Launceston Dental Clinic

Wisdom Teeth Removal in Launceston

Think You Might Need A Wisdom Tooth Removal?

Experiencing discomfort at the back of your teeth?

Our wisdom tooth removal aims to be comfortable, precise & predictable

Achieve A Wholesome Smile

Consultation Is Key

We will talk you through the various available options first

Making It Last

Our procedures will have you chewing and smiling again in no time

Just A Pinch

We're the only dentist in Launceston that uses sedation such as laughing gas, though we also utilise local anaesthesia

Keep On Smiling

We try to make the procedure as pain free as possible for you, so you can carry on smiling afterwards

Highly Trained Staff

Our entire team received extensive training to ensure a safe procedure.

Smile Now, Pay Later

We offer many flexible payment plan options

5 Reasons To Choose Us


Consult and find solutions!

About Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom teeth removal

Wisdom teeth often need extracting to avoid serious complications.

This third and final set of back teeth (molars) usually develops in our late teens or early 20s, long after the rest of adult teeth have emerged.

The problem is that our jaws have become smaller with evolution, although the size of our teeth has remained pretty much the same.

This means 90 percent of us don’t have room in our mouth for wisdom teeth, so they grow in at a skewed angle, or become impacted – partially or wholly buried in the gum.

This can cause multiple problems, including infection and inflammation, and damage to adjacent teeth, tooth nerves, and jaw bone.

A further issue is that wisdom teeth are more vulnerable to decay because their position right at the back of the mouth makes them difficult to brush and floss.

Wisdom teeth are regarded by scientists and doctors as a vestigial organ – one that no longer serve a purpose.

Therefore, they’re extracted as a preventive measure as well as to resolve issues that have already become apparent because of how they have developed.

The Procedure

The wisdom teeth extraction procedure

Dentists say the best time to remove wisdom teeth is generally from the ages of 18 to 24, when enough tooth root has formed to facilitate manipulation needed for the extraction procedure.

At this age, you can expect extraction to go more smoothly than if you wait until later, when the process may be more complex with longer recovery and potential complications such as nerve damage.

When wisdom teeth have fully emerged, extraction is typically straightforward. Impacted wisdom teeth may need one of the most difficult extraction procedures – removing the tooth piece by piece.

Wisdom teeth removal is carried out with local or general anaesthetic, depending on the difficulty of the procedure, or even laughing gas as we are the only dentist in Launceston equipping this method. 

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Symptoms of wisdom teeth problems

The first step is to assess your situation and we can help determine how impacted your wisdom teeth are and what may happen if you don’t have them removed. After you have been approved for wisdom tooth removal, we will schedule you for a removal procedure. You’ll be put under IV (intravenous) sedation, where you can rest easy and still be able to communicate with the dentist. However, you will have no memory of the procedure.

After the procedure is completed, it’s vital that you follow the post-operative instructions of Dr Pickup, Dr Bagshaw or Dr. Thomas. Keeping the area clean is paramount, and it’s quite normal to experience some bleeding and swelling. If you experience more symptoms than that, please contact us right away to have it checked and for any further instructions from the dentists.

Signs that indicate your wisdom teeth may need removing include:

  • Stiff jaw
  • Inflamed or swollen gums
  • Cysts – fluid-filled sacs
  • Discomfort in the back of the mouth
  • Sinus problems
  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Difficulty eating
When do I know?

How Do I Know if My Wisdom Tooth Should be Removed?

While it’s advised to remove your wisdom teeth once they start to erupt, there are different types of impaction that can influence when they are removed.

  • Mesial/Distal Impaction: Mesial means that the wisdom tooth is angled forward toward the front of the mouth; Distal is the opposite, with the tooth angled toward the back of the mouth.
  • Vertical/Horizontal Impaction: If the tooth is vertical, it’s erupting straight up and down as a normal tooth would. Horizontal is very dangerous, as the tooth is lying on its side, but still growing.
  • Bony/Partial Bony Impaction: A bony impaction is when the wisdom tooth struggles to erupt and is encased by the gums or the jawbone. A partial bony impaction is when the tooth is partially erupted but is unable to fully erupt.

Signs that indicate your wisdom teeth may need removing include:

  • Stiff jaw
  • Inflamed or swollen gums
  • Cysts – fluid-filled sacs
  • Discomfort in the back of the mouth
  • Sinus problems
  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Difficulty eating

The only definitive way to uncover if your wisdom teeth need to be removed is to schedule a consultation with either Dr Pickup, Dr Bagshaw or Dr. Thomas. We have the equipment and evaluation experience to uncover what’s best for you and your smile. 

Contact us today to schedule your first consultation, and we’ll be happy to help you with your wisdom teeth.

Consult and find smiling solutions!



Feel free to contact us in case you have any more questions and we are happy to answer them the best we can.

Our team are trained to help you feel at ease from the moment you arrive in our practice. We know it can be a scary process, so we make sure we guide you through every step. And if need be, we can use sedation dentistry as we are the only dentist practice that offers sedation in Launceston.

Simply give our team a call and let them know what your goals are. They will take you step-by-step through what is required to revolutionise your smile.

At Pickup Bagshaw Dental we have very strict testing and management processes to ensure that our equipment is start of the art and suitable for our patients.


Every mouth and goal is unique. We live by the motto of providing affordable value to our clients. Once you come in for analysis, we will give you a full cost breakdown

That’s our job! We can do a full analysis of your mouth and suggest the most suitable solutions to give you that life-changing smile!

We take training VERY seriously here at Pickup Bagshaw Dental. We are constantly sending our staff to industry meetups, seminars and events so that they can be on the cutting edge

All of our customers trust their smile to us

From emergency, cosmetic, restorative to sedation – Pickup Bagshaw Dental provides every service to suit your dental needs.


Will Give You Clear Reasons to Smile Bright!

Not many dental practices can say they have over 70 years of combined experience in various dental fields, including general, preventative and restorative treatment.

In our warm and welcoming office, patients are given top-notch care and attention. We firmly believe in keeping our patients comfortable, informed, and empowered to choose their treatments.

Conveniently located in the Launceston CBD, we also have HICAPS/EFTPOS facilities available.

We help clients their smile problems

70 Years

Proudly serving Launceston for over 70 years, we're your trusted team of dental professionals you and your family can rely on


One of the few Launceston dental practices that use happy gas. We don't let anxiety stand in the way of giving you the smile you always wanted.

All Services

From emergency, cosmetic, restorative, general to sedation dentistry - Pickup Bagshaw Dental provides every service to suit your dental needs.


Our practice sees emergency patients if possible. Our caring ADA certified staff are dedicated to getting our patients out of pain ASAP!

Meet your doctors

We specialise in family and children’s dentistry and orthodontics.

Join our family here at Pickup Bagshaw Dental! Come meet our fantastic staff and sophisticated dentists and see why patients are raving about their experience. We welcome all new and current patients to explore the treatments and procedures that we offer.

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Dr John Pickup

B.D.S., F.I.C.O.I., F.A.S.O.
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Dr Tony Bagshaw


Dr Lisa


Dr John Rebenque


Tara Brooks



Monday 8:15am – 5:00pm

Tuesday 8:15am – 5:00pm

Wednesday 8:15am – 5:00pm

Thursday 8:15am – 5:00pm

Friday 8:15am – 5:00pm