Is Wisdom Teeth Removal Painful?

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Hi! I’m Dr Michael Cai, the principal dentist here at Pitt St Dental Centre in Sydney CBD.

Yesterday morning, our regular patient, Rita from Chatswood, came into the practice and mentioned that she had been experiencing a severe toothache. She knew it was her wisdom tooth; she said, “Hey Michael, I wanted to get rid of this toothache and remove the wisdom tooth, but I’m pretty scared. Is it painful?”

That’s a question we often get asked, so I decided to make this short video sharing with you what I shared with Rita.

So, the reality of wisdom teeth removal is that it’s often misunderstood. With the advancements in dental anesthetics and procedures, wisdom teeth extraction can be performed with minimal pain and discomfort.

Picture this: you’re comfortably seated with a bit of numbing gel applied, your favourite relaxing music playing or a movie running in the background. We administer an ample amount of local anesthetic and then begin the extraction process. The procedure is quick, typically a few minutes, and painless. You may experience some slight tugging, or pressure, but that’s it.

Once the tooth or teeth have been removed, the recovery process usually unfolds without much issue.

However, some cases may be more complex. If your wisdom teeth are deeply impacted, or growing in at an awkward angle under the gum, the procedure involves opening up the gum and removing the tooth in sections. But don’t worry, we take extra measures to ensure you’re comfortable, and we can offer twilight sedation if you want.

Is Wisdom Teeth Removal Painful in Sydney - Pitt Street Dental Centre
After the extraction, we provide the necessary medications and pain management to help ensure a smooth recovery. Generally, you should expect to return to your normal routine within about a week.

But what about the timeframe of the procedure? Well, a routine wisdom tooth removal can see you bouncing back within a couple of days. And in more complex cases where we’re removing all four teeth, we’re able to complete the procedure within an hour and the recover can take up to a week.

We’ve incorporated PRF as part of the wisdom teeth removal treatment. PRF stands for Platelet-rich fibrin injection, which helps stimulate healing. Essentially, we draw a patient’s blood, spin it in a centrifuge to separate the platelets, and use them to accelerate healing, minimise swelling, reduce recovery time, and lessen the risk of nerve injury.

Celebrities like the Kardashians even use this same method for facial rejuvenation and in various oral surgical procedures such as bone grafting and, of course, wisdom teeth removal. And yes, we do all of that right here, on-site, within the hour of your procedure.

So there you have it, wisdom teeth removal may sound intimidating, but with today’s technology and techniques, we can ensure it’s a swift and comfortable experience.

I hope this gives you a better understanding of wisdom teeth removal. If you think your wisdom teeth could be causing you discomfort and want an expert opinion, we would love to look after you.

Here at Pitt St Dental Centre, we offer flexible payment options and assist you with the early release of your super to fund your dental treatment, so you can get the treatment you need faster.

Simply call us on 02 9223 4767, complete the booking form on our website, or send us a DM on social media, and we’ll be in touch to help you organise your smile consultation. See you in the next video.


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