Wisdom Tooth Removal – Know the Facts

When a surgery is performed to extract one or more wisdom tooth it’s called wisdom tooth extraction. The wisdom teeth are four adult teeth that erupt at the back ends of your mouth on the upper and lower jaw lines.

If there is scarcity of place for wisdom tooth to erupt through the gum it pains and may lead to infection or various other associated dental issues. Due to these reasons the wisdom teeth are removed surgically.

Wisdom Tooth Removal

Why It Is needed?

A wisdom tooth may create problem to nearby teeth or any other dental issues. It is also necessary to extract these teeth to ward off any future dental problem. Wisdom teeth can bring several issues including:

  • They may become impacted if your jaw cannot provide space for them to erupt through your gums.
  • These teeth may come out partially through your gums, allowing a piece of gum tissue to develop over them. Food particles and germs may get sandwiched within the flap leading to red, painful and swollen gums.
  • The problem could be more severe at times due to impacted teeth, like infection, harm to other bone and teeth or a cyst development.
  • It may try to break through the gums at an unusual angle harming other teeth in the proximity.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure

Prior to Tooth Extraction, your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the location of the tooth. Your dentist may also apply general anesthetic if more than one wisdom tooth has to be removed as general anesthetic would prevent the feeling of pain throughout the procedure. Your dentist may also instruct you to stop eating 8-10 hours prior to the surgery for making you ready for the anesthetic.

The dentist will create a small incision in the gum tissues of the teeth to remove any bone that might be covering your tooth. Then the tissues that connect the tooth to the bone are separated to extract the tooth. Often the dentist also breaks the tooth into pieces for easy removal.

Once the tooth is taken out, stitches may be required to close the incision. There are stitches that dissolve with time and a few may require to be removed after some days. A small piece of folded cotton gauze will be slipped over the wound to stop bleeding.

Post Surgery Care

In the majority of cases, the recovery period is not long! You will be prescribed painkillers. You would be instructed to take the following measures for expeditious recuperation:

  • Bite softly the gauze occasionally, and keep replacing the pads with new ones as they get soaked with blood. You should contact your dentist if the bleeding did not stop after 24 hours of surgery.
  • Be cautious not to bite any inner part of your mouth as your mouth will remain numb for some time.
  • If you wish to lie down, elevate your head using pillow as flat posture may promote bleeding.
  • Apply ice pack on the outer side of your mouth for 24 hours immediately after surgery. In next 2-3 days you should apply pad soaked in warm water to get relief from pain.
  • Avoid any physical stress as it may lead to bleeding.
  • You should have soft food or fluid to ease your gums like gelatin, soup, pudding etc. You can slowly add solid food with the recovery of gums.
  • Stop sucking straw for drinking purposes as it may weaken the process of blood clotting and harm the healing process.
  • After one day, rinse your mouth using warm salted water gently for many times to simmer down the swelling and getting relief from pain.
  • Smoking is prohibited for minimum 24 hours post surgery. It may delay clotting process, diminish the blood supply and can invite contaminant and germs to the surgery location causing harm.
  • Do not rub the surgery with your tongue or with fingers.
  • Don’t stop brushing your teeth, brush but carefully.

Risks Associated

Once the wisdom tooth is discarded, you may witness following signs:

  • Swelled and painful gums including the tooth opening from where the tooth has been extracted.
  • Bleeding may continue for more than 24 hours.
  • Problem in opening your mouth due to pain.
  • Slow-recuperating gums.
  • Effect on existing dental procedures, like bridges, crowns, roots or other tooth.
  • Inflammatory dry socket due to slow blood clotting that protects the gums.
  • Desensitized mouth and lips, even if the effect of local anesthetic subsides, because of injury or inflammation nerves in the jaw.

Are you confused whether your wisdom tooth is causing any trouble explained above? Schedule an appointment with Monash Dental, team of Melbourne dental surgeons, certified by the Australian Dental Examining Council, will diagnosis and evaluate the need of wisdom tooth removal.

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Dental Fillings

Why live with painful and unsightly cavities when you can have them filled by our dentists in a painless procedure!
In order to repair a cavity, the decayed portion of your tooth will be removed by your dentist. The portion of the tooth occupied by the decayed material will then be filled. Fillings are utilised to repair teeth that are broken, cracked, or that have cavities.

What Are The Steps For Filling Teeth?
Initially, a local anaesthetic will be injected into the area that surrounds the tooth. Novocaine is normally used. Then, a drill, laser, or air abrasion will be utilised to remove the area that is decayed. The type of instrument that is used will depend on the preference and training of your dentist, along with the extent and location of the tooth decay.

Your dentist will then test and probe the area of decay to ensure that all decayed material has been removed. After the removal of the decay, the space to be occupied by the filling will be cleaned so that all debris and bacteria are removed. If the area of the decay is close to the root, a liner constructed of a composite resin, glass ionomer or other type of material may be used in order to provide protection to the nerve. After the insertion of the filling, it will be finished and polished.

Additional steps are needed for fillings that are tooth-coloured. Subsequent to the removal of decay and cleaning of the area, the material that is tooth-coloured will be applied in layers. A specially designed light that hardens or cures each layer is used. After the completion of the multi-layering procedure, the composite material will be shaped by your dentist, excess material will be trimmed, and it will be polished.

Filling Materials Used
There are several types of filling materials that are currently available. Teeth may be filled with porcelain, gold, silver amalgam, or tooth-coloured composite resins. Silver amalgam is comprised of mercury with tin, silver, copper, and zinc mixed with it. The extent and location of the cavity, expense of filling material, insurance coverage of the patient, and the recommendation of the dentist will determine the kind of filling material that will best suit your needs

Gold Fillings

  • Extremely durable – will usually last for the life of the patient. Will not corrode.
  • Strength – Can withstand almost any chewing forces
  • Aesthetics – Some people prefer the look of gold to sliver amalgam


  • Expense – more costly than other types of material. Can be 10 X more costly than amalgam
  • Multiple Office Visits – requires a minimum of two visits
  • Aesthetics – some patients don’t like its appearance

Silver Amalgam Fillings

  • Durability – Normally lasts longer than composites. Normally lasts ten to fifteen years or more.
  • Strength – able to withstand all chewing forces
  • Expense – costs less than gold or composite fillings


  • Generally poor aesthetics – natural colour of teeth is not matched
  • Requires more space – A portion of the tooth that is healthy must be removed, at times, to provide a large enough area for the amalgam filling.
  • Discolouration – a hue that is greyish may be imparted to the adjacent tooth structure
  • Fractures and Cracks – All teeth expand and contract with temperature changes, which can cause cracking. However, amalgam materials may expand and contract to a greater extent than other materials, leading to an increased incidence of fractures and cracks.
  • Allergies – approximately 1% of patients have allergies to the mercury that is in silver amalgam

Composite Fillings – Tooth Coloured

  • Aesthetics – composites can be closely matched to the colour of the patient’s teeth. They are particularly useful for teeth that are visible
  • Bonding – composite fillings will bond chemically with a tooth and provide structural support to the tooth
  • Versatile – can also be utilised in the repair of broken, worn, or chipped teeth
  • Space requirement – at times less tooth material is needed to be removed in comparison to silver amalgam fillings when preparing a space for this filling.


  • Reduced durability – Composite fillings do not last as long as amalgams or gold. In addition, they often don’t hold up as well under the pressure of use, particularly if they are used to fill large cavities.
  • Takes Longer – due to the process needed to fill a tooth with composite materials, it takes longer in the dentists chair to place them.
  • More than one visit – if composites are being used for onlays or inlays, it may require more than one office visit
  • Chipping – composite materials are more likely to chip than amalgams
  • Cost – composite filling may cost twice as much as amalgam fillings

Additional Filling Materials
In addition to composite resins that are tooth coloured, there are two other types of tooth-coloured fillings. Glass ionomer and ceramics.

Glass Ionomer
This material is constructed of a specific type of glass and acrylic. It is commonly utilised on fillings that are beneath the gum line and for young children. This material releases fluoride, which may protect a tooth from additional decay. Nevertheless, glass ionomer is not as strong as composite resin and more prone to fracture and wear. It normally lasts for five years or less and the expense is similar to composites.

Usually constructed of porcelain. Ceramics are stain resistant, compared to composites, but are more abrasive. Ceramics are very durable, and usually last for 15 years or more, but, they are costly, and the expense can be similar to gold.

Porcelain Crown & Veneers

Rejuvenate Your Smile with Porcelain Crown and Veneers from Monash Dental Group
Remember; beautiful and aesthetically appealing cosmetic dentistry is not a matter of chance; it demands an experienced clinician who is sensitive to your unique needs and an expert dental ceramist who leverages the art and science of dentistry to deliver optimal results. At Monash Dental Group, we boast an expert team of experienced cosmetic dentists, who have extensive experience in fitting patients with porcelain veneers and crowns. Our first-class porcelain veneers and crowns are highly effective for your unique functional and cosmetic needs.

At Monash Dental Group, our products are expertly crafted to compliment your age, gender, expectations, and facial features. We leverage the expertise of the best dental ceramists to guarantee that the veneers and crowns are of premium quality, resilient, and possess excellent craftsmanship. We work diligently to provide you with a top-quality product that beautifully compliments your face, while simultaneously restoring the function and aesthetics of your natural teeth.

Porcelain Veneers
Typically, porcelain veneers are a form of thin laminates of chinaware that are securely bonded to the surface of the tooth. For diverse dental problems, it is one of the most aesthetically appealing means of enhancing your smile. Veneers are one of the most popular treatments for restoration of chips, spaces, fractures, unshapely and discoloured teeth, or misaligned and rotated teeth. They deliver an unmatched cosmetic makeover that allows alteration of shape, position, size, and the colour of your teeth. Monash Dental Group boasts experienced cosmetic dentists who deliver exceptional results with porcelain veneers. We feature:

  • Dramatic yet aesthetically beautiful and natural cosmetic dental enhancement
  • Durable, high quality, and permanent
  • Enhanced self esteem

The procedure typically requires two appointments. At first, the tooth is prepared for minimal reduction to make enough space for the porcelain veneer. A mould of the tooth is taken for fabrication, which takes approximately 2 weeks. In the next visit, the permanent veneer is bonded in place.

Crowns are a rigid and strong cap that restores the tooth to its natural function and anatomic contours, as well as protects the underlying tooth. In certain conditions, where veneers are not possible, crowns are a suitable option. Some of the scenarios in which crowns may be used include tooth fractures, large restorations, functionally compromised teeth, history of root canal therapy, and acute damage due to decay. There are a wide range of choices available in crowns and bridges.

Dental crown procedures take just two appointments, depending on the condition of your teeth and gums. First, the tooth is prepared for reduction and an impression is taken for fabrication. A temporary, plastic crown in fitted while the mould is being fabricated. In the next visit, the temporary crown is removed and the final crown is secured permanently into position. The fabrication procedure may take time depending on the type of crown.

Monash Dental Group is an expert in crowns and veneers, delivering matchless quality and desired results. The key benefits are:

  • Extensive protection and support to the compromised or damaged teeth
  • Natural and aesthetically enhanced appearance
  • Restoration of full functions and a confident smile

Contact the professionals at Monash Dental Group for more details on porcelain veneers and crowns. We guarantee excellent quality and fantastic results in a cost-effective manner.