Oral surgery for problematic wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth (or third molars) usually begin to erupt between the ages of 17 and 25 and have developed a reputation for causing problems! So do they deserve this reputation?
In a word, yes. For many people they can cause pain, swelling, cysts, infections and can even be responsible for damaging neighbouring teeth.
So why do we have this problem? Some people believe it is down to evolution and a result of our jaws shrinking with the number of teeth staying the same. Others believe it is simply due to individual jaw space and teeth placement.
Whatever the cause, it remains the case that for some people fitting 32 teeth neatly into the gum line just isn’t possible and this is where the problems start. If a wisdom tooth doesn’t have enough space to develop properly, or if it comes through turned to the side or tilted, it can become impacted against the teeth in front of it. At The Cottage Dental and Implant Clinic near Swindon, we see the damage that impacted teeth can have and encourage patients to contact the clinic at the first signs of problems.
So what symptoms should you look out for?
- Bad breath / unpleasant taste in the mouth
- Difficulty or pain when opening the jaw
- Pain when eating
Even if symptoms go away, it is still important to speak to your dentist as the relief may only be temporary.
Wisdom teeth removal near Swindon
In line with current NICE guidelines, wisdom teeth should only be removed if they are causing problems. It may be the case that any pain or discomfort you are experiencing can be treated effectively without the need for surgery. That’s why it’s so important to contact The Cottage Dental and Implant Clinic as soon as you have any concerns about your wisdom teeth. We will carry out a thorough examination of the problem area and discuss with you the most suitable course of treatment.
If removal is recommended, the type of procedure will depend upon the position and degree of impaction. Although a simple extraction may be possible, it is more likely that surgery will be necessary. After surgery a patient may experience swelling and bruising to the area as well as discomfort when opening the jaw. These after effects should disappear within 10-14 days and a patient should have no further issues. To find out more about the surgical procedure and the processes involved, take a look at our wisdom teeth treatment page; here you can watch a simple animation of the surgical procedure and learn more about post-operative care.
If you are worried about your wisdom teeth or would like to know more about the available treatments, please give the clinic a call on 01793 855335 for a friendly chat or to book a consultation. Alternatively, fill in the contact form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Don’t suffer in silence – early intervention is crucial to minimising the damage caused by troublesome wisdom teeth.