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Wisdom Teeth Removal at Thornbury Family Dental

Wisdom Tooth Removal ThornburyMost people have four wisdom teeth—two in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw. Also called “third molars”, wisdom teeth begin developing in the teenage years and may continue into a person’s late 20s. Though wisdom teeth may not cause perceptible problems, they could require removal due to potential complications or progressive issues.

Reasons Why Extraction May Be Required

At Thornbury Family Dental, we will be able to determine if wisdom teeth are healthy and in the correct positions. Our dentists will examine the area and may take X-rays to assess the situation under the gum and bone. This evaluation process as well as how the patient feels will help determine if the wisdom teeth should be removed.

The main reasons that most people who opt to have the procedure done:

  • Are experiencing pain or discomfort
  • Have Impaction (not enough space/stuck behind other teeth)
  • Have cysts or tumours or other pathology
  • May notice the wisdom teeth not coming through straight
  • May have damage to adjacent teeth
  • Have be experiencing gum disease
  • May have tooth decay

Helping Our Patients Stay Comfortable

If removal is necessary, we will present our patients with information on an array of options to help keep you comfortable through the procedure. These include local anaesthetic, intravenous sedation in the dental chair, or under general anaesthetic in a hospital.


My wisdom teeth aren’t bothering me or causing any issues. Why should I have them removed?

Many complications that occur may not cause issues until later stages, when pain/discomfort usually results.

What do I need to do to consider when deciding to have my wisdom tooth extraction?

Recovery time is what may likely affect your daily life – this may range from a few days to a few weeks depending on various factors.

How should I take care of the extraction site after the procedure?

Your dentist will give you detailed post-operative instructions, which include keeping the area clean to prevent infection. As you may experience some discomfort during recovery, your dentist may prescribe pain medication.

Will insurance cover wisdom teeth removal?

Though we accept all major funds, wisdom teeth removal may or may not be covered. If your policy doesn’t cover the procedure, we offer convenient payment plans.

Want To Learn More?

If you’re wondering if your wisdom teeth need to be removed, or just want to avoid unexpected pain or discomfort – contact our Thornbury office today to book an appointment!



Wisdom Teeth Removal Thornbury, Northcote |  (03) 9977 7858

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