treatment planning, the dentist may obtain study models of upper and lower teeth and/or digital photographs of your face and teeth. As part of your ongoing dental maintenance program, your dentist may offer a scale and clean to remove tartar build-ups. A professionally applied fluoride application will assist in the reduction of dental decay and decrease the sensitivity of your teeth.

Teeth cleaning

A professional clean, also known as a ‘scale and clean’, is designed to remove plaque and tartar that is unable to be removed with normal everyday brushing at home. Such routines will help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

For patients with private health insurance including dental cover, the cost of teeth cleaning is often covered by the health fund’s preventive dental benefits. This often means patients will have no or very limited out of pocket costs associated with a professional scale and clean. Further information on what your fund covers is available from your individual health fund.

Crowns

A custom-made dental crown fits over a prepared natural tooth and replaces the natural crown, which is the part of the tooth that is visible above the gums. Dental crowns not only improve the appearance of a patient’s smile, but can add stability, strength, and functionality.

Kikada Lane associated dental clinics offer patients the opportunity to restore their smile and enhance functionality with custom-made dental crowns.
Dental crowns are a customised restoration that fits over the prepared existing natural tooth and replaces the natural crown, which is the part of the tooth that is visible above the gums. Dental crowns can be used for strength, tooth stability, oral functionality or for cosmetic reasons to enhance the appearance of a tooth.

Dental crowns are often required when a tooth has been severely distressed and is no longer structurally sound. This can be as a result of tooth decay, a trauma, previous root canal therapy or even general wear over time. This cosmetic dental treatment can also be used to brighten and improve the appearance of a patient’s smile by covering broken, chipped, stained or discoloured teeth or by modifying the shape of a tooth. Dental crowns are personalised for each individual patient and can be matched to existing teeth making them a favourable cosmetic dental treatment option.

What’s involved in creating dental crowns?
Constructing a dental crown generally requires two appointments with your dentist. During the first appointment the existing tooth is prepared to receive a dental crown, impressions are taken and a temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth.

At the next visit, the temporary crown is removed and replaced by the new custom-made dental crown. The new crown is adjusted and cemented into place, providing a more long term natural-looking aesthetic solution.
Dental crowns can be constructed from a range of materials. Your dentist will discuss which material will be most appropriate for your individual situation.
The cost of crowns does vary depending on the type of crown required. Your dentist will be able to provide you with an estimated fee prior to completing any treatment.

Dental implants

Dental implants can be thought of as man-made roots that are securely anchored in the jaw.

They are cylindrical devices made of medical-grade titanium which are placed in the site of a missing tooth or teeth where they physically bond with the bone and are capped with a ceramic crown that matches existing teeth.

Dental implants are now widely utilised to:

  • Replace a single tooth (or many single teeth using one implant per tooth) with a ceramic crown secured to the top of the implant to give the appearance and function of a natural tooth.
  • Secure a full or partial implant supported ceramic fixed bridge.
  • Retain removable dentures to prevent movement and dramatically improve the stability.

Dental implants provide ‘new teeth’ for people who have lost natural adult teeth.

Dentures


Dentures are one alternative to replacing missing or lost teeth. This cosmetic dental treatment can assist people to feel more confident when smiling and enhance the ability to function and eat a wide range of foods.

There are three types of dentures:

  1. A full denture replaces all the natural teeth. These dentures rest on the gums of either your upper or lower jaw, or both. A full set of dentures helps provide support to your facial structure allowing your lips and cheeks to look fuller, resulting in a younger, healthier appearance.
  2. A partial denture replaces lost or missing teeth and is usually retained by clasps around your existing teeth. Replacing missing teeth will make eating easier and provide you with a more confident smile. These dentures can have a plastic or chrome base for added strength.
  3. Implant retained dentures are a popular alternative to conventional dentures. An implant retained denture replaces one or more single teeth and is held in place by dental implants secured within the jaw.

Implant retained dentures provide a better ability to eat and enjoy foods like steak, raw fruits and vegetables. They also give you increased confidence as the dentures are stable and secure.

What is involved in an implant retained denture?


Step 1: An examination and x-ray are undertaken to determine the suitability and the best implant system for use in your individual situation.

Step 2: Placement of implants.

Step 3: Once the implant has integrated into your jawbone, attachments are screwed onto the implant head and also into a new denture.

Tooth extraction

While tooth extraction is not usually the first option for treating dental disorders, sometimes a tooth may need to be removed.

Why would I need a tooth extraction?

Some of the reasons why a tooth may need to be removed include:

  • Significant decay or damage to the tooth
  • Gum disease
  • To improve appearance, such as with orthodontic treatment
  • Extensive tooth cracks
  • Poor positioning or functionality

Tooth extraction can be completed in the dental chair using a local anaesthetic, under intravenous sedation in the dental chair or under general anaesthetic in a private hospital. The extraction procedure may or may not involve surgery. The procedure will be determined by a patient’s health, age, the location of the tooth and the complexity of the root formation. Your dentist will discuss the best treatment options for you, and will require an x-ray of the tooth concerned in order to view the root location and formation, and the density of the supporting bone.

Once a tooth has been removed, your dentist will provide you with the treatment options available for replacing the lost tooth. This may include options such as implants, fixed bridges or dentures.

As with all types of surgery, dental extractions have associated risks and possible post operative complications. These will be discussed with you prior to the commencement of any procedure.

The cost of having a tooth extracted or removed varies depending on the tooth and the complexity of the extraction procedure. Your dentist will provide you with a treatment plan outlining the cost of the treatment prior to treatment.

Cosmetic procedures

Teeth whitening


Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry procedure which can lighten the colour of teeth. This procedure is safe when completed by a dental practitioner that can lighten stained or discoloured teeth.

Tobacco, coffee, tea, alcohol, food additives, some developmental blemishes and natural ageing all contribute to the discolouring and yellowing of teeth. While a professional dental clean can remove some staining, Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental treatment that can provide patients with great results that whiten the colour of teeth that have discoloured over time. Teeth whitening, if maintained correctly, can leave patients with results that last. As teeth whitening agents have varying levels of peroxide in them, all procedures should only be carried out by qualified dentists who use a clinically proven cosmetic dental treatment.

What’s involved in teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening procedures are typically carried out at home by the patient following a consultation with a dentist. Teeth whitening may not be appropriate for all patients, so before commencing any teeth whitening procedure it is best to discuss expected outcomes and time frames with a dentist.

Where appropriate, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth to prepare a custom-made ultra-thin mouth tray. The tray is used to hold the bleaching gel close to the teeth. Whitening gel is placed in the tray which is then worn for up to 2 hours a day. Results are usually seen within two weeks. Your dentist will advise you on how long to wear the tray both initially and for maintenance.

In some circumstances, teeth whitening procedures are provided in the dental chair by your dentist. Teeth whitening gel is placed on the teeth and the whitening process is activated by the use of a clinically proven ultraviolet light. Check with your local Dental Clinic to see which procedures are available and most appropriate for you.

The cost of teeth whitening will vary depending on the type of procedure. Your dentist will be able to provide you with a cost estimate prior to any treatment.

Veneers

Veneers involve a cosmetic dentistry procedure in which thin tooth-coloured porcelain or composite resin facings are bonded to the front of one or more teeth. Veneers are a more moderate approach in comparison to dental crowns and can be a realistic option for patients with the following dental anxieties:

  • broken or chipped teeth
  • stained or discoloured teeth
  • gaps between teeth
  • crowded teeth
  • crooked, misshaped or misaligned teeth

TEETH ALIGNMENT

Invisalign

The aim of the Invisalign process is to correct orthodontic problems by aligning the teeth and jaw.

With the Invisalign system, the traditional metal braces attached to the teeth are replaced. The system works with clear trays that are removable. As the patient progresses through the program, the trays (called ‘aligners’) get tighter fitting, moving teeth into the required position to create a beautifully straight smile!

When might Invisalign be recommended by my dentist?

Invisalign may be an option if:

  • Teeth are overcrowded
  • There are gaps between teeth
  • There is an overbite, underbite, open or crossbite

Benefits of Invisalign

  • Many adults avoid traditional orthodontics for aesthetic reasons. As an adult it can be embarrassing to have to wear metal braces – wearing Invisalign avoids this problem. The aligners are clear and barely noticeable when in the mouth.
  • If the patient has an occasion like a wedding or work function, the Invisalign aligners can be removed easily for the event – this is much more difficult to achieve with metal braces.
  • Invisalign aligners can be removed to eat and drink, and to brush and floss your teeth – reducing the traditional problem of having to be careful with what foods you consume, having food stuck in braces and the difficulty of cleaning teeth with braces on. Being able to brush and floss the teeth without the hindrance of braces, may also reduce the chance of tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Invisalign aligners are made of plastic, so the irritation and pain sometimes caused by metal braces will not occur.
  • Invisalign may involve a shorter time period than traditional braces, but this will depend on the individual patient.

What is the Invisalign process?

Step One: Invisalign consultation with the Dentist.
Meet with a Kikada Lane Dentist to discuss what you would like to achieve with your smile. The Dentist will be able to advise if you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign. If you are, impressions of your teeth will be taken and sent off to Invisalign for processing.

Step Two: Invisalign treatment plan
The impressions on your teeth will be turned into a computerised 3D representation by Invisalign. Based on your Dentist’s treatment plan, the Invisalign team will show how your teeth will change during the program and what final results you can expect.

Step Three: Invisalign aligners
Once your treatment plan has been agreed upon, the aligners are made by Invisalign. Aligners are generally worn for 2 weeks before you progress to the next stage. The number of aligners needed depends on the patient.

Step Four: The treatment process begins.
Invisalign aligners should be worn for around 20-22 hours per day – only removed to eat, drink or clean your teeth. Progress checks with your Dentist are usually required every 4-6 weeks. Depending on your smile, the program may take between 9 and 18 months to complete.

Cost of Invisalign
The cost of Invisalign can vary depending on the amount of work that is required, but is almost comparable to what you might pay for traditional orthodontic appliances. Once you have a consultation with a Pacific Smiles Dental Dentist they will be able to provide you with a cost for the treatment. If you have dental health insurance with orthodontic cover, Invisalign is generally covered. Speak with your health insurer for clarification.

Orthodontics

We understand the importance of how straight teeth can improve a patients smile self-esteem and confidence.

Orthodontics is a field of dentistry that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of dental and facial irregularities in children and adults.

Orthodontists specialise in the design, placement and maintenance of remedial appliances, such as braces or dental aligners, to align teeth, lips and jaws to achieve facial balance and straight teeth.

Kikada Lane Dental understands the importance of how straight teeth can influence one’s appearance and overall confidence and self-esteem. Orthodontics not only provides positive cosmetic results but can also play an important role in reducing the need for future dental treatment.

Crooked and crowded teeth are often more difficult to clean and maintain which can contribute to conditions that cause tooth decay along with eventual gum disease and tooth loss. Other orthodontic problems can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function and excessive stress on gum and bone. In addition, misalignment of the jaw joint can even cause chronic headaches or pain in the face or neck.

Children and adults alike can benefit from orthodontic treatment as healthy teeth can be moved at almost any age. It is however recommended that all children have an orthodontic screening no later than age seven, as some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if treated early.

Orthodontic treatment can have a positive influence on the following dental problems

  • Crowding of teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Protruding upper teeth
  • Underbite or lower protrusion
  • Open or crossbite
  • Deep overbite

Custom-made appliances such as braces and other devices are prescribed and designed by the orthodontist according to the problem being treated. By providing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces can slowly move teeth through their supporting bone to a more desirable position.

SPECIALIST dentistry

Periodontics

Periodontics is the specialist area of dentistry that deals with gums and the surrounding supporting structures of teeth and implants, including bone.

A periodontist is a dentist with specialised training in caring for gums and supporting structures.

The health of the gums and bone supporting teeth and implants is vital to maintain a functional and aesthetic smile. Periodontal (or gum) disease is an inflammation and infection of the gums and supporting structures of teeth and is caused by a build-up of plaque on teeth. The plaque contains bacteria which can damage the gums and supporting structures if not removed on a regular basis.

The early stages of gum disease is called Gingivitis. This is a reversible inflammation of the gums which is ordinarily treated by the removal of plaque and calculus via good oral hygiene habits (brushing and flossing). Where the plaque is not removed regularly gingivitis can progress to a more chronic inflammation called periodontitis. Periodontitis can lead to irreversible damage to the gums and supporting structures and gums may recede from the teeth. If both the gums and bone recede, teeth can become loose and can eventually be lost. Once periodontal disease advances to more advanced stages, professional intervention is necessary to help prevent its progress.

Who needs to visit a periodontist?

The management of gum disease is determined by the stage of the disease, but generally involves cleaning and disinfection of the soft tissues surrounding the teeth. In advanced stages, periodontists may perform surgical procedures to assist treatment outcomes. Periodontal procedures may include scaling and careful root cleaning, periodontal surgery, the placement of dental implants, bone and gum grafting, crown lengthening, gum lifts and other cosmetic gum surgery.

Periodontal disease has been implicated as an important risk factor in major systemic problems including heart disease and strokes. As such it is important to ensure the prevention of advanced and chronic gum disease. Home care and good oral hygiene protocols are an important part of a periodontal treatment plan.

The cost of periodontal treatment is determined by each patient’s individual requirements. All patients will receive a detailed treatment plan and estimate of fees prior to any treatment commencing.

A referral from your dentist is not required to make an appointment with a periodontist.

Prosthodontics

Prosthodontics is the specialty of dentistry devoted to replacing missing teeth or repairing and restoring natural teeth.

Why would I need to see a prosthodontist?

You may be referred to a prosthodontist if you need treatment for any of the following dental situations:

  • An interest in improving your dental appearance and smile (cosmetic dental care)
  • Replacement of missing or unrestorable teeth
  • Rehabilitation/alteration of your occlusion (bite)
  • Restoration of teeth and surrounding tissues damaged by decay, trauma, erosion or general wear and tear
  • Treatment of orofacial pain or sleep apnoea
  • Management and coordination of complex treatment plans
  • Dental treatment associated with oral cancer

The treatment provided by prosthodontists may include the provision of restorations (fillings), dentures (full or partial dentures), fixed crowns or bridges, veneers and/or implants.

Prosthodontists often coordinate a team involving other specialist practitioners as required.

The cost of prosthodontic treatment is determined by each patient’s individual requirements. Following comprehensive diagnosis and discussion, and prior to commencement of treatment, patients will receive a detailed treatment plan and estimate of fees.

Root canals

Root Canal Treatment is a dental procedure that removes the nerve or dental pulp of the tooth. This is often required when the nerve of a tooth has been damaged by trauma or more commonly tooth decay.  Often Root Canal Therapy is the alternative to tooth extraction and is often required to retain/save a damaged tooth.

All dentists are trained in Root Canal Therapy procedures, however patients may also be referred to an Endodontist, a dental specialist who specialises in Root Canal Therapy procedures.

Root Canal Therapy may be required if the nerve or pulp of a tooth has become infected or irreversibly inflamed. Infections and inflammation can occur due to:

  • Dental decay
  • Dental trauma
  • A broken  filling or crown
  • Extreme wear
  • A tooth that has required extensive dental work – can be either acute or chronic in nature
  • Severe gum disease

Root Canal Therapy treatment removes the inflamed or infected pulp from the tooth. As part of the procedure the canal within each root which houses the nerve, is cleaned and prepared to accept a filling material which eventually fills the canals where the nerves were previously. The procedure may take more than one visit and antibacterial dressings may be placed into the tooth in between dental appointments to assist the healing process and to reduce any inflammation and infection.

A temporary filling is used to protect the tooth in between appointments.

Once the root canal therapy is finished your dentist may recommend placing a dental crown over the tooth to assist in protecting the tooth in the longer term.

The cost of root canal treatment will vary according to the number of root canals present in a tooth. All patients will receive a detailed treatment plan and estimate of fees prior to any treatment commencing.

Sleep dentistry

Kikada Lane Dental understands that dental visits can be overwhelming and can cause high levels of anxiety for some patients. Often this level of anxiety can discourage patients from visiting the dentist and thereby preventing them from obtaining treatment often required to improve their oral health.

A number of Kikada Lane Dental practice sites offer sleep dentistry procedures by appropriately trained practitioners. Patients can choose to undergo sleep dentistry by either sleeping through their dental treatment whilst under general anaesthetic in a private hospital, or via sedation in selected dental clinics.

As an alternative, to admission to a private hospital, sleep dentistry can also be carried out under sedation in a selected dental clinic. Sedation options available include relative analgesia such as nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) and intravenous sedation. Relative analgesia such as nitrous oxide is inhaled by the patient and assists in reducing anxiety. Intravenous sedation is administered by an anaesthetist or doctor with training in intravenous sedation, in the dental clinic and involves a combination of sedative and pain-relieving medicaments to create a drowsy and dream-like state of deep, calming relaxation for the entire duration of the dental procedure. Contact your local clinic to find out if they offer dental treatments under sedation.

Sleep dentistry offers patients benefits such as:

Sleeping through – General anaesthetic patients sleep through their entire dental procedure unaware of the sight, smell and sounds, easing fear, anxiety and discomfort. Patients receiving treatment under intravenous sedation experience a similar effect, without being asleep.

Comfort – patients are relieved of possible discomfort associated with long and complex procedures

Safety – patients can rest assure that their procedure is being managed with specialised equipment and personnel

Time effectiveness – patients can often have several/all necessary dental treatments completed in one session rather than multiple visits to the Dental Centre.

Children and adults alike can have most dental procedures performed via sleep dentistry including fillings, crowns, multiple extractions, removal of wisdom teeth and implant placements. A consultation with the anaesthetist is required to ensure patients are medically fit for sedation. Estimates for dental treatment using sleep dentistry can be provided at the time of consultation. Patients with Private Health Insurance should consult their insurer regarding any rebates/assistance for treatment provided under general anaesthetic in the hospital setting.

Dental emergencies


We understand that patients who are genuinely in a dental emergency need priority attention. That’s why we try to keep some space available in the appointment books every day for patients requiring an emergency dentist.

Most Kikada Lane partnership practices are open six days a week, with some clinics open Sundays, evenings and public holidays. This makes it easier for patients requiring emergency treatment to get an appointment when they need one.

Do you need an emergency dentist?
Dental emergencies can include:

  • toothaches
  • a chipped or broken tooth
  • a tooth being knocked out
  • denture repairs
  • sports injuries

What to do if a tooth is knocked out?
If the tooth is clean place it straight back in the socket. The tooth should be gripped by its upper end (the crown) not by the root.

If the tooth is dirty wash the tooth in milk or have the patient gently suck it clean before placing it back in the socket.

If it can’t be replaced, wrap the tooth in plastic wrap or store it in milk.

Visit your dentist immediately for an emergency appointment. The tooth should be replaced as soon as possible.

The cost of your emergency dental appointment will vary depending upon your individual dental needs. Your dentist will discuss expected costs with you at the time of your appointment.

Endodontics


Endodontics is the specialist sphere of dentistry that deals with diseases of the tooth foundation including the tooth root, dental pulp (nerve) and surrounding tissue.

Why would I need to see an endodontist?
Endodontists are dentists who have undertaken specialist training to manage complicated treatment involving the tooth foundation. While general dentists are trained in endodontic procedures, your dentist may refer you to an endodontist for more specialised care.

Teeth are composed of a hard outer structure composed of enamel and dentine surrounding a soft, living tissue called the pulp. More commonly referred to as the “nerve” of the tooth, the pulp can become diseased or injured and has limited capability to repair itself.

Dental decay, trauma, breakdown of a filling or crown, extreme wear, a crack or chip in the tooth, or gum disease can all lead to damage or infection of the pulp. Such infection can be either acute or chronic and can be painful. The most common procedure to treat pulp infections or disease is root canal therapy, which involves the removal of the diseased pulp tissue. This is a multi-stage procedure and can provide enormous relief to patients who are experiencing pain due to the infection within their tooth. When a tooth has an infected pulp, root canal therapy is required to save the tooth and to avoid the tooth being removed.

Endodontists perform their fine and detailed work using a sophisticated operating microscope.

The fee for endodontic treatment is determined by each individual patient’s requirements. All patients will receive a detailed treatment plan and estimate of fees prior to any treatment commencing.

Patients do not require a referral from their dentist to see an endodontist.

Gum disease


Patients with gum disease have an infection of the gums and or bone that surrounds and support their teeth. Gum disease can affect patients of all ages and is one of the major factors contributing to bad breath, tooth pain and tooth loss.

Gum disease is usually caused by a build-up of plaque and calculus on the teeth which comes about from poor oral hygiene and poor teeth cleaning.

Gum disease has two stages:

Stage 1 – Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease and is a result of the build-up of plaque along the surfaces of teeth closest to the gums. Plaque can also build up between teeth where it is more difficult to clean. Gingivitis is reversible.

Stage 2 – Periodontitis

Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease and can be quite destructive. Periodontitis can cause irreversible damage to the gums and supporting bone eventually resulting in tooth loss if left untreated.
The symptoms of gum disease

One of the first gum disease symptoms is often bleeding gums. Gums become inflamed and can also be tender and painful, red or swollen. Other gum disease symptoms can include bad breath and a bitter taste in the mouth upon waking after sleep. Gums that have shrunk from the teeth, abscesses between teeth and gums and loose teeth are symptoms of more advanced gum disease.

Gum disease treatment options
If you have any of the above gum disease symptoms it is best to make an appointment with your dentist. Your dentist will review your teeth and gums and let you know if you have gum disease and recommend the best treatment for you.

Gum disease treatment for gingivitis usually involves your dentist providing a thorough scale and clean to remove the plaque and calculus deposits. Your dentist will also provide you with information on how best to look after your teeth at home to prevent future gum disease symptoms.

For patients with periodontitis, a more extensive clean will be required. This cleaning may need to be completed over a number of appointments and may require local anaesthetic prior to the deep scaling and cleaning commencing.

Wisdom teeth extraction

Most people have 4 wisdom teeth: 2 in the upper jaw and 2 in the lower jaw. Some people do not develop all of their wisdom teeth and can be missing one or more. Wisdom teeth generally erupt into the mouth from about 18 years on.

Why is wisdom teeth removal necessary?

In many people there is not enough space at the rear of the jaws for wisdom teeth to fully erupt and be functional. When there is not enough space for the wisdom tooth to come through, the tooth becomes wedged or “impacted”. Impactions can involve just soft tissue (gum), or hard tissue (bone). Some fully buried wisdom teeth remain in place and cause no obvious trouble; however, many will eventually cause symptoms.

Your dentist may recommend wisdom teeth removal if there is not enough room for the tooth/teeth to erupt, you are in need of orthodontic treatment or if you are experiencing symptoms associated with the eruption/impaction of your wisdom teeth.

When a decision is made to proceed with wisdom teeth removal, it is best to have them removed while you are young. In young people, the roots are not fully formed and the surrounding bone is softer. This often allows for easier wisdom teeth removal which means less post-operative pain and faster healing. Early wisdom teeth removal is also recommended for the following reasons:

  1. To avoid further and more complicated impactions.
  2. To reduce the chance of infection from a partially erupted wisdom tooth.
  3. To remove any food traps created by a partially erupted wisdom tooth.
  4. To prevent harm to adjacent teeth.
  5. To avoid the formation of cysts.
  6. To reduce potential crowding and optimise orthodontic treatment by lessening the effects of pushing and crowding on remaining teeth as the wisdom teeth try to move forward or erupt.
  7. To remove or prevent problems like pain, swelling and/or infection associated with eruption/partial eruption of wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth that are left for a “wait and see approach” can be harder to remove at a later date and can result in a slower and more painful healing phase. There is also a greater chance of complications from the surgery required to remove them as the teeth are more likely to encroach on surrounding nerves as their roots develop fully.

What is the procedure for wisdom teeth removal?

Wisdom teeth can be removed under local anaesthetic in the Dentist’s chair, under intravenous sedation in the Dentist’s chair or under general anaesthetic in a hospital.

Procedures under local anaesthetic usually takes place in the Dentist’s rooms, and can be performed with or without oral sedatives, nitrous oxide sedation or intravenous sedation. A Local anaesthetic will remove any pain sensation, however people are still aware of the pressure and pushing (less so if sedated).

Intravenous sedation can also be performed in the Dentist’s rooms. A medical practitioner (Specialist Anaesthetist or a doctor with training in IV sedation) will attend the appointment and provide intravenous sedation. The sedation will assist with any anxiety and allow you to be treated in a relaxed state. The Dentist will still use local anaesthetic for pain control. The result is a “twilight sleep” with no recollection of the procedure.

The alternative option is wisdom teeth removal under general anaesthetic in a private hospital setting. Many people opt for a general anaesthetic so that they can sleep through the procedure and be totally unaware of any part of the experience.

In order for your Dentist to make a recommendation on whether you or your child should undergo wisdom teeth removal, a full mouth x-ray (OPG) will be required to assess the position, level of development and likelihood of normal eruption. Your Dentist will then be able to provide you with appropriate treatment options along with an estimate of associated costs.