What are wisdom teeth?
Here at Sherwood Dental in Sherwood we can help relieve the pain caused from your wisdom teeth with our wisdom tooth extraction treatment. Adults typically have up to 32 teeth, including four which are wisdom teeth-these are the last to come through the gum. They are the teeth that are located at the back of the mouth and usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 25 although sometimes they can erupt later in life.
If there is enough room in the mouth the wisdom teeth will erupt in a suitable position and there will only be minor discomfort as they come through. However, wisdom teeth can cause problems if there is not enough room in the mouth, this is known as an ‘impacted’ wisdom tooth and occurs when the tooth erupts at an angle and gets stuck against the neighbouring tooth.
We will assess your teeth and dental arches to determine the best solution
At our Sherwood dental practice we will be able to assess whether there is sufficient room for the teeth to come through by taking an x- ray which will show the position of the root and the angle of the tooth erupting. Once the x-rays have been taken, we will be able to determine how easy or difficult it will be to remove the tooth. Our team will then assess whether the tooth should be taken out at our dental practice or by a specialist oral surgeon. Typically we will recommend taking out wisdom teeth if they are:
- Unable to fully erupt through the gum and are therefore causing the infection to spread in the surrounding tissue
- Damaged or developing decay; wisdom teeth can often develop decay because it can be so difficult to clean them as thoroughly
- Severely impacted; this can cause damage to your neighbouring teeth in the process of further eruption
After your wisdom teeth have been removed
Following the removal of your wisdom teeth, you may experience some discomfort, keeping in mind that each patient’s pain tolerance will vary. Healing and discomfort may also be affected by the difficulty of the removal process. Most patients will experience some swelling for a few days, this is normal and should reduce after a couple of days. We will discuss the best way to reduce your pain or discomfort during your consultation and may prescribe some pain killers to help. A further dental appointment will be necessary for our team to check the healing process and remove any stitches.
During your consultation at our Sherwood practice we will discuss your aftercare needs and the process of removing your wisdom teeth in further detail.