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Wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth are molars which are the last adult teeth to develop in the mouth. Most people have four wisdom teeth at the back of the mouth — 1 in each corner.

They usually start to appear in gums in late teens, early twenties, but it can also be quite common to appear later. By this time, there are already 28 adult teeth in the mouth and so the development of wisdom teeth can often be impacted by restricted space, causing problems as they grow. Wisdom teeth can sometimes emerge at an angle or get stuck and only partially emerge. Teeth that grow through like this are known as impacted.

When to see a Lynn Road Dental Practice dentist

Impacted wisdom teeth don't always cause symptoms. However, when an impacted wisdom tooth becomes infected, damages other teeth or causes other dental problems, you may experience some of these signs or symptoms:

Red or swollen gums
Tender or bleeding gums
Jaw pain
Swelling around the jaw
Bad breath
An unpleasant taste in your mouth
Difficulty opening your mouth

As with any teeth problems, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms it's important to book an appointment at Lynn Road Dental Practice to see a dentist as soon as possible, rather than waiting for routine dental health review.

What can I do to help relieve the discomfort of wisdom teeth?

A mouthwash of medium-hot water with a teaspoonful of salt will help to reduce gum soreness and inflammation. Swish the salt water around the tooth, trying to get into the areas your toothbrush cannot reach. Do this several times a day.

An antibacterial mouthwash containing chlorhexidine can also reduce the inflammation. Pain-relieving tablets such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can also be useful in the short term, but talk to us at Lynn Road Dental Practice if the pain continues.

Why are wisdom teeth removed?

If your wisdom teeth are impacted but not causing any problems, you don't usually need to be remove them. 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 several problems in the mouth:

  • Damage to other teeth. If the wisdom tooth pushes against the second molar, it may damage the second molar or increase the risk of infection in that area. This pressure can also cause problems with crowding of the other teeth or require orthodontic treatment to straighten other teeth.
  • Cysts. The wisdom tooth develops in a sac within the jawbone. The sac can fill with fluid, forming a cyst that can damage the jawbone, teeth and nerves.
  • Decay. Partially impacted wisdom teeth appear to be at higher risk of tooth decay than other teeth. This probably occurs because wisdom teeth are harder to clean and because food and bacteria get easily trapped between the gum and a partially erupted tooth.
  • Gum disease. The difficulty cleaning impacted, partially erupted wisdom teeth increases the risk of developing a painful, inflammatory gum disease in that area.

Many of these problems can be treated with antibiotics, antiseptic mouthwash and a good oral hygiene regime.

Wisdom teeth removal is very common, but usually only recommended when other treatments haven't worked.

How are wisdom teeth removed?

If your Lynn Road Dental Practice dentist recommends removing your wisdom teeth, they'll take an X-ray of your mouth to help them determine who should carry out the procedure. Your dentist may remove your wisdom teeth, or they may refer you to a specialist surgeon for hospital treatment.

Before the operation, we’ll fully explain the procedure to you.

A local anaesthetic injection is usually given to numb the area around the tooth. 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.

A small cut in the gum is sometimes necessary, and the tooth may need to be cut into smaller pieces before it's removed.

It takes anything from a few minutes to 20 minutes, or sometimes even longer, to remove a wisdom tooth.

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. This is usually improves after 3 days, but it can take up to 2 weeks. If this continues for longer, or progresses, please get in touch with the team at Lynn Road Dental Practice as soon as possible.

Prevention

You can't keep an impaction from occurring but keeping your regular dental appointments for cleaning and reviews enables your dentist to monitor the growth and emergence of your wisdom teeth. Regularly updated dental X-rays may indicate impacted wisdom teeth before any symptoms develop.

If you have any concerns about your wisdom teeth, or are experiencing any pain, give us a call on 01553 767543.

Patient Reviews

People are talking about us

The biggest complement we receive is when our patients refer their friends and family to Lynn Road Dental Practice. In fact, we have built much of our practice on these valued, trusted recommendations over the years. Read our reviews to hear why our patients are recommending us…

Patient reviews

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Colin Taylor

Really good dentist for many years with successful treatments Rate Nadia as the best dentist I have seen and puts you at ease and updates you throughout the procedures Top class dentist

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Amy Cullen

I have been going since I was just a baby (I’m 21 now) I’ve seen all the changes happen to this place. I used to see a dentist called mark who I believe retired and I am now with Brias, and when I had to change dentist he made me feel very at ease. He is a great dentist and highly recommend him he is very good at making you feel comfortable. He also always seems to work this the same nurse (Tracy I believe her name is) she is super kind and knows just what to say to keep you calm highly recommend

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Julie Carter

Khem at lynn road dentists is the best dentist I’ve had in a very long time. Finding a good dentist is like finding a good dr. Can’t recommend enough

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skye margret

I only signed up here on the 13th May, and I’ve already managed to have an examination, 2 fillings done and been booked in with the hygienist. My dentist Jolanta is so so lovely, as somebody that suffers with anxiety I really struggle to maintain calm during appointments, but she always manages to make me feel at ease, she keeps me well informed on the procedure and makes sure I’m comfortable, I can’t thank her enough, she’s amazing! It is a little bit expensive but you can’t put a price on good dental health, it’s so so important.

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Amber Richardson

Very friendly and professional staff. Always happy with the service they provide.

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Vera Luse

I had to see a dentist as over lockdown some of my teeth fell apart. Dr. Patel is new, but he is just the best. I felt nothing, while had 5 teeth removed. Every appointment was well planned and no time waisted/ 100% satisfied.

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Natalie Squibb

Ive just become a new patient for this dentist, so far its been great, the lady on reception is fantastic. I was waiting for my appointment and listening to the conversations she was having with customers and she was brilliant, helpfull and understanding Im having a lot of work at this moment and my dentist mr patel is informative and brilliant. Cant recommend this surgery enough.

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Tracey Read

So glad I gave this practice a try. I haven’t seen a dentist for a few years but this was totally different to my last NHS dental practice. They had time to explain what needed doing, without judgement, and it was honestly the best dental experience I’ve ever had.

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Joanne Anderson

After losing our dentist in town, and hunting for a new one, I was recommended to phone Lynn Road. I spoke with the reception over the phone and was made to feel very welcome, and my son too. All schemes advised up front. I had a courtesy call a few days before, again informing the procedure for not arriving too early etc. We arrived on time, not early or late. We did have to wait outside, which I understand, but found a little difficult to complete all forms with the wind, but it is what it is in this pandemic. The lady on the door was apologetic about waiting, and very friendly. Once inside the friendly nurse took us through and we met Jay. He was a very friendly, patient, kind man, and took great lengths to make sure my son was ok every step of the way. They listened and chatted and made is both welcome and it was our time. Thank you to all the team we met. I'm very pleased we have joined your practice.

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Jim wilding

My children and I are new patients. Excellent first impression of the practice and team. Jay is very professional and put the kids at ease, backed up by friendly, helpful colleagues.

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Jason Harris

This dental practice is great. Dentist Khem has got me over my fear of dentists and his assistant are all very nice. The reception ladies are friendly and always helpful. Highly recommended many thanks everyone x The Pulsfordharris-Harris Family

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C F

although unable to take on any new nhs patients the private payment plans are very affordable and the reception staff were great at explaining all the details to me ! i haven’t been to the dentist in 5 years and suffer badly from anxiety but the care and treatment i’ve received so far has been without fault. my hygienist was very skilled, supportive and informative - i’m over the moon with the results of my treatment. it’s safe to say i feel a lot less anxious for my further dental treatments ! very quick at arranging appointments without a long wait and you don’t have to wait for long in the waiting room either 10/10 :)

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Raquel Domingo Muñoz

Was a great experience, i went to take off a tooth and Nadia the dentist and her helper was amazing and very kindly, in a few minutes she had all done.thank u very much.

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Joan Starling

I have just started with Lynn road dental surgery I have never felt so relaxed about having my teeth done the staff make you so welcoming and my dentist and nurse is excellent thank you so much Joan starling xx

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Stephen Jackson

Absolutely Fantastic Dentist!! I made a big mistake by not going to the Dentists for over 25 years so after trying 2 other dentists who I didnt rate I came here..They have basically saved my teeth and with a kind and friendly attitude to your needs Lynn Road Dental Practice is highly recommended by myself!! I am Private with them but they have very affordable schemes and finance. I tried to ignore my teeth and just brushed them twice a day but after Time they let you know they need attention and fallout with you..Literally

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Wendy Wright

Highly recommend this practice. Super friendly helpful staff and excellent caring dentists. Special thanks to mark for his care over the years and the brilliant chris who saved my front tooth and my smile!!!!

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Kirsty Secker

I hadn’t been to a dentist for a long time&came as an emergancy patient. They managed to see me on the same day and were really nice&helpful!! My dentist is great, iv now had the 2 troublesome teeth out&it was painless! As much as im not keen on paying private prices, im glad i got the dentist i did! Thank you!!

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Barry Chater

Very good practice

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Robert Myhill

Good dental clinic , friendly helpful staff and good dentist.

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Ian Pritchard

The best dentist I have ever used!

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