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The wisdom teeth grow at the back of your gums and are the last teeth to come through. Most people have four wisdom teeth – one in each corner. Wisdom teeth usually grow through the gums during the late teens or early twenties. By this time, the other 28 adult teeth are usually in place, so there isn't always enough room in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to grow properly, these teeth can cause a number of problems as they exert pressure on the existing pearly whites as they try to force their way up through the gums.

Wisdom Tooth Pain

Wisdom tooth pain and discomfort are extremely common among people whose wisdom teeth are beginning to erupt, the reasons behind the feeling can often by far from normal and, in many cases, could require immediate treatment by an emergency dentist.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

When the wisdom teeth grow crookedly then they can develop into impacted wisdom teeth, patients can experience a lot of pain and discomfort in the surrounding area and find that their other teeth are also placed in jeopardy. For this reason, individuals are urged to seek treatment from an emergency dentist as soon as wisdom tooth pain begins.

Infected Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth can become infected when the eruption of the wisdom tooth is blocked by the tooth in front of it or when food and plaque trap between the wisdom tooth and its overlying gum. Sometimes patients feel intense pain and need to seek emergency dental treatment as soon as possible.

When to See a Dentist?

You should make an appointment to see your dentist if your wisdom teeth are causing severe pain. They'll check your teeth and advise you whether they need to be removed. As with any teeth problems, it's important to see your dentist as soon as possible, rather than waiting for your regular dental check-up.

Why are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

The removal of wisdom teeth, or third molars, is one of the most common surgical procedures carried out in the UK. Your wisdom teeth don't usually need to be removed if they're impacted but aren't causing any problems. This is because there's no proven benefit of doing this and it carries the risk of complications.
Sometimes, wisdom teeth that have become impacted or haven't fully broken through the surface of the gum can cause dental problems. Food and bacteria can get trapped around the edge of the wisdom teeth, causing a build-up of plaque, which can lead to:
  • Tooth decay (dental caries)
  • Gum disease (also called gingivitis or periodontal disease)
  • Cellulitis – a bacterial infection in the cheek, tongue or throat
  • Pericoronitis – when plaque causes an infection of the soft tissue that surrounds the tooth
  • Abscess – a collection of pus in your wisdom teeth or the surrounding tissue as a result of
    a bacterial infection
  • Cysts and benign growths – very rarely, a wisdom tooth that hasn't cut through the gum
    develops a cyst (a fluid-filled swelling)
Many of these problems can be treated with antibiotics and antiseptic mouthwash. Wisdom teeth removal is usually recommended when other treatments haven't worked.

What Does the Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure Entail?

  • The type of treatment needed to remove a wisdom tooth largely depends on where the wisdom teeth are located. During the consultation appointment, Oral Surgeon will evaluate X-rays and discuss the treatment options with you.
  • Before the operation, the procedure will be explained to you, you will be given a local anaesthetic injection to numb the area around the tooth so that the treatment is carried out comfortably and to make the patient more relaxed and at ease. You'll feel some pressure just before the tooth is removed, as your dentist or oral surgeon needs to widen the tooth socket by rocking the tooth back and forth.
At Frederick Street Dental Care, the procedure, which is most commonly conducted under local anaesthetic, usually takes approximately less than one hour, with another 30 minutes for full recovery. while those who undergoing this course of action will need to bring a friend or
family member along to the dentist’s office to help them after the anaesthetic wears off.

After Surgery Care

After your wisdom teeth have been removed, you may have swelling and discomfort, both inside and outside your mouth. Occasionally, some mild bruising is also visible.
In some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed if you have an ongoing infection.
For the 24 hours after removing your wisdom tooth, you should avoid:
  • Strenuous physical activity
  • Drinking alcohol and smoking
  • Rinsing your mouth out with liquid
  • Drinking hot liquids such as tea or soup

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If you are suffering from a dental emergency, get in touch with us immediately so we can help to protect you from dental complications or risk of permanent damage and relieve you from dental pain. Book an Appointment Today–Because Pain Can’t Wait!

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