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Following the lifting of restrictions from 19th July, the safety of our patients, team and community continues to be our priority. We are therefore maintaining our existing safety measures.

Masks should continue to be worn in our practice by both patients and colleagues. Social distancing, along with all previous safety measures, also remains in place.

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 St Anne's Dental Practice 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 St Anne's Dental Practice 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 St Anne's Dental Practice 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 St Anne's Dental Practice 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 St Anne's Dental Practice 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 01273 473189.

Patient Reviews

People are talking about us

The biggest complement we receive is when our patients refer their friends and family to St Anne's Dental Practice. 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

52 Reviews

5.0

17th May 2022

Professional dentist. Nice calm manner and explained anything I needed to know.. Took time to check my teeth and oral health.

17th May 2022

Considerate, efficient clinicians and helpful receptionists. Maintained high level of Covid safety standards

16th May 2022

We are covered by Denplan insurance and are very glad this covers regular visits to the hygienist. I have seen Chrissie for several years and remain one of her many loyal patients. She coped amazingly with PPE during the pandemic, keeping us safe. Thank you Chrissie.

13th May 2022

Dr Brink is a very engaging, reassuring presence and I feel completely confident in her abilities.

12th May 2022

It was a positive experience from the moment I arrived. The receptionist was courteous and helpful, and the reception area felt pleasant and calm. Both my appointment with the hygienist and the dentist were on time, and during both appointments everything was explained clearly to me, and any questions I asked were answered clearly and thoroughly. It was very straightforward to book my next appointments, and I received prompt confirmation of them by text and email.

7th May 2022

Punctual appointment for hygienist and check up. Both were efficient, thorough and caring

7th May 2022

Friendly dentist who made me feel comfortable and to my knowledge did a good job

5th May 2022

Kind professional staff throughout the practice The recent changes have made a big improvement.

5th May 2022

Went perfectly well, nobody assaulted me and there were no international invasions while I was there

2nd May 2022

I received expert treatment, immediately it was required (within 24 hours). It was quick, professional and I felt no pain.

30th April 2022

All went well . No fuss .

30th April 2022

The personal care and knowledge made for orthodontic treatment to feel easy, fully supported and in the best hands

29th April 2022

Very friendly helpful & caring

28th April 2022

I have been coming to St Annes many over 25 years and am always pleased with the service.

28th April 2022

Jane the receptionist was kind and courteous as always, the dental nurse that Adam had was so slick you could see how excellent she is at her job and as for Adam - he’s the best dentist I have and it’s clear how much he geeks out on getting my teeth straight and healthy. Always a pleasure to visit the team at St Anne’s. Keep up the stellar work!

28th April 2022

Very well looked after

27th April 2022

I was slightly worried when Hakan left as I’m slightly phobic about dental treatment. I needn’t have worried Adam is incredible too. We’re very lucky to have such talented dentists do close!

23rd April 2022

Excellent staff and service

22nd April 2022

Pleased a problem was detected and urgent referal made

22nd April 2022

Very smooth experience, pleasant waiting area, friendly professional staff.

21st April 2022

Everything was as I expected, efficient and effective. I did not have to wait beyond my appointment time. The dentist and assistant were freindly and kind.

20th April 2022

Everything went well, my dentist was excellent and it was a good appointment.

20th April 2022

No waiting. Treatment was as I expected it to be. An efficient service

8th April 2022

Efficient expert and friendly staff

6th April 2022

Lovely staff, high standards in everything.

4th April 2022

It was, always is, friendly, prompt, flexible and competent. Thank you.

30th March 2022

the complete experience was faultless.

25th March 2022

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25th March 2022

Everything happened as it should. The only downside is your searching for praise via this survey. The onsite team all did their jobs well.

24th March 2022

I have been a patient at St Annes for nearly 40 years and I have always been more than satisfied with my care

23rd March 2022

New dentist to me, was really clear about what was proposed and his recommendations. Good 'bedside manner' and I felt very comfortable

23rd March 2022

Everything ran smoothlyWell looked after

19th March 2022

Professional, courteous, competent staff

17th March 2022

It was everything I expected a private practice to be.....to put me FIRST

16th March 2022

My dentist, Adam Cuthbertson, is a very competent and friendly dentist. He always explains in details the different options available and often hands me a mirror so that he can show exactly what's going to be done and why. He is friendly and courteous, as is all of the team at St Anne's Dental Clinic. By far the best dentist I have been to so far and I have been to quite a few, in the UK and abroad.

15th March 2022

Adam and his dental nurse are calm and helpful during treatment.I am particularly pleased by the way that Adam keeps in touch to ensure that you are ok.

11th March 2022

Explained fully options, what was going on, my wellbeing and quality of care

11th March 2022

Excellent care and expertise

11th March 2022

Always friendly and extremely helpful regarding my on going health

9th March 2022

Dentist friendly, listened to concerns (of the moment i.e. not lying flat) and re state of my teeth. Gave options with costs.Took x-rays which I was able to see. Gave explanation.Good as it could be!

9th March 2022

Very well explained, very little pain, very competent staff

8th March 2022

Very friendly and courteous attention throughout. Skilled and professional treatment from dentist., who took a lot of time to save my tooth rather than extract it. I have a beautiful new crown when I might have been looking at a dental plate or beginning the process of getting an implant. Many thanks again Adam!

4th March 2022

not much to add - have answered relevant questions.

4th March 2022

Check up and cleaning done efficiently and politely.

3rd March 2022

Everyone is very understanding and caring, really do put the patient first, always allow time and I never feel rushed. Always made to feel at ease and thoroughly supported throughout the whole appointment. The service provided is excellent, they are an amazing team

3rd March 2022

Very friendly, knowledgeable and caring hygenist

2nd March 2022

Problem quickly identified, treatment required rapidly decided upon, appointment made and clinician came in on his day off. Treatment was quick, thorough, as comfortable as it could have been and virtually painless.

2nd March 2022

I was an emergency patient. All Staff were helpful and kind. The dentist was excellent and gave options. All round good experience. One doesn’t say that too often!

25th February 2022

Everyone is very helpful you are not rushed and they listen to you

24th February 2022

Appointment was on time, very happy with all that was explained and carried out, very pleasant which is why I come to St. Anne's

23rd February 2022

Quick, friendly, professional and easy

22nd February 2022

Everything was explained clearly. I was given options and choices

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