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What is an Impacted Wisdom Tooth?

An impacted wisdom tooth is a tooth that has grown at an angle, got stuck or only partially erupted. Not all impacted wisdom teeth need to be removed and in our latest post, we explore this topic further.

Did you know that the removal of wisdom teeth is one of the most common surgical procedures carried out in the UK? As wisdom teeth come through after the other teeth, there often isn’t enough room for these teeth to grow through properly, however, this is not to say that they always need removing.

Do Impacted Wisdom Teeth Need Removing?

If you have an impacted wisdom tooth and it isn’t causing pain or any other issues, there is often no need to visit your dentist, apart from for your regular dental check-up. This is because there is no proven benefit for removing impacted wisdom teeth that are not causing any issues.

In some cases, where the teeth haven’t fully erupted, food and bacteria can become trapped around the tooth and cause a build-up of plaque. If left, this can cause:

An Abscess
Gum Disease
Tooth Decay
cysts and benign growths (in very rare cases)

Impacted Wisdom Tooth Removal

Depending on the nature of the case, your dentist may carry out the removal of an impacted wisdom tooth or they may refer you to the hospital.

The procedure will be fully explained to you and you will be given a local anaesthetic injection to numb the area. Whilst your dentist may provide you with an estimate of how long the removal of the tooth will take, the procedure length will vary, depending on the nature of the case.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice

We work with a fantastic oral surgeon, Sandra Glass, who carries out more complex extractions. What’s more, Sandra is fully qualified to carry out sedation for patients that require it. If you would like to contact us regarding the removal of a wisdom tooth, we welcome you to contact us. Please call today on 0161 773 7080 or send your enquiry through to our online booking form.

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