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Affected Wisdom Teeth

Affected Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth may be impacted and lead to dental pain.

Diagnosing the condition

A teeth and mouth exam can be done to know the cause of your issue. Your dentist may do some assessments like:

  • Ask questions about your oral symptoms and overall health
  • Examine your teeth and gums
  • Use dental X-rays to identify problematic wisdom teeth, and signs of damage to teeth and bones

Treating issues with wisdom teeth

If it is difficult to treat your impacted wisdom teeth, or you have health conditions that may raise your risk of surgery, your dentist may probably refer you to an oral surgeon for appropriate treatment.

Managing wisdom teeth with no symptoms

Wisdom teeth that are affected without symptoms are called asymptomatic wisdom teeth. Not all dentists agree on the subject of managing asymptomatic wisdom teeth. Even studies on this dental problem reveal an equal standing on opposing strategies.

Some dental experts say it’s good to extract asymptomatic wisdom teeth because:
  • Asymptomatic wisdom teeth may not be disease-free
  • Where there’s a tight space for the eruption of these teeth, it gets difficult accessing them and cleaning thoroughly
  • The procedure has more difficulty and may probably lead to complications in future, especially in older adults
  • Young adults don’t usually have impacted wisdom teeth
Other professional dentists recommend a more conservative strategy, noting that:
  • The evidence supporting that young adult won’t have issues later from affected wisdom teeth is not sufficient
  • The cost and risk of the procedure are not in tandem with the expected gain

Surgical extraction

If you’re experiencing pain or other issues with problematic wisdom teeth, you may need surgery to remove them.

The wisdom tooth is removed when there’s gum disease or infection, cysts, tooth decay or the surrounding teeth are harmed by the wisdom teeth.

Removing wisdom teeth is a same-day procedure, and patients go home after extraction. The process involves:

  • Anaesthesia: The dentist may give you local anaesthesia, which numbs the mouth, sedation anaesthesia to lower your consciousness, or general anaesthesia to knock you out.
  • Tooth extraction: Here, the dentist makes a small cut in your gum to remove any bone that disallows access to the affected wisdom teeth. The wound is stitched, and the socket is filled with gauze after the bone is removed.

After surgery, patients may experience common side effects (pain, bleeding, etc.) to rare side effects (infection, painful dry sockets, etc.).

How to cope with treatment

Anxiety and discomfort are common problems patients have with tooth extraction. But not getting it done will be dangerous. Speak with your dentist for support to alleviate anxiety and pain.

Getting ready for your appointment

Contact your dentist for symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth. Expect questions from your dentist like:

  • What symptoms are you having?
  • What worsens your symptoms?
  • Do you bleed while cleaning your teeth?

If you have impacted wisdom teeth, visit Smile Clinic London and our experienced dentist will be glad to proffer a suitable treatment method.

Call us now on 0207 139 8611 to schedule an appointment today.