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Adults have 32 teeth including our four wisdom teeth. They normally erupt behind our last molar teeth anytime between 17 and 25 years of age. Some people do not experience any discomfort during the eruption phase. If the size of the jaws is adequate the wisdom teeth should erupt normally.
However not everyones jaws are big enough to accomodate all 4 wisdom teeth. When there is not enough space for the erupting tooth problems occur: Wisdom tooth can get stuck behind last molar tooth. This is often called an 'Impacted Wisdom Tooth'.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth can cause:
Soreness, pain, and general discomfort in the Gum area around the tooth. This is often referred to as Pericoronitis (common if only a bit of wisdom tooth is erupted).
Ear ache or Toothache
Swelling in Face if tooth becomes badly infected.
- Bad taste in mouth
- Decay the other molar in front of wisdom tooth
Wisdom Tooth Pain Relief:
Relief from the initial pain and discomfort can be achieved using:
- Salt and Water mouthwash (1/2 teaspoon of salt dissolved in a cup of lukewarm water) Patient should rinse sore area 2 or 3 times daily
- Regular mouth wash from Pharmacy eg Corsodyl or Kin
- Antibiotics (prescribed by your Dentist)
If the above symptoms fail to resolve the pain then Extraction is the only option.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth especially Lower wisdom teeth can be lying at an angle against another Molar tooth. These impacted teeth are sometimes difficult to remove. Your Dentist may decide after reviewing your X-Rays to refer you to an Oral Surgeon. Extraction can be carried out under Local anaesthetic or General Anaesthetic.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Recovery Time
This usually depends on how difficult the extraction was. If there was Minor oral Surgery involved and stitches used, it is normal to have some pain and discomfort. This may last a few days and gradually improve, with proper after care. Pain-killers such as Paracetomal or Ibuprofen are usually prescribed. Antibiotics may also be prescribed.
Good oral hygiene and proper maintenance of the extraction site are essential.
In this practice, we find certain Homeopathic Remedies especially helpful in promoting normal healing and rapid recovery.
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Both Bridget and Tony are continuing to pursue their Post Graduate Education and upgrade their skills in the exciting areas of Orthodontics, Myofunctional Therapy, TMD, and OSA.
Bridget travelled to Chicago in March to attend the AAPMD meeting where several International speakers delivered new material on Sleep Apnoea. Afterwards she travelled on to Los Angeles for internship with two of the World leading experts in Myofunctional Therapy, Joy Moeller, and Barbara Greene.
She also attended White Memorial Hospital LA for training in Temporal-Mandibular Jaw dysfunction under the guidance of TMD Director Dr. Joseph Schames. A pilot scheme into which Bridget has been invited, is currently being designed at White Memorial in partnership with UCLA. Its aim is to deliver a fully accredited course to Myofunctional Therapists in areas such as TMD, OSA, while simultaneously involving them in pioneering research work.
She also attended lectures with Dr. Douglas Galen, a leading Maxillo-Facial Surgeon in LA who is recognising and currently addressing the serious negative effects of tongue tie.
She will to LA and attend further advanced training in June with Joy Moeller and Licia Paskay, and will continue to actively seek to improve her knowledge in the above listed fields.
Tony attended a 4 day TMJ course in London in March 2013 with Dr Liz Menzel, a TMD specialist working in Germany.
In September he will commence one year mini residency course in LA with Dr. Bill Hang, Orthodontist, in Functional Jaw Orthopaedics.
Bridget and Tony attended Dr. John Flutter's "Breathing and Posture" course in Germany in March. They are now both qualified to help patients establish positive Nasal Breathing patterns, and eliminate the all too common destructive "mouth breathing" patterns, which are now proven to profoundly and negatively affect ones health.
They travelled to London in June for Dr. John Mew's 4 day Symposium, on a myriad of topics including "Anthropology and the Evolution Man's Skull", "Baby Led Weaning", "Orthotropics, Orthopaedics, and Orthodontics", and of course Myofunctional Therapy.
In November they attended Dr. Derek Mahony's mini residency course in London which not only included further training in Orthopaedics, and Orthodontics, but also incorporated very valuable training in OSA.