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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 The Mayhill Dental and Specialist Centre 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
Swelling around the jaw
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 The Mayhill Dental and Specialist Centre 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 The Mayhill Dental and Specialist Centre 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 The Mayhill Dental and Specialist Centre 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 The Mayhill Dental and Specialist Centre as soon as possible.
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 01600 712020 .
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The biggest complement we receive is when our patients refer their friends and family to The Mayhill Dental and Specialist Centre. 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…
People are excellent and very good at putting you at ease from arriving at reception to treatment.
A really good dental practice in all aspects. In the past I have had some bad experiences with other dentists. The care at Mayhill has been exemplary, by choice I would never go anywhere else.
I reluctantly sought a private dentist after being consistently failed by NHS dentistry. The all-round experience at Mayhill has been mouth-transformative. Excellent tooth and gum care from Drs Hart and Dufty aligned with outstanding maintenance and monitoring from Cathrine Tait. The Mayhill plans make this standard of care affordable and has given my teeth a rare second chance.
I was made to feel welcome and relaxed by Jay and Lizzy. Jay explained exactly what the problem was and what he needed to do. It was a pain free experience I was also told what I should do during the next few days. I would have no hesitation in recommending them.
Excellent service. Understood what I wanted to achieve and delivered my new smile. Thanks to Jay and Lizzy. Still smiling
An appointment with Jason, Jay and Lizzy to sort out an already pinned front tooth which had moved, become infected and was hitting the upper teeth. I am a "nervous" dental patient so was not looking forward to the treatment. I need not have worried. Very professional, checking that I was OK from beginning to end. To coin a phrase - I didn't feel a thing! From beginning to end it must have been only 15mins and the tooth was removed. The care didnt end there as I was given a "do's and don't list" to work with for a couple days and a check up arranged for a week's time. To say I look forward to visiting The Mayhill would be an exageration. It is, however, probably the first time ever where I am convinced they have my best interests at heart and will undertake the treatment as quickly and as pain free as possible. Thank you to The Mayhill team.
After weeks of struggling with a nasty tooth infection and a lack of progress or urgency with my usual dentist, I visited Mayhill as an emergency case yesterday. I was fitted in with hours notice instead of having to wait another 3 weeks elsewhere. Ellen and Ginny from the reception team were super friendly and professional in both arranging the appointment so swiftly and being accommodating during my visit. David was my dentist, he immediately put me at ease with his manner and was able to expertly solve the problem with a clear course of next steps and aftercare. The price for the treatment was also very reasonable. I am very grateful for being seen so quickly and feel a 100% improvement. In summary, I would highly recommend using this practice. Thanks again.
Haven't been to the dentist in years and my initial consultation a few months back with Jason hart was first class, very professional and put me at ease. Today I had my first hygienist appointment in over a decade and Catherine and Holly were great, really happy with my entire experience from start to finish
I want to express my immense gratitude to Jason for his expertise in fitting my new veneers. Throughout the entire process, he took the time to explain each step in detail, ensuring that I understood the procedure and felt at ease. I am absolutely thrilled with the final outcome and couldn't be happier, thank you for giving me a beautiful smile.
Fantastic service given by very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff.
A huge thank you to Jason and Lizzy. Who knew that a night retainer could improve your overall health and well-being. As a new patient, and nothing other than basic check ups all my life (I’m no spring chicken!), this is a revelation. I used to wake several times a night with headaches which improved when I was up. I had no idea how badly I was grinding my teeth, but Jason did. After recommending the night retainer, one week in and I’m sleeping soundly and so far no headaches. What can I say. Very, very happy!
Everything you would want from a dentist. Jay and Lizzi are hugely skilled but also sensitive and empathetic.
Jay and Lizzie were the brilliant team that looked after me so well at my treatment at the Mayhill. I can’t speak highly enough of them in their professionalism and care. I am delighted with my results. Thank you so much
Very skilled and sympathetic dentists, nurses and hygienists. Highly recommended
I was referred to Mayhill by my usual dentist for some specialist work and because I have a jaw issue which means I need IV sedation for anything more than a standard filling. I also can’t open my mouth very wide making it tricky for the dentist to work. I can’t thank Dr Guppy and Dr Lello enough for their expertise and also their kindness and patience. My jaw issue has meant that I have felt very nervous about the dentist but I feel so reassured that if I need more complex work I can go to Mayhill. Thank you so much.
Great service from start to finish. My Daughter has had an invisiline correction treatment, the communication and quality of treatment has been first class. Really friendly bunch and great results. Thanks all.
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I'd been so anxious and nervous when I had to go to the dentist, so I can't tell you how happy I am that I've found Mayhill, where everyone is so patient and kind, absolute professionals, very well equipped, so everything can be done quickly. I actually smile when I go and leave, which is a miracle
I've recently had a tricky extraction and implant. Ryan explained the procedures accurately, showing me the x-rays and keeping me updated throughout. Katie completed the team - clearly knowlegeable and efficient, always with a happy smile. Another great experience for me at The Mayhill - thank you.
Bart - The Place & Pub Finder
As many specialists as you can shake a stick at The business is headed up by Mr and Mrs Guppy, and they are not a fish out of water when it comes to Dentistry, and I felt like a Neon Tetra in an Oral Aquarium When it comes to the kit at their disposal we are talking ‘StarTrek’ Get you mouth mapped and 3d scanned as a new patient, then start working through the list of things you have been avoiding or didn’t know about for years. It ain’t cheap, but if you need it done, get it done with eyes wide open. Patient reception is full of ‘Barcelona Chairs’ , I don’t think they are original, but if they were, dentistry would be the occupation to pay for them The Barcelona chair was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich, for the German Pavilion at the International Exposition of 1929, hosted by Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The Car park is a tad small, so best arrive on a bicycle, horseback or skydive using KwikFit as a possible landing zone To spice things up, plan your trip with a visit to Screwfix next door Or pop over to Lidl (in the middle) to buy all those things you never wanted but felt you needed to buy on the day Thanks to all on reception, a smile goes a long way, and if the patient smiles back their facial expression is ideally suited for the dentist to see their teeth as they enter the allocated treatment room Off to buy some Pork Scratchings now, ‘a Dentists best friend’ “Beam me up Guppy”
Everyone is friendly and efficient. Tracey the hygienist is Fab as is David who fitted my implants. Lizzie and Claire, the dental nurses are also great.
Brilliant dentist surgery. Staff are very helpful and friendly. Definitely recommend using The Mayhill! Thank you :)
I have been with Mayhill for over 3 years and what a lovely dental practice. They are patient, skilful and go out of their way to be gentle and kind. I recently had a composite filling to a front tooth and what amazing work from a very talented Dr Jason Hart BDS. I was so pleased it brought me to tears! Tracy McNulty is an excellent dental hygienist, extremely knowledgable and informative. My overall experience has been absolutely marvellous. I am no longer nervous or apprehensive about any treatment I may need. A wonderful team. I can wholeheartedly recommend them.
The service is brilliant, all the staff are extremely helpful and professional.
The team here always look after me. Excellent and professional.
Incredibly thorough and detailed, unrushed care. Highly recommended. Hygienist is excellent too.
Joanne du Plessis
Most thorough dental examination I have ever undergone in the UK. I needed some urgent dental care and this surgery very kindly accommodated me the same day. I was extremely impressed at the friendly yet very professional staff. The attention to detail was second to none and I have no hesitation in recommending this practice. Excellent!
Excellent service. Kind and friendly from beginning to end. I'm really appreciative of the service. Thanks so much.
Spot on, very very professional right from the front door through all the staff. So friendly and caring.
I was referred to mayhill by my regular dentist as he thought 2 implants would be the best option for me, Apprehensive at first but the whole procedure was A ok. I now have 2implants with a 3 tooth bridge which I don’t know is there, Excellent
Dr David Guppy is an amazing surgeon. Been a patient for 16 years now. He has saved so many of my teeth that other surgeons wanted to extract, says it all. I've had implants, root canals, crowns and cosmetic procedures done, I can eat properly again and don't have to look downwards anymore when smiling. I used to be a very nervous patient, not anymore. Brilliant service from Helen and team. No wonder to me they are a multi award winning dental practice.
I had a consultation with a really kind and friendly orthodontist at this practice, Dr Cross, I was a little nervous about talking about my aesthetic concerns, however he put me at ease straight away and gave honest, sensible advice. I have always been a nervous patient, but Dr Cross puts me at ease and is very talented. Definitely recommend: at first I was concerned it was a lot of money to pay, but once I realized the level of support I would be given throughout the treatment it seemed really good value for money: especially since the result was so good
Having been told that I needed to lose another two teeth, thankfully I found Mayhill Dentists. Dr David Guppy and his team saved the two teeth, replaced a missing tooth, rescued the wreck that was my mouth and remedied a crooked bite. The skill and professionalism demonstrated are second to none, I would unreservedly recommend the Practice.
Amazing! I have a fear of the dentist and needed a tooth removed, jason and his nurse (unsure of name possibly holly?) Was outstanding! Would highly recommend
The Mayhill Dental Centre are certainly Specialists in their field. From the 1st treatment I was made to feel at ease and treated with care throughout. I will most definitely recommend your practice to friends & family a huge thank you to all the staff.