The term “It’s like removing teeth!” has given the dental profession a needless bad reputation.
The truth is that most dentists don’t recommend teeth removal unless it is the procedure of last resort. They do everything in their power to save the tooth first, and when all else fails, they will likely prescribe extraction.
They do everything in their power to save the tooth
There is one exception to this
The reason most dentists recommend their removal at the earliest is simple:
Evolution (of our diet) has made them almost redundant, yet they still pose a dental hygiene challenge to us all!
Questions To Ask
Before you have your dentist remove your wisdom teeth, here are some questions that you might like him/her to answer:
What is your average wait time if I needed to have my wisdom tooth removed?
Some dental practices have a long waiting list of patients requiring this procedure. If that’s the case then you may instead want to consult someone who can see you within a reasonable time.
However, if you are in pain, most dentists will make an exception and see you immediately.
How much experience does the dentist have in this field? Can I see testimonials or reviews?
Ask how long the dentist has been in practice, and what are his/her credentials. Look for someone with at least several years under their belt, preferably in wisdom tooth removal and other related experience.
If the practice does provide you with references, make sure you speak with them first,and inquire about their experience/feedback of the procedure.
Do you charge for the initial consultation? If so, how much?
Most practices offer free limited consultation. Ask how long will this session be (usually at least an hour) and what will it cover. If a free session is not available, ask what the cost of the consult is, and whether it will be applied towards your treatment if/when you book it with the dentist.
What methods of payment do you accept?
Any respectable practice should accept most major credit cards or a cheque drawn from any Australian bank. Beware of any dentist (or staff member) that insists on a cash only policy!
Wisdom Teeth Removal Costs In Sydney
It may not be right to weigh the cost of removing wisdom teeth purely on a financial basis. One needs to also consider what it could potentially cost if they were not removed.
Factors that need to be taken into account include:
- High risk of wisdom teeth decaying due to dental hygiene challenges
- Risk of mal-formed wisdom teeth impacting other nearby teeth
- Additional diligence during daily flossing and cleaning
- Higher cost of extraction subsequently, if they become infected or cause other dental challenges
The financial cost of an extraction may also depend on a number of other factors, including:
- Simple removal versus complex surgical removal
- Partially impacted versus major full bone impaction
- Medicare rebates
- Individual patient’s risk factors (e.g. pre-existing dental conditions)
- Dental Insurance coverage
Since the dentist has to exercise greater diligence, and potentially incur additional risks during the procedure, highly impacted wisdom teeth extraction costs more than a “routine” procedure.
In some cases, wisdom teeth wrap around a patient’s jaw bone, and that may add to the complexity and length of time for the extraction, and hence will cost more.
Generally speaking however, the costs of wisdom teeth removal in Sydney should be within the following range:
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Surgical Wisdom Teeth Removal
Partially Impacted Wisdom Tooth
Full Bone Impacted Wisdom Tooth Extraction
up to $1,000
In many instances, dental practices will offer cost discounts to long-standing patients, or to patients who pre-book appointments to have all four of their molars removed at the same practice.
When weighed in the overall context then, the cost of extracting wisdom teeth earlier on in life seems worth it. It should be viewed as an investment in your future oral hygiene and overall well-being.
Recommendations For Wisdom Tooth Removal Clinics in Sydney
If you, or someone you know, are considering a wisdom tooth extraction, here are three dental practices in Sydney that you may wish to consider:
Wisdom Dental Emergency
Pitt Street Dental Center
187/12 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
2/70 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
403/307 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
$225 to $375
Contact to find out
1. Wisdom Dental Emergency
Wisdom Dental Emergency works with a network of other dental care professionals (general dentists, endodontists, periodontists, oral surgeon) to deliver a complete set of dental hygiene and oral care services to its patients.
Dr Pinho, the lead dentist, has been in practice since 1999, performing thousands of oral surgeries through that time.
They accept phone calls from patients seven days a
Patients have a range of payment options to choose from, including all leading credit cards and a number of health plans.
2. Pitt Street Dental Center
At Pitt Street Dental Center, Dr. Michael Chi leads a large team of dental professionals that have a range of expertise to deal with challenging dental issues, including Wisdom teeth extraction.
The practice is known to use cutting edge dental technologies to diagnose, prescribe and deliver treatment to their patients.
Initial consultation with a qualified dentist on the team is free, and the practice will even respond to your email inquiries within 24 hours.
The practice accepts patients with or without referrals, and is open from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday. When necessary, the staff will try to accommodate patients outside these core working hours through special appointments.
3. Smile Concepts
Over the years, thousands of satisfied patients have benefited from the highly professional team at Smile Concepts, including for wisdom tooth removal.
Patients can pay for their affordable care through HICAPS (instant insurance claims processing) or via EFTPOS using Debit or Credit cards.
The practice offers patients the option to have their wisdom teeth extracted under local anesthetic, or using no-pain alternates such as IV sedation.
Patients can also conveniently schedule their surgeries over a weekend to enable them to recover without taking time off from school or work.
Best of all, the building where Smile Concepts is located offers FREE parking!
Learn more on dental care and oral hygiene when you visit the Dental Guide Australia homepage!