At Clifton Dental Studio in the heart of Bristol we understand that wisdom teeth can be very painful. We carry out many extraction procedures and offer expert care for those suffering with painful wisdom teeth.
About the wisdom teeth
The wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, are the last teeth to erupt. They are found in the corners of the mouth and are often painful because there is sometimes not enough space remaining in the jaw. If this is the case, the teeth will not be able to grow properly and they may start to grow at an angle, or against the neighbouring toot. This is known as an impacted tooth.
When is it advisable to remove a wisdom tooth?
It is advisable to remove a wisdom tooth if it is causing pain and discomfort, it has become impacted or it is decayed. The wisdom teeth are not essential for oral health and it is usually best to extract them if they are causing problems. In many cases, they develop without any issues, but they can be troublesome when there is a lack of space.
Wisdom tooth extraction
The extraction procedure for wisdom teeth is essentially the same as a normal tooth. However, often, there are complications due to the position and angle of the tooth. Our oral surgeons have expertise in dealing with complex cases and they use the latest techniques to reduce pain and achieve the best possible outcome.
After wisdom tooth extraction, it is common to experience pain and swelling. We advise taking painkillers and avoiding hard foods for a period of time, while the gums heal and swelling dies down.
Extraction is a daunting prospect for many and we offer sedation for nervous and phobic patients. Sedation helps patients to feel more relaxed during treatment and it is particularly beneficial for those who have a fear of pain and patients who have had a negative experience in the dental chair in the past.
Having wisdom teeth start to develop and come through can be a painful time in Swindon. They start to appear around the age of 17 and can take months to break through, sometimes never. There are a few ways to relieve the pain during this period. A numbing agent or oil can be purchased at most supermarkets and pharmacies and massaged onto the affected area to offer relief. Pain-killers too can be purchased at these outlets or obtained from a doctor. Other more simple methods involve chewing gum on the side where the pain is, the use of clove oil and rinsing with warm salt water. But wisdom tooth pain can also be a sign of infection- they are notoriously difficult to keep clean from bacteria and foodstuffs. If the pain is severe, dental treatment should be sought. Wisdom teeth also have a mind of there own, they can grow sideways, backwards, forwards and in extreme cases, downwards. This is because there is very little space for them to grow into. Wisdom tooth extraction is on the decline and these days, dentists would prefer to let the tooth stay. But sometimes, removing the tooth is unavoidable and on occasions, best done in hospital- for removal of a wisdom tooth, especially if it’s not showing, can be quite a complex and dangerous procedure. It can require great force to extract and put stress on the surrounding teeth and nerves and also affect the ears and sinuses. In such cases, a general anesthetic is used. Oral hygiene must be a top priority post-extraction as the mouth is extremely vulnerable to infection.