Wisdom Teeth Removal

  • Stops the shifting of other teeth
  • Removes infection and pain
  • Decreases risk of gum disease and decay
  • Makes cleaning easier
  • Planned removal prevents an emergency
  • Only clinic in Wanaka with 3D x-ray to greatly reduce jaw nerve damage
  • Costs start at $330 per tooth

Gentle wisdom teeth removal at Bespoke Smiles Wanaka

Getting your wisdom teeth removed is always at the bottom of the to-do list.  Taking time off work, the cost involved and any worries about pain afterwards can make it easy to put off. 

At Bespoke Smiles Wanaka, we make the experience gentle, caring and affordable. We take the time to listen to your concerns and answer any questions you have, and after the procedure, we'll give you tips for a quick recovery.

Visit us for a consultation to discuss your needs and schedule a stress-free wisdom tooth removal experience with our expert team today!

The risks of not getting wisdom teeth removed

Not getting a wisdom tooth removed when it is recommended to do so can lead to several risks and complications. Impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth can cause pain, swelling, and infection in the gums and jaw, leading to some serious health issues.  When an infection becomes severe it can lead to hospitalisation and life-threatening conditions. 

Wisdom teeth can also crowd or shift surrounding teeth, leading to misalignment and bite problems. Additionally, wisdom teeth can increase the risk of gum disease and decay in adjacent teeth. If left untreated, cysts or tumours may form around the wisdom teeth, causing damage to surrounding teeth and bone. To prevent these risks and ensure optimal dental and overall health, it's important to consult with a dentist about whether wisdom teeth removal is something you should consider planning for.

What can I expect after wisdom teeth removal?

After wisdom teeth removal, you can expect a period of healing and recovery. Swelling and discomfort around the extraction sites are common, but can be managed with cold compresses and pain medication. Some bleeding immediately after the procedure is normal, and gauze pads will be provided to control it. You'll need to follow a restricted diet of soft foods for a few days and gradually reintroduce solid foods.

Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial, but gentle care around the surgical areas is advised. Recovery time varies, but most people can resume normal activities within a few days to a week. In the case of surgical extraction or infected sites, a follow-up appointment may be scheduled to monitor healing and address any concerns. 

Should I keep my wisdom teeth?

The decision on whether to leave wisdom teeth in the mouth or have them removed depends on various factors. If wisdom teeth are impacted or partially erupted, they can cause pain, infection, damage to neighbouring teeth, or the development of cysts or tumours. In such cases, it is generally safer to have them extracted. Additionally, wisdom teeth can pose risks to dental health, as they are difficult to clean properly and can increase the likelihood of tooth decay, gum disease, and inflammation. Individuals undergoing orthodontic treatment may require extraction to maintain proper alignment.

However, some people have adequate space and alignment to accommodate wisdom teeth without causing issues. Regular dental check-ups and X-rays can help determine if leaving the wisdom teeth in place is safe based on individual oral health and anatomy. When you visit Bespoke Smiles Wanaka for a wisdom tooth consultation, we will assess the position, condition, and impact of the wisdom teeth to make an informed decision. Open communication and regular dental examinations are key in determining whether wisdom teeth should be retained or extracted for optimal safety and oral health.

Payment options available

We offer a wider range of interest-free payment options to suit any budget and we offer free check-ups and cleans for teen orthodontic patients*. Individual service costs may vary. Costs can be found on our Services pages.


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What should I expect during my wisdom teeth removal consultation?

 During your consultation, we will review your medical history, take a full jaw bone x-ray called an OPG, and examine your teeth and gums to determine whether wisdom teeth removal is necessary and advised. We discuss the procedure and cost involved to complete your treatment

Can I go back to work or school after wisdom teeth removal?

It's recommended to take the next day or two off work or school after wisdom teeth removal to allow for proper healing and rest. We can provide you with a medical certificate on request.

Is wisdom teeth removal painful?

Patients typically experience some discomfort and swelling for one to three days after wisdom teeth removal, but pain can be managed with medication and proper aftercare. If the pain or discomfort gets worse it may be the symptom of a dry socket.

What can I eat after wisdom teeth removal?

It's recommended to eat soft, cool, and nutrient-dense foods like yoghurt, smoothies, soups, and mashed potatoes for the first few days after the procedure. Avoid anything sharp or hard that may poke the clot or become lodged inside the socket.

What are some tips for reducing swelling after wisdom teeth removal?

 Applying an ice pack to the affected area for 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off can help reduce swelling after wisdom teeth removal. Additionally, keeping your head elevated and avoiding strenuous activity can promote faster healing.