Sometimes, dental problems can arise because wisdom teeth have become impacted or haven’t fully broken through the gum surface. Bacteria can gather at the edges of the wisdom teeth, causing a build-up of plaque, which can lead to problems.
What Does ‘Impacted Wisdom Teeth’ Mean?
Your wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come through, and they grow at the back of your gums. Not everyone has four wisdom teeth in fact around a third of people have none at all.
If you have wisdom teeth, you can expect them to grow through your gums in your late teens or early twenties. By then you ought to have all of your other teeth, so often there is not enough room for in the mouth for them to grow healthily.
When wisdom teeth are crowded, they can grow at an angle or only emerge partially. Wisdom teeth that grow through like this are known as impacted.
At Kensington Court Clinic we can treat you with a local anaesthetic (with or without Sedation) or a general anaesthetic. We will be happy to discuss your needs and help you to decide what is the best choice for you.
Removal of upper wisdom teeth is normally straightforward. Removal of lower wisdom teeth that are buried in the bone can be more complex and lengthy. You can expect swelling in your mouth, and be unable to open it fully for a few days after this procedure.
If your wisdom teeth are impacted, but they are not causing you any problems, it may not be necessary to remove them. There is no proven benefit of removing teeth like these, and it carries the risk of complications.
Sometimes, dental problems can arise because wisdom teeth have become impacted or haven’t fully broken through the gum surface. Bacteria can gather at the edges of the wisdom teeth, causing a build-up of plaque which can lead to problems like tooth decay, gum disease, abscess or bacterial infection. We can treat most of these problems with antibiotics and antiseptic mouthwash. If these treatments are not effective we will recommend removing the teeth.
There are risks associated with removing a wisdom tooth, as there are with all surgery. You could experience a delay in the healing process, or an infection, both of which are more likely if you smoke during your recovery.
We always deliver a relaxed dental experience, but if you need a little more help, we can offer the choice of sedation dentistry or general anaesthesia dentistry for all dental procedures, depending on suitability.
We can give you a sedative before the procedure so that you will be comfortable and relaxed. Your anxiety will fade, as your awareness slips away to a state between relaxed consciousness and dreaminess. You will not be unconscious, but you will have very little recollection of the procedure afterwards.
Alternatively, with a general anaesthetic, you could sleep through your treatment so you will have absolutely no awareness of the procedure.
In all cases, this treatment option requires prior discussion and completion of our medical questionnaire so that we can assess your suitability.