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Many people do not have enough room in their mouth for thirty two teeth. The four wisdom teeth are the last to develop, usually between the ages of 18-22.  If there is not sufficient room for a wisdom tooth to fully erupt, it can become impacted which may cause soreness, swelling and often food trapping.   When areas in the mouth are difficult to clean properly decay can set in and extracting the tooth will prevent further problems.   If the tooth develops fully without any problems then no action is needed, any discomfort whilst the tooth is erupting  will disappear.  If gums become sore then a mouthwash of hot water with a teaspoon of salt in will help.  (Test the hot water with your finger to make sure it is not too hot.)   If the pain does not ease after a few days, make an appointment to see your dentist for advice.

Tavistock Drive Dental Care. 0115 9602717.

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