Wisdom teeth

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We know that painful wisdom teeth need to be dealt with quickly by an expert. Our expert Oral & Maxillofacial surgeons are leaders in their field, and have performed hundreds of wisdom tooth extractions. At HSSH, you will receive the very highest standard of care in clean, modern environment. We can also offer nervous patients sedation in addition to local anaesthetic, and for complex removals, general anaesthetic is offered too. So you can rest assured your experience will be as painless and relaxed as possible.

At Harley Street Specialist Hospital, you can expect:

  • Our team of expert oral and maxillofacial surgeons to offer rapid assessment and the latest treatments in comfortable central London surroundings, as well as video consultations from the comfort of your own home.
  • Holistic care, where you are an equal partner in the creation of your individualised treatment plan.
  • State of the art diagnostic imaging – you don’t need to go elsewhere as we have in house CBCT, X-ray, ultrasound and image intensifiers.
  • Day-case and outpatient investigations and surgical procedures in a modern clinical setting.
  • No waiting lists and your treatment can take place at a convenient time for you.

We welcome patients with private medical insurance or those wishing to pay for their own treatment.

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What are my payment options?

Using your Private Medical Insurance

HSSH is covered with all the major insurance companies, therefore, if you have medical insurance, you may be able to use this to cover your treatment.  Please contact your insurer directly to check your policy options.

Paying for your own treatment – self-pay

You may also pay for your treatment yourself. The cost of having your wisdom tooth removed under general anaesthetic is £1,800 and for local anaesthetic is it £1,650.  These fees include the hospital, consultant fee, one follow up appointment and anaesthetist where needed.  Please note that these fees do not include the initial consultation or any pre-procedure imaging.  This self pay rate is available with Miss Natasha Berridge and Mr Ravinder Pabla.  Other consultants are available however, their rates will vary from the fixed price package.

Your consultant will discuss with you which anaesthetic is right for you at your initial consultation.

For more information on pricing and how to pay please contact our team who are happy to help

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What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last adult teeth to erupt in the mouth and usually appear in older teenagers and young adults. They are in the back of your mouth behind the molars on both sides in the upper and lower jaw. Most people develop four wisdom teeth – two on the top, two on the bottom – but you can have one, two or three wisdom teeth, or none at all.

If your wisdom teeth easily fit into your mouth and there are no problems, they are functional teeth and help you chew food. However, many people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. This can be trapped under your gums or only partly erupt. Because wisdom teeth occur after your jaw has stopped growing, there may not be enough room for them.

When do wisdom teeth need to be removed?

Wisdom teeth don’t need to be extracted if they erupt fully, have enough room, can be easily cleaned and don’t cause any pain.

Impacted wisdom teeth which cause pain, damage to other teeth or other dental problems are usually removed. If they don’t have enough room, they can harm nearby teeth, the jaw bone and nerves.

They can also be removed to prevent future problems. Impacted wisdom teeth are hard to clean and can become infected which could lead to pain and cysts.

How are wisdom teeth removed?

You will be given an anaesthetic. Usually the wisdom tooth is not ‘pulled out’ but elevated away from the gum.

The surgeon makes incisions in the gum so they can access the wisdom tooth. The tooth may be cut into small pieces and in some cases, a surgical drill may be used to remove a small amount of bone from around the tooth.

Once the wisdom tooth has been removed, the area is cleaned and stitched back together. In most cases the stitches are dissolvable and will disappear within two weeks. The procedure usually takes less than an hour and you may experience some bleeding, swelling and pain afterwards.

If there is a risk of harming the inferior dental nerve during the procedure, the crown (or upper portion) of the tooth may be removed and the roots left in place. This is called a coronectomy and not generally recommended for younger people as their roots are not yet fully formed.

What kind of anaesthetic will I have?

The type of anaesthetic you have will depend on how difficult the wisdom tooth is to remove.

If the surgery is simple, you will be given a local anaesthetic which is an injection into the gum surrounding the wisdom tooth. The procedure can take place in the clinic room or in the operating theatre.

If you are anxious about the surgery, you can be given intra-venous sedation into your arm as well as the local anaesthetic. The procedure can take place in the clinic room or in the operating theatre and the sedation will be administered by a consultant anaesthetist.

If the position of the wisdom tooth makes the surgery more complicated, you can be given a full general anaesthetic. The procedure will take place in an operating theatre with the support of a consultant anaesthetist.

How long will it take to recover from wisdom tooth removal?

You may experience some discomfort and swelling on the inside and outside of your mouth following the procedure, particularly for the first three days. It may take up to two weeks before the soreness disappears completely. Your jaw may also feel stiff for a week or so. If necessary, your consultant will give you painkillers and a course of antibiotics.

There may be some bruising of the skin on your face which can take up to two weeks to go.

You will probably need to take few days off work and avoid strenuous exercise. If you’ve had sedation or general anaesthetic you will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours.

Ready to book an appointment or make an enquiry?

Our team are on hand to answer any questions you have and help you book an initial appointment with one of our expert consultants.

Simply call us on +44 (0)20 4513 2244 or email enquiries@hssh.health. You can also send us a message and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.