Wisdom Tooth Removal:
Causes, Symptoms and treatments

When it comes to oral health, wisdom teeth, or third molars, often pose unique challenges. These teeth typically develop between the ages of 18 and 25, often causing discomfort and various issues due to their late emergence. While some people’s jaws have enough space for wisdom teeth to erupt normally, many experience complications when these teeth try to emerge into an already crowded space. At Thames, Dr Bravis and her specialist team provides advanced dental treatments to remove wisdom teeth and treat associated symptoms effectively.

Symptoms and causes

Wisdom teeth can become impacted when they don’t have enough room to emerge properly, leading to a range of symptoms and complications:
  • Pain or discomfort, especially in the jaw
  • Swelling and inflammation of the gums
  • Increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease
  • Formation of cysts or infections around the impacted teeth

Related treatments

At Thames, our specialist team offers timely wisdom teeth removal to address these concerns and prevent further complications. Treatment options include:
  • Surgical extraction of impacted wisdom teeth
  • Management of infections and related symptoms
  • Follow-up care and monitoring to ensure proper healing

When to see a dentist?

If you’re experiencing symptoms related to wisdom teeth, such as pain, swelling, or difficulty opening your mouth, it’s essential to seek professional care. Our team can provide prompt evaluation and recommend appropriate treatment to alleviate your discomfort and preserve your oral health.

Dr Theodora Bravis, principal dentist and founder of Thames Dental & Skin Clinic in Thames Ditton, Surrey, smiling confidently at the camera, showcasing her expertise in providing high-quality dental care and facial aesthetic treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes impacted wisdom teeth?

Impacted wisdom teeth typically result from a lack of space in the jaw or the presence of other teeth obstructing their proper eruption. This can lead to various complications, necessitating professional intervention.

How are impacted wisdom teeth treated?

Treatment for impacted wisdom teeth often involves surgical removal to alleviate symptoms and prevent further oral health issues. Our skilled dentists perform this procedure efficiently to ensure optimal outcomes for our patients.

Can impacted wisdom teeth be prevented?

While some factors contributing to impacted wisdom teeth are beyond control, maintaining good oral hygiene practices and attending regular dental check-ups can help identify issues early and mitigate their impact.

What should I expect during wisdom tooth removal surgery?

Wisdom tooth removal is a routine surgical procedure performed under local or general anaesthesia. Our team will guide you through each step of the process and provide detailed instructions for post-operative care to promote healing and minimise discomfort.

Ready to book a dental examination?

We strongly believe that prevention is the key to good health and avoiding dental and general health problems. You can book a comprehensive check-up with our dedicated dentist today.

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