Wisdom teeth are synonymous with pain and stress, but they don’t have to be! If you’ve got troublesome wisdom teeth, we have the expertise and experience to free you from pain and we will try our best to have you smiling again as quickly as possible.
About the wisdom teeth
The wisdom teeth are also known as the third molars. They are the last teeth to develop and usually start to appear from the age of 16 onwards. There are four teeth in total, with one located in each corner.
Many people have no trouble with their wisdom teeth, but occasionally, they can be problematic and this is largely due to a lack of space in the jaw.
If there is not enough space available in the jaw for the teeth to develop properly, they may start to grow at an angle and push against the teeth next to them and this is known as an impacted tooth.
Wisdom tooth removal
Essentially, the wisdom teeth are surplus to requirements and you can cope very easily without them, so if your teeth are causing you pain, extraction may be the best option. Removing the teeth will help to create more space in the jaw, prevent the neighbouring teeth from moving and most importantly, make you feel more comfortable.
Wisdom tooth removal is fundamentally the same as normal tooth extraction; however, it sometimes more complex because of the angle and position of the tooth. It is harder to reach into the very back of the mouth and if the tooth is impacted, the angle may make it even harder to reach. If this is the case, a dentist with expertise in oral surgery will carry out the procedure. We can offer sedation for patients who are nervous and we will explain what happens during the procedure and what to expect afterwards before you have treatment.
After the tooth has been removed, it is common to feel mild pain; we recommend taking over the counter pain relief and avoiding eating hard or chewy foods until the pain has eased.