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Wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth are molars which are the last adult teeth to develop in the mouth. Most people have four wisdom teeth at the back of the mouth — 1 in each corner.

They usually start to appear in gums in late teens, early twenties, but it can also be quite common to appear later. By this time, there are already 28 adult teeth in the mouth and so the development of wisdom teeth can often be impacted by restricted space, causing problems as they grow. Wisdom teeth can sometimes emerge at an angle or get stuck and only partially emerge. Teeth that grow through like this are known as impacted.

When to see a Newcastle Dental Practice dentist

Impacted wisdom teeth don't always cause symptoms. However, when an impacted wisdom tooth becomes infected, damages other teeth or causes other dental problems, you may experience some of these signs or symptoms:

Red or swollen gums
Tender or bleeding gums
Jaw pain
Swelling around the jaw
Bad breath
An unpleasant taste in your mouth
Difficulty opening your mouth

As with any teeth problems, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms it's important to book an appointment at Newcastle Dental Practice to see a dentist as soon as possible, rather than waiting for routine dental health review.

What can I do to help relieve the discomfort of wisdom teeth?

A mouthwash of medium-hot water with a teaspoonful of salt will help to reduce gum soreness and inflammation. Swish the salt water around the tooth, trying to get into the areas your toothbrush cannot reach. Do this several times a day.

An antibacterial mouthwash containing chlorhexidine can also reduce the inflammation. Pain-relieving tablets such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can also be useful in the short term, but talk to us at Newcastle Dental Practice if the pain continues.

Why are wisdom teeth removed?

If your wisdom teeth are impacted but not causing any problems, you don't usually need to be remove them. This is because there's no proven benefit of doing this and it carries the risk of complications.

Sometimes, wisdom teeth that have become impacted or haven't fully broken through the surface of the gum can cause dental problems. Food and bacteria can get trapped around the edge of the wisdom teeth, causing a build-up of plaque, which can lead to several problems in the mouth:

  • Damage to other teeth. If the wisdom tooth pushes against the second molar, it may damage the second molar or increase the risk of infection in that area. This pressure can also cause problems with crowding of the other teeth or require orthodontic treatment to straighten other teeth.
  • Cysts. The wisdom tooth develops in a sac within the jawbone. The sac can fill with fluid, forming a cyst that can damage the jawbone, teeth and nerves.
  • Decay. Partially impacted wisdom teeth appear to be at higher risk of tooth decay than other teeth. This probably occurs because wisdom teeth are harder to clean and because food and bacteria get easily trapped between the gum and a partially erupted tooth.
  • Gum disease. The difficulty cleaning impacted, partially erupted wisdom teeth increases the risk of developing a painful, inflammatory gum disease in that area.

Many of these problems can be treated with antibiotics, antiseptic mouthwash and a good oral hygiene regime.

Wisdom teeth removal is very common, but usually only recommended when other treatments haven't worked.

How are wisdom teeth removed?

If your Newcastle Dental Practice dentist recommends removing your wisdom teeth, they'll take an X-ray of your mouth to help them determine who should carry out the procedure. Your dentist may remove your wisdom teeth, or they may refer you to a specialist surgeon for hospital treatment.

Before the operation, we’ll fully explain the procedure to you.

A local anaesthetic injection is usually given to numb the area around the tooth. You'll feel some pressure just before the tooth is removed, as your dentist or oral surgeon needs to widen the tooth socket by rocking the tooth back and forth.

A small cut in the gum is sometimes necessary, and the tooth may need to be cut into smaller pieces before it's removed.

It takes anything from a few minutes to 20 minutes, or sometimes even longer, to remove a wisdom tooth.

After your wisdom teeth have been removed, you may have swelling and discomfort, both inside and outside your mouth. Occasionally, some mild bruising is also visible. This is usually improves after 3 days, but it can take up to 2 weeks. If this continues for longer, or progresses, please get in touch with the team at Newcastle Dental Practice as soon as possible.

Prevention

You can't keep an impaction from occurring but keeping your regular dental appointments for cleaning and reviews enables your dentist to monitor the growth and emergence of your wisdom teeth. Regularly updated dental X-rays may indicate impacted wisdom teeth before any symptoms develop.

If you have any concerns about your wisdom teeth, or are experiencing any pain, give us a call on 01782 616178 or .

Dentist

Dr Marcus Charles-Drummond

Dr Marcus Charles-Drummond
Patient Reviews

People are talking about us

The biggest complement we receive is when our patients refer their friends and family to Newcastle Dental Practice. In fact, we have built much of our practice on these valued, trusted recommendations over the years. Read our reviews to hear why our patients are recommending us…

Patient reviews

56 Reviews

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Jake McCandless

Hands down the best dental experience I’ve ever had. Lovely practice and such kind staff. Marcus the dentist was like no dentist I’ve ever had, really kind and puts you at ease straight away. Really thorough check up and I think I’ve finally overcome my fear of the dentist!

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Heathcliffe

Been today have a tooth out ,I was really nervous but the young lady dentist put my mind at ease and she was incredibly good at her job well done and thank you

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Alison Shaw

I had always been with an NHS practice but joined N-U-L Dental Practice when NHS appointments did not return to normal post Covid. The staff at Newcastle Dental Practice are very caring and professional. When I first joined I was seen by Dr Emily Lane and was both reassured and impressed by the thorough new patient check which she undertook. I recently had a large and positively ancient filling replaced by her. She was amazingly professional and determined to do the best job possible - even though it took her so much longer. Thank you so much for making my appointment such a positive experience. I would highly recommend this practice.

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Paul Rushton

First class professional service.

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DonQu1xote

My previous dentist retired, so I'm speaking here about my first visit to the NUL practice (Jan, 2024) discovered through the great reviews. And what a discovery! First and foremost, Dr. Emily Lane is truly exceptional! I have a persistent phobia related to injections – not a mere 'needle phobia,' but an anxiety stemming from memories of some of the most unpleasant, heavy-handed, and painful injection experiences with dentists who seemed indifferent. At 68 years old, unfortunately, those early experiences left a lasting impression on my memory like an indelible tattoo. With traditional tools, my previous dentist skilfully and painlessly administered injections with perfect technique, timing, and consideration. Remarkably, Dr. Emily is just as skilled, if not better! For me, this is akin to winning the lottery – no more concerns in that department! Thank you once again, Dr. Emily. Next up is Dr. Vishal Klaire, the resident root canal expert. Under Vishal's expert guidance, alongside his assistant Steph, I underwent a root canal procedure with utmost care. The entire process, from beginning to end, instilled confidence in me, knowing that I was receiving treatment from the absolute best in the field. My sincere gratitude to Dr. Vishal and Steph for their exceptional care! The practice adopts a comprehensive approach to patient well-being, and in my personal experience, it's this commitment that truly distinguishes the practice. The staff members are not only friendly and considerate but also highly professional. I genuinely believe it would be challenging if not impossible to find a dental practice that surpasses this one. Wholeheartedly recommended!

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Anthony Brown

Very friendly and efficient staff

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Kath O'brien

I haven't been to a dentist for years. But eventually plucked up the courage to go to Newcastle under Lyme dentist & found the staff extremely friendly, especially Marcus & his assistant. Marcus talked me through everything that was going to happen from start to finish & really put me at ease. Definitely will recommend them to family & friends. Kath O'brien

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Laura Mills

Been to the dentist today and had my appointment with Marcus & Laura - they are amazing!! Marcus talked through the whole process which put me at ease having had a previous bad experience at another dentist! Thankyou so much!!

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Ola Rataj

Dr. Marcus is friendly and understanding. Unfortunately, I have vomiting reflexes and tooth treatment is not easy for both me and the doctor. But Dr. Marcus responded every time. It wasn't pleasant for him xxx. The service was pleasant, although the receptionist did not make a positive impression on me, but the most important thing are the doctors and I recommend this clinic. Xx

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Sylvia Boden

As I am moving away from the area, yesterday was my last visit to the practice. I have always had superb treatment at every level of care.Thank you all very much. However, I must thank hygienist and her nurse and especially Joannis Abelidis for his care and help with my smooth move yo the South

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Kayleigh Wright

Visited the practice a few times now for treatment for myself and for my daughter who needed a tooth out and the staff were amazing with her specially Nurse Laura who really put her at ease through a scary treatment. Highly recommended for all the family needs. Very clean and on time

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Georgia Warburton

Brilliant dentist. Very clean and the staff are super friendly. Nurse Laura was particularly helpful :)

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Lynn Burrows

Wow! My dental-phobia has been overcome thanks to Dr Emily and Natalie. These 2 wonderful, professional, patient focused ladies make dreading going to the dentist a thing of the past! I can’t thank them enough for helping me and I thought I would never say this -“Looking forward to seeing you soon.

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Sarah Thompson

I’ve been a patient here for a few years now and have always had excellent service and treatment but after my check up yesterday with Harry I felt that I should share how wonderful he and all of the staff are. The care is second to none, every treatment I’ve ever had (fillings, Invisalign, etc) is always professional and extremely thorough. Each dentist is also brilliant at putting you at ease if you are a bit anxious or nervous. And I couldn’t leave a review without mentioning the brilliant reception team - excellent customer service, nothing is too much trouble and they are all warm, friendly and kind.

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Carley Marie

Was seen by Marcus yesterday for the first time he is a lovely dentist and put me at ease as I get anxiety about dentists especially as I haven’t been during covid but he was very caring and professional throughout. Receptionists really pleasant and helpful too Thankyou so much

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dolly brame

Friendly helpful staff who really put you at ease if you’re nervous.

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RM

I have just finished my Invisalign journey after a couple of years. Whilst my teeth weren’t too bad initially, they were far from perfect and I decided to get the work done. I am extremely happy with the end result and have also had some composite bonding to build out a baby tooth that never fell out and you would never be able to tell that this wasn’t a real tooth initially. I can’t recommend this enough, I didn’t realise I wasn’t confident about my teeth, but seeing the transformation has given me a new lease of confidence that I didn’t realise I lacked. The staff are absolutely lovely, I will be sad not not see them every couple of months! Thank you so much to all of the team. One very happy customer

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Morgan Sheppard

I have been with the ladies at NULDP for around 3 years now. I cannot fault them, they have always made me feel most welcome and that i am in the best hands. They go above and beyond to make you comfortable and to make sure you understand the deferent procedures clearly. The female presence within the practice definitely adds so much, and i wouldn’t go anywhere else even with moving miles away!

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Yozzer Hughes

Confident and knowledgeable dentists, nurses and support staff providing a professional service. This is a private practice that charges at a higher rate than NHS dentists. They also do implants as well as general dentistry and have a hygienist onsite.

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Helen Waterer

Could not rate this dental practice highly enough! From start to finish , I have had the most amazing treatment! Dr Liza and all the team have transformed my smile and my life !

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Ann Baskeyfield

Has a filling today , the staff are very helpful , friendly and informative . The dentist was incredibly caring as was the assistant. Thank you Harrison for a very positive visit today .

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Louise Bennett

I saw Harrison for a check up and he and the team were all very welcoming and made me feel at ease.

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Alick Smith

Very friendly Reception and Dental staff!

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David Purser

Fantastic professional service with the best staff ever!!! Especially Jade, Alice, Meg and Sophie 10/10

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Simon Carroll

This is my favourite dental practice all the other dental practices aren’t as much of a favourite for me as this one. The staff are really nice I have been to other places around the local area and the staff aren’t as nice as the staff at Newcastle Under-Lyme Dental Practice. One practice in the local area said that I will need all my teeth pulled out and I thought that was a bit excessive so I came here for a second opinion and they explained that my teeth are actually perfect and they didn’t need pulling out which was a big relief for me. I trust this dental practice the most out of any of the other I have been to before and also any of the others in the local area

LB

Lorraine Beeston

Sophie absolutely makes this practice. She is warm, friendly and goes that extra mile with all her patients/customers. The atmosphere amongst the staff is positive too, which is always the sign of a good manager.

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Emma Wingfield

An Excellent Dental Practice A very friendly practice which take great care in their patients. Lovely girls on reception Jade is always happy and keen to help

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andy spragg

Wife over the moon with treatment she received and friendliness of staff highly recommend

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Derek Rushton

Just finished my first course of treatment with NULDP. As a new patient I was a bit apprehensive but staff put me at ease. The initial assessment was followed by a 'scrape & polish' with dental nurse. Then I had two extractions..one which was particularly difficult. Mr Harrison Belfield was my dentist who was excellent. Nice friendly environment. Will definitely be returning. Would definitely recommend.

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Tom Lapworth

I had an appointment at this practice for a one off Hygiene clean as an unregistered patient as I was in the area, loved the experience, they managed to make me an appointment for the same day and the team were very friendly. Highly recommend

CM

Cassidy Meakin

Fantastic Dental Practice with the friendliest nurses and kindest dentists. The reception staff are also so helpful, if you need a dentist, come here!

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Indraish Singh Takhar

Newcastle Dental Practice is a great place, fabulous staff and always a joy to visit, highly recommended!

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Laura. H

Incredibly helpful staff, teeth never felt so clean after my hygiene appointments, highly recommended practice, felt totally at ease and great advice given also not pushy on treatments! Look at that smile

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Ashley Ellis

I had a really traumatic experience with a dentist when I was about 5/6 years old and haven’t really trusted a dentist since. However it was time to put my big boy pants on and get myself sorted, as I’d noticed a bit of discolouration (probably coffee

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Claire Gordon

Love this place! The team are so professional and caring yet seem to have good fun which really puts me at ease! The girl on reception with the curly blonde hair is so helpful and friendly I would recommend this practice to anyone ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Ryan

Always a warm welcome. Dr. Liza & Laura very patient with the job at hand and did incredible. Thank you.

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Bayron Francis

Professional service, easy to book. Best thing is that Dr. Elizabeth made me feel comfortable from start to finish. I would say I come back, but I do not necessarily want to. :D

MB

Max Bachurin

I want to say a huge thank you to Dr. Elizabeth, she is a great doctor and a very professional. She has magical hands. Sincerely, Russian Max

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Nicola Hall

Just had a scale snd polish carried out by Jenna and Molly. It was so lovely to get treatment from people who seemed to take pride in their work and genuinely care about the patient. Thank you

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claudia bazavan

I don't have words enough to describe my experience here,everything was to superlative starting with lovely nurses from reception,a very warm wellcome,very helpful,pleasant presences,I had a tooth extraction and Dr Teddy,was amazing,I didnt feel any pain,everything was going in a high standard of professionalism,congratulations to all team a well done to everyone!!!I definitely come back with a good confidence!

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Nathan Toper

Friendly, helpful staff and outstanding service throughout. I'm very glad I chose this practice upon moving to the area and will continue to use them in the time I live here. Would highly recommend.

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Amy Crabtree

After years of hiding my smile and being ashamed of the state of my teeth, caused by a bad accident in a swimming pool at 9 years old and a life long MAJOR fear of dentists and lack of sleep for even a check up, these guys have totally transformed me. I can smile openly now and have not had a single worry of going to the dentist despite all of the work they have done over the last 3 months, safe to say they have cured my fear and i would, and have already recommended them to several people. I cannot rate you all highly enough. Thank you to every single one of you at the practice for literally changing my life!!

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Jon Shaw

I joined this practice a few months ago. They are very professional and caring. Their expertise extends to enhanced specialist skills which are very impressive and as I was very much in need of a course of treatment I have experienced treatment from Drs Alka, Emily and Vish - all excellent and highly recommended. Thank-you.

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Virginia Moruzzi

Absolutely fantastic dental practice. Highly recommended. I moved here a few months ago. Dr Alka and her staff are brilliant.

JC

J C

EXCELLENT! got me in within a couple of days, fast service. god rid of the problem within seconds.

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Mark ELLIOTT

Excellent treatment from Dentist Dr. Emily and Nurse Sophie Ellis-Beeston. Lovely atmosphere (do you call it bedside manner at a Dentist?) Definitely the most painless Dentist I have ever visited and I could not recommend them more.

CM

Caitlyn McCoy

They are incredible. Truly. They could not be more kind and efficient. I could not recommend more highly.

CM

Chloe Meade

Wouldn't go anywhere else. Alka and her team are so accommodating and friendly.

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Brian Poole

Had two implants by Kris exellent professional service, could not be more happier. And thank you Alka for your smile and frendliness.Yvonne

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Mrs B

I am in my sixties and have been a client for about two and a half years. I have always been apprehensive of dentists due to childhood painful experiences. I had also always been aware of my bad breath which knocked my confidence every day. I could never understand it as I cleaned and flossed my teeth regularly and rigorously. I thought the reason behind my bad breath was due to me having 'rotten' tonsils as a result of many throat infections and tonsillitis bouts as a child. I even paid, some years ago, to see a consultant gastroenterologist at the nuffield hospital for help and advice. I even considered, (stupidly - I know), drinking diluted bleach to clean the back of my throat so I could speak to people with confidence without holding my hand over my mouth or chewing gum all the time. I visited Newcastle Dentist following an advert I heard on the local radio. My bottom teeth were crooked and my top could have been straighter. Thank goodness I did!! I saw Dr Alka Nathwani. She ex-rayed all around my mouth. She said that the reason for my bad breath was the fact that I had crooked wisdom teeth which needed to come out immediately. She said that no amount of brushing would have been able to remove all the built up tartar which had accumulated around those wisdom teeth throughout the years. She emailed the hospital, there and then, whilst I was with her to ask for me to be referred as a national health patient. The removal of the wisdom teeth needed general anaesthetic. Within 3 months my teeth were out. My bad breath was gone forever! With regard to my crooked teeth - she arranged for me to wear Invisalign braces, which I paid for over an interest free period. I am nearing the end of this procedure and my teeth look amazing. I have received personal observation from Dr Alka at every appointment during this time. I visit the hygienist (Jenna) every six months. Before, at my previous dentist, a check up and clean would take about 5 minutes. Now my check up and clean takes up to 45 minutes. I leave the chair feeling refreshed and valued. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr Alka from the bottom of my heart and also her staff - from the helpful, pleasant and professional receptionists, through to all the dental nurses. Throughout our life we all take our professionals for granted because we either pay for their service directly (private medicine) or indirectly (our national health service) but when we receive good service which in my opinion, in this case, has surpassed all expectations I would personally like to thank Dr Alka Nathwani for changing my life for ever.

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Sarah Bacon

Absolutely SUPERB service!! Couldn’t recommend highly enough. Couldn’t have been more helpful- has completely eased my nerves on going to the dentist. Alka and her colleagues were fantastic.

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Vanessa Brown

Absolutely amazing!! I truly hate the dentist and always fear going, if you are looking for a dentist to make you feel as comfortable as possible this is defo the one. Extremely friendly staff who are willing to invest their time by explaining in detail how to get the best from your teeth without lecturing you, they also explain what they are going to do. I had to have a filling and didn’t feel any pain at all, the aftercare is amazing and they will help anyone in any situation. Very very highly recommended.

29th November 2017

Everyone from the receptionists to the dental staff are all very friendly and professional.

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kayleigh lowndes

I am terrified of the dentist and suffer with anxiety as it is, my whole body was shaking the entire car journey, but once I was there the woman were so friendly and completely calmed me down (They are like a big family and they are all happy and upbeat), they spoke to me throughout the procedure so I knew what to expect, and I'm honestly looking forward to my next appointment !!! These guys are experts.

KM

Kim Matthews

Always put you at ease, never feel any pain not even injections, very caring x

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Danny Banks

Signed up as my current Dentist has shut down and I got an appointment that was convienient for me. I am quiet nervous when it comes to Dentist but i was treated brilliantly. Dr Alka Nathwani was very friendly and professional and talked me through everything that was going on which made it alot easier. Great place, Friendly staff, Good price. I would recommend. :)

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