Wisdom teeth typically come through into the mouth (erupt) between the ages of 18-25. This eruption process can sometimes go largely unnoticed and there is no pain or discomfort.

However, sometimes there is a lack of space and the path of eruption can be hindered. In this situation the wisdom teeth may become permanently stuck in position, we call this impaction. It is crucial that as soon as the wisdom teeth make an appearance in the mouth that they are thoroughly cleaned to avoid decay and infections around the gum. This type of gum infection can be very painful and is referred to as pericoronitis. You may recognise pericoronitis by pain, swelling of the gum in the immediate area, difficulty opening your mouth wide and a bad taste/smell.

Mild forms of pericoronitis can be resolved at home by thorough cleaning and the use of warm salt water rinses. If the symptoms persists for more than a few days or you feel generally unwell you should see your dentist. Again, meticulous cleaning is the best form of prevention.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Horsham West Sussex

The most common reasons for wisdom tooth removal is recurrent episodes of pericoronitis and unrestorable decay, both of which can be largely avoided by good diet and cleaning. Occasionally, the wisdom tooth may be causing damage to the tooth next door and this would again suggest removal of the wisdom tooth. Your dentist will be able to diagnose this by looking at the area and taking an x-ray.

A common misconception is that when the wisdom teeth come through that they push all the other teeth forward to make space for themselves. This phenomenon was observed as the front teeth started to crowd around the same time as wisdom tooth eruption. We now know this is not true and just so happens that the jaws go through another phase of growth at the same time as wisdom tooth eruption causing a narrowing at the front of the mouth and thus leading to crowding. In other words, removing the wisdom teeth will not help prevent this crowding.

Most wisdom teeth are removed under local anaesthetic either in general practice or in regional hospitals. Occasionally, if it is deemed to be complex or at the patient’s request the procedure can be carried out under sedation. General anaesthetic for wisdom tooth removal is becoming less common because of the risks, costs and inconvenience involved. If you require either sedation or general anaesthetic your dentist will arrange a referral for you.

Your dentist may deem the extraction as intermediate in complexity. In this situation, you can be referred to another general dental practitioner with more experience in this field for extraction under local anaesthetic. Carfax Dental Practice is one such provider and we accept referrals from dentists in the area for extractions of intermediate and advanced complexity.

Under local anaesthetic, you are numbed in the usual way as you would for a filling. Once the numbing has taken you will feel pushing and pulling but you should feel no pain. The dentist, Dr Dipesh Patel, at Carfax Dental who performs wisdom tooth extractions is very experienced and has worked in the oral surgery departments of regional hospitals.

For a single extraction the whole procedure should take between 30-45 minutes.

The fee for a single wisdom tooth removal under local anaesthetic at Carfax Dental is £200. If you require multiple extractions then the costs will be assessed on level of complexity and the number of appointments required, typically, for 2 wisdom teeth removed at the same appointment the cost is £300.

As with most things in life prevention is better than cure. Take time to clean your wisdom teeth and the gums around them. This will help reduce the risk of decay and infection and hopefully the wisdom teeth will come through fully and give you many years of service. In the event that you must have a wisdom removed then we would be happy to assist in the most empathetic manner possible. You can arrange an appointment directly or if you have another dentist request a referral, although, in this situation take the advice of your dentist first.

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