Wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth are molars which are the last adult teeth to develop in the mouth. Most people have four wisdom teeth at the back of the mouth — 1 in each corner.

They usually start to appear in gums in late teens, early twenties, but it can also be quite common to appear later. By this time, there are already 28 adult teeth in the mouth and so the development of wisdom teeth can often be impacted by restricted space, causing problems as they grow. Wisdom teeth can sometimes emerge at an angle or get stuck and only partially emerge. Teeth that grow through like this are known as impacted.

When to see a Cedar Dental Care dentist

Impacted wisdom teeth don't always cause symptoms. However, when an impacted wisdom tooth becomes infected, damages other teeth or causes other dental problems, you may experience some of these signs or symptoms:

Red or swollen gums
Tender or bleeding gums
Jaw pain
Swelling around the jaw
Bad breath
An unpleasant taste in your mouth
Difficulty opening your mouth

As with any teeth problems, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms it's important to book an appointment at Cedar Dental Care to see a dentist as soon as possible, rather than waiting for routine dental health review.

What can I do to help relieve the discomfort of wisdom teeth?

A mouthwash of medium-hot water with a teaspoonful of salt will help to reduce gum soreness and inflammation. Swish the salt water around the tooth, trying to get into the areas your toothbrush cannot reach. Do this several times a day.

An antibacterial mouthwash containing chlorhexidine can also reduce the inflammation. Pain-relieving tablets such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can also be useful in the short term, but talk to us at Cedar Dental Care if the pain continues.

Why are wisdom teeth removed?

If your wisdom teeth are impacted but not causing any problems, you don't usually need to be remove them. This is because there's no proven benefit of doing this and it carries the risk of complications.

Sometimes, wisdom teeth that have become impacted or haven't fully broken through the surface of the gum can cause dental problems. Food and bacteria can get trapped around the edge of the wisdom teeth, causing a build-up of plaque, which can lead to several problems in the mouth:

  • Damage to other teeth. If the wisdom tooth pushes against the second molar, it may damage the second molar or increase the risk of infection in that area. This pressure can also cause problems with crowding of the other teeth or require orthodontic treatment to straighten other teeth.
  • Cysts. The wisdom tooth develops in a sac within the jawbone. The sac can fill with fluid, forming a cyst that can damage the jawbone, teeth and nerves.
  • Decay. Partially impacted wisdom teeth appear to be at higher risk of tooth decay than other teeth. This probably occurs because wisdom teeth are harder to clean and because food and bacteria get easily trapped between the gum and a partially erupted tooth.
  • Gum disease. The difficulty cleaning impacted, partially erupted wisdom teeth increases the risk of developing a painful, inflammatory gum disease in that area.

Many of these problems can be treated with antibiotics, antiseptic mouthwash and a good oral hygiene regime.

Wisdom teeth removal is very common, but usually only recommended when other treatments haven't worked.

How are wisdom teeth removed?

If your Cedar Dental Care dentist recommends removing your wisdom teeth, they'll take an X-ray of your mouth to help them determine who should carry out the procedure. Your dentist may remove your wisdom teeth, or they may refer you to a specialist surgeon for hospital treatment.

Before the operation, we’ll fully explain the procedure to you.

A local anaesthetic injection is usually given to numb the area around the tooth. You'll feel some pressure just before the tooth is removed, as your dentist or oral surgeon needs to widen the tooth socket by rocking the tooth back and forth.

A small cut in the gum is sometimes necessary, and the tooth may need to be cut into smaller pieces before it's removed.

It takes anything from a few minutes to 20 minutes, or sometimes even longer, to remove a wisdom tooth.

After your wisdom teeth have been removed, you may have swelling and discomfort, both inside and outside your mouth. Occasionally, some mild bruising is also visible. This is usually improves after 3 days, but it can take up to 2 weeks. If this continues for longer, or progresses, please get in touch with the team at Cedar Dental Care as soon as possible.

Prevention

You can't keep an impaction from occurring but keeping your regular dental appointments for cleaning and reviews enables your dentist to monitor the growth and emergence of your wisdom teeth. Regularly updated dental X-rays may indicate impacted wisdom teeth before any symptoms develop.

If you have any concerns about your wisdom teeth, or are experiencing any pain, give us a call on 01635 867979 or .

Patient Reviews

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The biggest complement we receive is when our patients refer their friends and family to Cedar Dental Care. In fact, we have built much of our practice on these valued, trusted recommendations over the years. Read our reviews to hear why our patients are recommending us…

Patient reviews

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Ray MacDonald

A first-class practice.

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Peter Starr

Highly competent and professional dental staff and treatment.

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Dean Murphy

Been a nervous and reluctant patient for over 25 years. The new dentist Patrick Bannister is excellent. Recent root canal treatment and a couple of fillings done with good explanations throughout, understanding and skill.

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Ian Best

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Kana Sasitharan

Excellent care and service, me are my family are with Cedar Dental for over 14 years.

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dean farrow

Amazing, awesome, exceptional, caring, understanding and just an incredible dental practice, i had a fear of dentists had not seen one in many years, literally first time back in the chair and thought here we go - far from it kindness and consideration Roy was just incredible a legend in these parts i am told i now know why and Sonia who works with him as incredible, the best team ever. Its not about saying thankyou, its saying when is the next appointment something i thought i would never say lol not to forget great people on reception too focused and totally professional, honestly i cant say enough about this practice, tell you for why i had total teeth extraction at the start all of em, this practice will put all that is wrong to right just over the moon with the experience. Thank you all.

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John Baston

Always very kind, professional and quick to respond to my needs. I cannot recommend them enough.

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Simon Ryder

Have been a patient of Cedar Dental Care for many years. I find the team very courteous and sympathetic me as an individual. Treatment has always been performed with to a high standard. Would not hesitate to recommend.

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Jen Scott

Calm, caring and professional through and through.

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Edward Jones

First-rate dental practice across the board. I wouldn't consider going anywhere else. Superb.

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Martin Moran

Great dental practice. Dental team are caring and consideration

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Pauline

A fantastic, friendly, efficient dental service. Highly recommended.

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Sharon

We see Abi Dundas. This dentist is knowledgeable, friendly and professional and we have complete confidence in her to look after our oral health.

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catherine brookes

Had a prompt call to go and have my teeth checked. Very thorough checking and cleaning. Then had an x-ray of all my teeth. Mouth rinsing. Then booked a further appointment.

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Philip Newman

Excellent level of care provided by the whole team - efficient, professional, caring and thorough treatment from the clinical side, and a welcoming, prompt and helpful interaction with the reception team - highly recommended

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Jyotveer Gill

I had an exceptional experience on my first visit. The facilities were accessible and all staff were wonderful. Dr Obhrai was wonderful. He was very thoughtful and gentle when resolving several issues with my teeth. I was impressed how he kept me informed throughout the procedure, explaining complex treatments in an easy to understand way. His assistant wictoria was also great. 5 stars and hope not to be back (considering great treatment and advice) but if I am, I know I am in good hands! Highly recommended!!

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Chandni Simi Dave

My husband has been a patient to this dental practice and been very happy. Today we took our daughter for the first time and we couldn’t be happier. Our very nervous 5 year old really enjoyed her first proper check up and was made to feel at ease by Abbey (the dentist) and the wonderful dental nurse. They are both so so kind and really good at their work too. The staff at reception are also very nice and helpful too. Highly recommend this practice, it’s clean, great staff and thorough check up.

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Arthur Dibble

Good covid protection. Professional service.

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James Cox

"I am very pleased with the service Ceder Dental Care have provided for me over the last year, especially Rebecca Law who has been extremely helpful in guiding me through my Invisalign journey. From start to finish she was very professional, knowledgeable and helpful in advising me the correct treatment for my teeth, and the end result looked brilliant. I couldn't recommend her and Ceder Dental Care more.

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Sonia Lewington

Only dentist to use very competent but not cheap or NHS

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dave pritchard

Excellent service as always. Covid arrangements were very well thought out and applied. I felt safe at all times. Friendly and polite - always are!! Thanks. 10/10

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Terry Davis

Great caring staff, and dentist. A very happy practice, it's all about preventative dentistry, & they do operate their own dental insurance. We have been patient here for over 30 years

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lucie thompson

Friendly staff, and amazing with nervous patience, brilliant service

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jenny davies

I have been going to cedar dentist for 20 years. I am a very nervous patient and sadley had to have a filling today. It was the first meeting with my new dentist today. I was put at ease and felt unrushed. Thankyou for your patience ,both dentist and dental nurse were brilliant. Worth the 2 hour drive. Excellent service as always.

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Richard Levy

Friendly surgery. Good dentists who don't do unnecessary work. Evening appointments available. Private prices are generally reasonable and quotes are always given first.

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