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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Tooth Extractions

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Your enquiries are welcome and encouraged. When choosing a family dentist in the Alderley or Brisbane area, you are presented with many options, and we want you to feel utterly confident that you will not only receive great dentistry, but also the personalised patient care you deserve.

Some common questions we hear are listed below. If your specific question is not answered here, please do give us a call and our helpful team will provide you with the information you need.

We look forward to welcoming you to Alderley Dental.

Tooth Extractions

It’s very much a case-by-case basis, and we will take your desires and goals into account. We will first begin by taking x-rays of the wisdom teeth and determining the location of the roots and any complications that might arise during the extraction procedure. 

Generally, if you remove one wisdom tooth on one side, the other one on the same side is taken out at the same time or is soon to follow. The reason we may remove both wisdom teeth on one side at the same time is that it reduces the time the patient could be in pain and they can heal more quickly.

Removing Wisdom Teeth all at Once

Often, patients want to have their wisdom teeth out all at once. We can sometimes accommodate this goal and will let you know how many appointments may be required.

Reach Out with Wisdom Tooth Questions

If the wisdom teeth on both sides are causing issues, it could be a different story. It really comes back to assessing what needs to be taken out and why. Contact our Alderley dental clinic to arrange an appointment with one of our gentle dentists. They will be able to give you all the details necessary to make an informed choice regarding your wisdom teeth.

In most cases, yes, as it’s generally a sign that there’s not enough space for them to come through. Or the wisdom teeth could be having teething issues, just like when your first adult teeth came through – many of us don’t remember this feeling because it happened when we were a lot younger. As the wisdom teeth poke through the gums, they can sometimes be tender and can take a few weeks to erupt fully. It’s better to seek professional help than to wait and see on your own.

Oral Assessment Before Wisdom Tooth Extraction

It really comes down to an oral assessment to see which basket they fall into – whether it’s something we can keep an eye on, or whether there’s not enough space for them and there’s an infection forming, which means that tooth will need to come out. Digital dental x-rays will help us determine your options.

We Welcome Your Call to Our Alderley Clinic

The best way to find out if you need to have your wisdom tooth or teeth extracted is to contact our Alderley dental practice to arrange a booking for an evaluation. Our dentists have removed hundreds of wisdom teeth comfortably and successfully, protecting our patients’ smiles and oral health.

What can I take for wisdom teeth pain?

Generally, it’s a combination of Panadol and Nurofen; Panadol has paracetamol to help with the pain, while Nurofen is anti-inflammatory, so it helps keep down the swelling in the area. However, every individual is different, and we’ll tailor your medications to reduce your discomfort.

Looking after yourself and letting your body heal – from what is essentially surgery – goes a long way to reducing the post-operative impacts. Take it easy and make sure you’re not going out to play the night afterwards!

Will I be tired, sore and groggy?

For a good recovery, the timing of wisdom teeth extraction is important, as is resting adequately to ensure it’s all as seamless and pleasant as possible.

You can talk to the Alderley Dental team about your wisdom teeth pain and problems. Try to book it in during your holidays or quiet time. If you can’t, then the best time to do it is on a Friday, so you have the weekend to recover. By Monday or Tuesday, with the aid of minimum painkillers, patients have recovered well enough to get back to work and do what they need to do.

Have other questions about your wisdom teeth? Like to book an appointment? Please don’t hesitate to contact us or phone our friendly staff at Alderley Dental on 07 3856 2144.

These are your third set of molars, and they’re called ‘teeth of wisdom’ because they don’t emerge until you’re older. Not all wisdom teeth are bad or have to be removed, but it’s critical that you get them assessed to understand what’s going on. Some people never end up getting them at all.

What Age Do They Come Through?

Generally, wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 17 and 24. We can detect a developing wisdom tooth on an x-ray as early as the age of 13 or 14.

Monitoring Development

For younger patients – we’re talking 15, 16, 17 – we monitor their wisdom teeth to see what happens. It’s best to keep an eye on them with dental check-ups than wait for them to cause problems.

We can make a better judgement, a definitive diagnosis, when a patient gets older – 18 to early 20s. It’s generally at this age when wisdom teeth have been exposed to the mouth for a number of years that you can determine the anatomy of that particular area.

Then we ask: Will this wisdom tooth catch food, promote infection or come through in the right place? To arrange an evaluation to determine if your wisdom teeth need extraction, contact Alderley Dental.

If there’s no pain

You should still see a dentist for regular check-ups and x-rays on your developing wisdom teeth. Not all wisdom teeth are bad or have to be removed, but it’s critical that you get them assessed to understand what’s going on with them.

As soon as the pain starts

If you don’t have these check-ups, then you’re only going to know about them when they cause a problem – pain is the first sign of an infection. To start, they can get quite sore towards the back of your mouth, top or bottom, and make it difficult to open and close it. 

Radiating pain

You’ll notice significant radiating pain coming from the back of your mouth and jaw. It might start as a mild ache, building intensity over time. This can come and go or be constant pain that can last for two to three weeks, sometimes longer.

“I can’t even think” pain

Eventually, the pain will develop into a shocking, throbbing pain. This can happen overnight or even within a few hours. If the wisdom tooth that’s coming through doesn’t have enough space, a little pocket can grow over it and bacteria can get trapped, causing an infection and severe pain.

Bad taste

This is another sign of infection, which builds up, then releases and drains from the tooth into your mouth. The infection hasn’t gone, though. Episodes of this will continue until the source of infection – the wisdom tooth – is removed.

If it isn’t, then it gives the infection a chance to come back. It can get quite severe and cause significant problems for some people, as the infection can drain to other places such as the neck, causing difficulty breathing or swallowing, or under the eye area. That can be quite an issue.

Strange smell

The infection is accumulating in your mouth.

Headaches and earaches

When you have bad enough wisdom tooth pain, it can radiate into your head and feel like a headache or travel up to your ear.


As with any infection, it has the possibility of causing fever.

Every Patient Is an Individual

Some people ask whether they can potentially avoid or lessen surgery costs by having their wisdom teeth taken out early.

This could happen, to some degree, but importantly, the assessment and position of the wisdom tooth will dictate whether we start talking about surgery.

When a Wisdom Tooth Looks Troublesome

If you leave it untreated, it can cause decay on the other teeth and more serious problems.

Unsure Whether Your Wisdom Tooth Needs to Come Out?

Call Alderley Dental at our practice on Brisbane’s northside to discuss your situation. Call our office on (07) 3856 2144 today.

No. First, you’ll be given a local anaesthetic, which is administered with a needle as gently as possible. The anaesthetic will numb the area that we’re working on. After that, you’ll feel a lot of pressure in your mouth, but you won’t feel any pain.

What can I do? I’m scared about being awake through it.

When a patient is having wisdom teeth or any other teeth taken out, they can feel like they’re not in control. We like to mention to them is that they’re the ones in charge. If they need a break or to stop for any reason, they can just pop a hand up, and we’ll pause.

We also have a TV and a lot of people distract themselves from it. You can put on whatever you like to watch, and we’ll make you as comfortable as possible. You can even bring along your own DVD.

However, if the patient is traumatised by it all, then we’d much rather them have a happier experience. We can give them a relaxant such as Valium before the procedure.

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