Emergency appointment fee covers diagnosis, pain relief, and an x-ray.
Our CQC-rated “outstanding” London clinic welcomes walk-in patients, although we advise you to call before you visit to be sure we can accommodate you. Do let us know if you’re a nervous or phobic patient ahead of time so we can provide extra attention to ensure you feel comfortable and safe. Dental sedation is available.
Sometimes, wisdom teeth can emerge with no problems. But in the case of impacted wisdom teeth, patients can expect to exhibit the following symptoms:
At first, you might not recognise the symptoms as wisdom teeth pain, but you will definitely know something is wrong as the pain is often unbearable and prevents you from opening your mouth or wanting to speak.
We’d advise for you to make an emergency appointment to see the dentist if your wisdom teeth are causing you unbearable pain (difficult to open your mouth).
It could be that they are not emerging properly and you’ll require urgent attention to relieve your pain and sort out the problem. We’ll carry out an x-ray of the mouth to give a clearer view of the position of your teeth, and advice further if the wisdom teeth need to be removed.
Don’t worry – the removal of wisdom teeth, or third molars, is actually one of the most common surgical procedures not just carried out in our practice, but in the UK – this is because wisdom teeth often become impacted when emerging, putting other healthy teeth at risk.
As wisdom teeth emerge when all other 28 adult teeth are usually in their place, there’s not always enough room in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to grow correctly, which means they can emerge at odd angles and get stuck.
When other treatments have failed to work, wisdom tooth removal is often recommended to protect other teeth from the risk of decay, gum disease, cysts and cellulitis.
Wisdom tooth removal is often carried out using a local anaesthetic used to numb the area around the tooth. Patients will only feel pressure when the tooth is removed, or as the oral surgeon widens the tooth socket by rocking the tooth backwards and forwards.
In some scenarios, a small cut in the gum is often necessary to make room, or we might need to cut the tooth into smaller pieces to remove it.
Just like any extraction, when the wisdom teeth have been removed, you can expect some swelling and discomfort with some mild bruising to be expected. Patients should feel back to normal after three days.
*Sedation is available for nervous patients.
Dry socket is a complication of impacted wisdom teeth extraction, which feels like a dull, aching sensation in the gum or jaw. It often presents with a bad smell or taste coming from the tooth socket when patients do not follow the after-care instructions given by dentists.
If the dentist has advised for your wisdom teeth to be removed, you can trust the fact there is no other treatment that can preserve the tooth. It’s often the case that wisdom teeth removal is advised when the tooth is located deep inside the mouth, preventing you from carrying out the adequate amount of hygiene.
If your wisdom teeth are impacted, it likely points that there’s no room in the mouth, which means you’ll be perfectly fine without them. In cases, where we do find there’s room for the new teeth to emerge, we can make small incisions to allow it to break through without causing you any pain.
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