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Why Do Wisdom Teeth Grow Wrong?

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The main reasons why a wisdom teeth will erupt incorrectly, is due to spacing problems in the mouth. If there is not enough space, it can quite easily come out in various angles and impact other teeth and cause discomfort and even pain if that happens.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Have These Problems?

This really comes down to evolution. The human race now has too many teeth for their mouths and not enough space. As we have evolved over the years, our bodies and mouths have changed and as a result, this issue has occurred. When you have all your teeth in your mouth, and the the wisdom teeth start to come through, it is very common for complications to arise.

Will I Need To Have Them Extracted?

This is very much a case by case question. It is very common to have headaches and some discomfort as the wisdom teeth come through. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they will need to be extracted as the discomfort can resolve itself when they settled down. In some instances, if there is an impaction with the other teeth, it can cause severe pain and may need to be extracted.

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come through and can start to come through around 15-25. They are the third molars and are often referred to as wisdom teeth as you are older (and wiser) when they start to come through.

Do I Need To See a Dentist?

If you are having pain it is worth having them looked at to see how they are erupting and for any early signs to be picked up on. If you are worried about your wisdom teeth or you are in pain, please do not hesitate to call us and book your appointment today.

I Have An Angular Impacted Wisdom Tooth

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If you have an impacted wisdom tooth, there may be an associated pain. We will need to examine your tooth and see if the tooth will need to be removed (extracted).

What Are The Other Types Of Impaction?

When it comes to wisdom teeth, it is quite common for them to come out and impact another tooth. This happens more regularly now as with evolution, we have smaller mouths that doesn’t really accommodate for all our teeth.

  • Vertical impaction – This is when the tooth grows down and impacts the next tooths root
  • Angular impaction – This is also known as mesial impaction – the tooth comes out pointing towards the front of the mouth and is directly impacted against the side of the next tooth
  • Horizontal impaction – The tooth is completely horizontal and goes into the next tooths root
  • Distal impaction – This is when the tooth grows in the other direction to the adjacent tooth and becomes lodged in an incorrect position

All of these impactions can cause discomfort and pain. We will asses your case and decide if it is in your best interest to have the tooth removed. In some instances, you can experience pain from the initial impaction and it can cause subsequent headaches. It may cause some discomfort for a couple of weeks and then settle down. If this is the case, your dentist may advise that an extraction is not needed.

If your wisdom tooth is partially emerged, they can be more susceptible to infection and in this instance it may be more suitable to have the tooth extracted.

Each case is different and will have different needs, we will always asses you on an individual basis and give you the information you need to make an informed decision. To find out more information, please do not hesitate to book an appointment today.

Where To Get Wisdom Teeth Removal In Birmingham

If you have problems with your wisdom teeth that means that you have to have them removed, then you may want to know more about the procedure, what it involves, and what you can do to make it a more pleasant experience for you. Our dental practice offers wisdom teeth extraction to patients in Birmingham and the surrounding area (Solihull, Knowle etc), and we can help you to understand everything about the process, how we can help, and what you need to know.

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Wisdom Tooth Extraction: The Basics

Wisdom teeth are very vulnerable to damage, and may also need removal due to a process called ‘impaction’. This is where the teeth don’t have enough room to grow, and therefore don’t grow fully, or grow at an odd angle. In this case, the teeth have to be removed before they cause more damage to the gums and surrounding teeth. They can also cause pain and swelling in the mouth which affects your daily life.

In a wisdom tooth removal, we offer you a range of options, including local anaesthetic, or our popular option of IV sedation. Local anesthetic is used to numb an area of the mouth, and with this option there may be some feeling of pressure (not pain) as the dentist works. Sometimes, the procedure can take more than 20 minutes to complete.

Choosing IV Sedation

Our dental clinic performs a lot of wisdom teeth extraction under sedation, and many of our patients come long distances to get this service. This is because IV sedation offers the best of both worlds: it makes you feel more relaxed than local anesthetic, blissfully unaware of the treatment being completed, so there is less discomfort and unpleasant sounds, and it can make a 1-2 hour treatment feel like ten minutes to the patient. Instead, IV sedation allows our dentists to carry out the work quickly and accurately, and many of our patients do not even remember the treatment afterwards. In addition, sedation is perfect when more than one wisdom tooth needs to be removed at the same time. To find out how we can help Birmingham residents with any type of tooth extraction, including impacted wisdom teeth, call us and book your free consultation today.

A Guide to Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Why do we have wisdom teeth?

Adults in Solihull can have up to 32 teeth. The wisdom teeth are the last to come through, right at the back. They usually appear when you are between 17 and 25, although sometimes they appear many years later. Nowadays people in Solihull often have jaws that are too small for all 32 teeth 28 is often the most we have room for. So if all the other teeth are present and healthy there may not be enough space for the wisdom teeth to come through properly.

Do they always cause problems?

No. If there is enough room they will usually come through into a useful position and cause no more problems than any other tooth. Often there will be some slight discomfort as they come through, but this is only temporary and will disappear once the tooth is fully in position.

What is an impacted wisdom tooth?

If there is not enough room, the wisdom tooth may try to come through, but will get stuck against the tooth in front of it. The wisdom tooth will be at an angle, and will be described by the dentist in solihull as impacted.

What problems should I be prepared for?

If part of the wisdom tooth has appeared through the gum and part of it is still covered, the gum may become sore and perhaps swollen. Food particles and bacteria can collect under the gum edge, and it will be difficult to clean the area effectively. Your dentist solihull will tell you whether this is a temporary problem that can be dealt with by using mouthwashes and special cleaning methods (and possibly antibiotics), or whether it is better to have the tooth removed.

What can I do to help myself?

If your gums are sore and swollen, use a mouthwash of medium hot water with a teaspoonful of salt. (Check that it is not too hot before using it.) Swish the salt water around the tooth, trying to get into the areas your toothbrush cannot reach. An antibacterial mouthwash such as Corsodyl can also reduce the inflammation. Pain-relieving tablets such as paracetamol or aspirin can also be useful in the short term, but see your dentist solihull if the pain continues.

But if it does not help?

If the pain does not go away or if you find it difficult to open your mouth, you should see a dentist in solihull. They will be able to see the cause of the problem, and tell you what to do. It may help to clean around the tooth very thoroughly, and the dentist hereford may give you a prescription for an antibiotic.

Are x-rays needed?

The dentist solihull will usually take x-rays to see the position of the root, and to see whether there is room for the tooth to come through into a useful position.

What are the main reasons for taking wisdom teeth out?

When it is clear that the wisdom teeth will not be able to come through into a useful position because there is not enough room, and they are also causing some pain or discomfort. If they have only partly come through and are decayed such teeth will often be more likely to decay as it will be difficult to clean them as thoroughly as your other teeth. If the wisdom tooth is causing a cleaning problem and has no real use. If the wisdom tooth starts to over-grow. This often happens if the lower one has already been removed or is impacted and cannot come through, and the upper one has no tooth to bite against. The upper one will come down too far, looking for a tooth to make contact with. If they are painful.

Are wisdom teeth difficult to take out?

It all depends on the position and the shape of the roots. Your dentist will tell you how easy or difficult each tooth will be to remove after looking at the x-rays. Upper wisdom teeth are often easier to remove than lower ones, which are more likely to be impacted. Your dentist in solihull will say whether the tooth should be taken out at the dental practice in solihull, or whether you should be referred to a oral surgeon at a hospital. Very occasionally there is a possibility of some numbness of the lip after the removal of a lower tooth your west midlands dentist will tell you if it is possible in your case. You will probably have either a local anaesthetic as you would have for a filling or sedation. You could also have a general anaesthetic (where you would be asleep), but this will usually be given only in a hospital.

Will it make any difference to my face or mouth?

Taking wisdom teeth out may cause some swelling for a few days. But as soon as the area is healed, there will be no difference to your face or appearance. Your mouth will feel more comfortable and less crowded, especially if the teeth were impacted.

What should I expect after a wisdom tooth is taken out?

The amount of discomfort will depend on how easy it was to take the tooth out. There is usually some swelling and discomfort for a few days afterwards, and it is important to follow any advice you get about mouthwashes and so on, to help with the healing. Some people also find homeopathic remedies help to reduce discomfort. Usual painkillers such as paracetamol, aspirin or ibuprofen will usually deal with any pain. It is best to stay fairly quiet and relaxed for 24 hours afterwards to make sue there are no bleeding problems. There may be some stitches to help the gum heal over. Your dentist hereford will probably want to see you again about a week later to check on the healing, and to remove any stitches. If you need an emergency dentist solihull then please contact our clinic.

What does it cost?

At hospital all treatment is free. At the solihull dentist it is free if you are under 18, or exempt from NHS charges. Otherwise the cost depends on what is involved. It is important that you discuss costs and payment methods with your solihull dentist before starting treatment.

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By Dr Gursh Bajwa

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