A basic explanation for our Wickford patients.
Wisdom teeth are usually the last ones to come through and are so called because they arrive at an age when we are supposed to be wise…. usually around late teens to early twenties! Most people will experience few problems when they eventually come through, but this is not the case for everyone. In fact, a lot of people never get wisdom teeth at all.
Because all of the other teeth should be through by the time that the wisdom tooth erupts, this can sometimes mean that there is little space left for them to grow into. This can cause a partial eruption or they may come through at an angle. When this occurs, it may be referred to by the dentist as an impacted tooth and if the teeth are generally too crowded, it is also possible that the tooth may not be able to erupt at all.
Painful wisdom teeth
When a wisdom tooth starts to come through, if it causes you no problems, you need not consult us about it. Naturally, should this be taking place when you have your regular dental check up, we will examine it as a matter of course. Generally speaking though, where it is causing no discomfort, it can usually be left to come through of its own accord. Should the wisdom tooth be causing you discomfort or pain though, or if there is prolonged soreness or swelling, please don’t ignore it. Instead, make an appointment at your Wickford dentists as soon as you can.
A painful wisdom tooth will need to be examined, and x-rays taken to see where the problem lies. Should the tooth be impacted, it is possible that there will be bacteria and possibly decaying foods trapped around the erupting tooth which may cause a number of infections including gum disease. The first step in treating the wisdom tooth will be to clean the area in an attempt to reverse the problem and allow the tooth to come through naturally where possible.
Where this is not possible or where it is unsuccessful, removal of the wisdom tooth may be necessary.
Wisdom tooth removal
Depending on the complexity of the situation, a wisdom tooth may be removed either at the dental practice, or in hospital. You will be given a local anaesthetic and should feel no pain during the procedure. You may, however, feel some pressure as the socket is widened to allow for its removal, and, in some cases, it may be necessary to cut into the gums to access the tooth. You are likely to feel some soreness once the local anaesthetic wears off and you will be given full aftercare advice in order to make the healing period successful and comfortable.
There is every chance that when your wisdom teeth start to erupt, you will have few problems with them. If you do though, please don’t hesitate to contact the Cygnet Dental Practice as soon as possible so that we can examine them and start prompt treatment. To make an appointment with us, please call our Wickford dental practice on 01268 733078.