At Ascent Dental Care Malvern we often see and treat patients who require removal of impacted wisdom teeth.
Your wisdom teeth are your third molars. Everyone has a natural set of 32 adult teeth in their lifetime, some have a few more, some a few less. The third molars are usually the last adult teeth to erupt and they normally appear at around 18-21 years of age.
An impacted wisdom tooth is one which has grown in a wrong or at a troublesome angle and can often require wisdom tooth surgery to remove it. Our experienced team of clinicians will carefully examine you to diagnose the best solution for removal.
Because wisdom teeth erupt later there may be a lack of space in the jaw to accommodate them, and so the wisdom tooth may not be able to erupt properly or may even remain buried. Sometimes, an impacted wisdom tooth can cause food or bacteria to be easily trapped resulting in gum inflammation and swelling, leading to pain and infection.
There are 4 types of impacted wisdom teeth:
- Angular impaction – When the tooth grows at an angle facing towards the front of your mouth.
- Horizontal impaction – When the tooth grows out horizontally & impacts the neighboring tooth root.
- Vertical impaction – When the tooth grows straight down and hits the next tooth.
- Distal impaction – When the tooth grows out away from the adjacent tooth and ends up in the wrong position
Do I have to remove an impacted wisdom tooth?
Removal of the impacted wisdom tooth depends largely in the individual case. If the wisdom tooth has come through properly and you are experiencing no problems from it, then it is best to leave it as it is. If, however there is difficulty in keeping it clean and there is a high chance that it might give problems in the future then it may be an option to consider removal.
We have a team of skilled and experienced clinicians at Ascent Dental Care Malvern, who are able to remove impacted wisdom teeth with minimal disruption and discomfort
Nervous about Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
We would highly recommend Conscious Sedation
Modern dentistry has moved on tremendously in the last few years and most people find the experience at Ascent Dental Care Malvern pain-free and less stressful than previously imagined. However, for patients requiring impacted wisdom tooth extraction we have also found that dental sedation has helped many people to overcome their fear and enabled them to have their teeth extracted in relaxation and comfort.
Dental sedation is also known as ‘twilight sedation’ or ‘conscious sedation’.
It works by using a very safe sedative called ‘Midazolam’ to induce a state of deep relaxation. It is not designed to ‘put you to sleep’, but is used as a relaxant (although we do find that many patients naturally fall asleep during treatment!).
Most patients remain responsive and can understand commands, but the amnesic effect of the drug will mean that patients remember very little of the procedure afterwards. In addition, patients treated under conscious sedation will often lose track of time, and a very long appointment will appear to be over in minutes.
Patients treated using dental sedation remain very calm and relaxed throughout the entire procedure.
The sedatives that we use are extremely safe and the side effects are minimal which means that after a 24hr recovery period (no driving, cooking or operating machinery) you can return to life as normal!
We will take the time to assess your medical history prior to your treatment & sedation session to ensure that you are entirely suitable. However, we do find that most patients who are nervous, worried or anxious can be treated using conscious sedation.
Benefits of Dental Sedation:
- The sedatives are safe and side effects minimal
- You can have a lot of treatment in just 1 session, which reduces both cost and number of visits
- Dental sedation can help to overcome fear and anxiety for good
- Most patients are suitable for conscious sedation (but will be assessed on individual needs).
- You can be rid of pain and discomfort very quickly
- You won’t remember much about the procedure
Conscious sedation is a wonderful, safe way to feel calm and relaxed during dental treatment.
If you think you need a tooth or teeth extracted, why not call us to book your free consultation? Our team are experienced, warm and friendly and will be at your side for every step of your journey.