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Getting your Wisdom Teeth?

Often people will contact the Dental Surgery when their wisdom teeth begin to come through (erupt) causing discomfort or pain.

As a general rule these teeth are the last adult teeth to come through at the back of the mouth and usually erupt between the age of 18 and 22.

Adults can have a maximum of 32 teeth although nowadays people often have smaller jaws only having space for 28 teeth.

Adults can experience a sort of teething pain whilst the tooth erupts which is very normal.

If there is sufficient space for these teeth in your mouth then they can stay there without causing any problems.

However if there isnt enough room for the teeth to fully erupt they can get stuck (impacted) against the next back tooth. This can result in food becoming trapped around the tooth. As these teeth are difficult to keep clean the tooth can decay quickly and gums can be sore and swollen.

A mouthwash of hot water with a teaspoon of salt will help to ease the swollen feeling, along with Paracetamol or Aspirin and these home remedies can be used every 4 to 6 hours for a few days.

If the pain does not subside or you find it difficult to open your mouth you should see a Dentist who will be able to thoroughly clean the infected area and may prescribe an antibiotic to you.

If there is insufficient space for the teeth to develop properly in the mouth the Dentist may discuss extracting the teeth to resolve any ongoing problems.

It is really important to visit your Dentist on a regular basis whilst the adult teeth are erupting as your dentist will be able to spot any signs of problems and act to alleviate any pain very quickly.

Call us today and register with a fantastic practice whose main priority is patient care and maintaining your smile.

Telephone 0115 9602717 to book your examination now.

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