Bluebell Dentistry & Aesthetics in Essex is the home of high-quality dental treatment, helping you to solve your dental problems and put a bright smile back on your face. But what happens when your teeth are the root cause of the problem?
Wisdom teeth 101: where, why and what?
Wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, are the last teeth at each end of the upper and lower gums, positioned at the very back of the mouth. They usually erupt through the gums during your late teens or the early years of adulthood, and there are usually four wisdom teeth in total with two at either side.
The first and most important thing to note is that not everyone will have all four wisdom teeth – some will just have two teeth with one growing through at either side. When all four wisdom teeth do grow through and emerge, there is not enough room in the mouth for them to grow in a straight line, so they emerge at an angle to fill the available space. Wisdom teeth that grow through in this way are known as “impacted”.
Wisdom teeth often cause no problems. They are only described as impacted when there is not enough space for them at the back of the mouth and they start to cause pain, swelling, infection or damage to the teeth next to them. If the gum which sits around the wisdom tooth is swollen the jaw may become stiff and sore, and the surrounding teeth may exhibit an ache whenever you eat which can quickly become debilitating and affect your quality of life.
Partially erupted wisdom teeth, or those which never quite fully break through the surface of the gums, can become breeding grounds for bacteria and germs and may lead to infection if left untreated. Keep reading to find out how our wisdom tooth removal service in Essex can help you to gain your smile back.
Wisdom tooth removal in Essex
Prior to a removal treatment, you will likely first be prescribed antibiotics as a short term solution for tooth decay, gum disease or the collection of pus which can cause an abscess in and around the problem wisdom tooth. If this doesn’t work, we will elevate your treatment to a wisdom tooth extraction – numbing the area with a local anaesthetic and then removing the tooth completely.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects of wisdom tooth extraction include swelling and some bruising to the surrounding gums. If the tooth is heavily impacted or stuck inside the gum, we may have to make a small cut in the gum to release the tooth – however this will be determined on a case by case basis, and we will talk through the full procedure with you before commencing.
If your wisdom teeth are causing you problems, give us a call and book your appointment with our professional dentists today.
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Our team of dentists here at Bluebell Dentistry & Aesthetics will treat your teeth like their own, offering industry-leading advice to every new client and answering any questions you may have about the procedure and the aftercare process.
To book a dental treatment or initial consultation, get in touch with the team.