- The placement of the wisdom tooth in the jaw
The abnormalities in the alignment of the tooth with the jaw and its way of piercing into the gum determine the difficulty of the extraction process and may also impact wisdom teeth removal cost in Sydney. Generally, tooth that is leaning forward and upright is much easier to remove than the one that is tilted horizontally.
- Type of impaction
An erupted tooth (the ones which have penetrated completely through the gums) is much easier to extract than an impacted one. Bony impactions (tooth that is partially or completely encased in jawbone) are more complex than the soft-tissue impactions. Wisdom teeth removal cost in Sydney will vary based on the problem and the type of impaction too.
- Depth of the tooth
The depth of the wisdom tooth with respect to its neighbours (the second molars) is also used to estimate the difficulty level of the extraction process. When the tooth is positioned deeper, then the dentist is forced to remove more bone tissue. As a result, the surgical area has a larger wound and the healing process takes a much longer time. Also the chance of potential problems like dry socket, sinuses and damage to the nerves in the case of deeply rooted impacted wisdom teeth. All these factors ultimately shoot up the wisdom teeth removal Sydney cost for the patient.
- The anatomy of the root of wisdom tooth
The wisdom tooth has multiple roots (2 or 3 based on its location) and these roots may be separate and distinct or fused together. The anatomy of the roots also determines the difficulty level of the extraction process. For instance, tooth with partially formed roots can be easily extracted and wisdom teeth removal cost in Sydney in this case is relatively low. Another important feature of the root is its curvature. If the curvature facilitates easy extraction then the process can be completed easily.
- Age of the patient
As the patient ages, the tooth becomes fully formed and extraction becomes difficult. Experts recommend patients to remove the wisdom tooth between the age of 18 and 25 as only two-thirds of the tooth is formed until then and manipulating the surgery is easier too.
Having your wisdom teeth removed can be quite a task. While some people fear the occurrence of dry socket (only 5% of patients suffer from this problem), post the surgery, most patients are worried about the pain and complexities that occur during the extraction process. However the extraction process varies from one patient to another and in order to assess the level of difficulty of extraction the following factors must be considered.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before Proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriate qualified health practitioner.
Dr Paulo Pinho is the director of Wisdom Teeth Professionals and works in collaboration with oral surgeons and dentist to provide safe and low Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost.