Wisdom Tooth Pain

By the time wisdom teeth emerge, there’s not always room for them, hence why you might be in pain. Let’s help!

Orthodontists for Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Patients from all over Surrey and south west London visit the Gentle Dental for any orthodontic, cosmetic, or general dental problems.

Our experience, team of specialists and commitment to our patients, has awarded us over one hundred five-star ratings.

When looking for emergency dental care near East Molesey, you can rely on the Gentle Dental to provide fast, round-the-clock appointments to ensure you’re pain-free as soon as possible.

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Symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth

  • Red, tender, swollen and bleeding gums
  • Pain in the jaw, especially when opening the mouth wide
  • Swelling in the jaw
  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth or bad breath
  • Difficulty speaking or opening your mouth at all

Book an urgent appointment now. Call 020 8224 7562.

Symptoms of pericoronitis

Pericoronitis is an abscess infection in the gum around an impacted wisdom tooth.

  • Pain when chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold drinks and foods
  • Pus discharge
  • Swelling around the gum tissue
  • Fever or swollen glands

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Book an emergency appointment in London for painful erupting wisdom teeth and third molars

We treat all dental emergencies and have the capacity to book your appointment as soon as possible.  All of our dentists are fully experienced in all general dentistry. Our practice is also registered with the CQC.

You do NOT have to be an existing patient.

Please select an emergency dentist from the drop-down on the book online form.   

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Why wisdom teeth can cause so much pain

Typically, wisdom teeth cause patients trouble when erupting in adult mouths for the first time. 

When there’s not enough room in the mouth, wisdom teeth sometimes only partially erupt, where the flap of the gum covering the biting surface is difficult to keep clean. 

When the wisdom tooth is trying to break through it can lead to swelling, inflammation and pain – and if the cause is little room in the jaw, you’ll need to pay us a visit to relieve the pain and agree best next steps.

Will I need my wisdom teeth removed?

This is not always the case. As dentists, tooth extractions are always the last resort.

However, we may need to remove your wisdom teeth if and when:

  • They cause you repeated pain
  • It’s apparent that they will not be able to come through fully
  • They have begun to decay or are already decayed
  • Other reasons such as cysts surrounding the wisdom tooth 

Generally, wisdom teeth are not challenging to remove, although this is mostly dependent on the position and shape of the roots. After x-rays and an examination, we’ll be able to explain better how the process will work.

After removing your wisdom teeth, you can expect to feel slight discomfort. However, very little pain should be felt if it’s a simple extraction. 

Swelling should be expected over the few days following the removal, with everything feeling normal again after one week.

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Tips to manage pain at home

Wisdom tooth pain is a common problem for many patients with many cases resolving themselves as the teeth continue to come in. However, pain beyond this point can indicate you have an impacted wisdom tooth, which will require surgery for pain relief.

  1. Take over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen to reduce swelling.
  2. Use clove oil as a natural remedy, which can be placed on cotton wool to soothe the tooth.
  3. Rinsing with salt water can be a simple solution to ease tooth pain.

HOWEVER, please, if you are in severe pain, get in touch with the Gentle Dental, your local practice in East Molesey.

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