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Link to the NHS Wisdom Tooth Removal website

NHS: Wisdom Tooth Removal

The removal of wisdom teeth, or third molars, is one of the most common procedures carried out in the UK.

The wisdom teeth grow at the back of your gums and are the last teeth to come through. Most people have four wisdom teeth, one in each corner.

Wisdom teeth usually grow through the gums during the late teens or early twenties. By this time, the other 28 adult teeth are usually in place so there isn't always enough room in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to grow properly.

Link to the NHS Gum disease website

NHS: Gum disease

Gum disease is a very common condition where the gums becomeswollen, sore or infected.

It's estimated to affect more than half of all adults in the UK to some degree and most people experience it at least once. It is much less common in children.

If you have gum disease, your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth and you may have bad breath. This stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis.

Link to the NHS Toothache website

NHS: Toothache

Toothache is pain in and around the teeth and jaws that is most often caused by tooth decay.

The pain usually starts suddenly and it can vary from mild discomfort to a severe throbbing, which is often worse at night. The area of your jaw close to the infected tooth may also be sore and tender to the touch.

Toothache can either come and go or be constant. Eating or drinking can make the pain worse, particularly if the food or drink is hot or cold.

Link to the NHS Dental abscess website

NHS: Dental abscess

A dental abscess is a collection of pus that forms in your teeth and spreads to the surrounding tissue. It forms as the result of a bacterial infection.

The main symptom of a dental abscess is a severe, throbbing pain. The pain usually comes on suddenly, gets gradually worse over a few hours or days, and causes teeth to be tender and sensitive.

Link to the British Dental Health Foundation website

British Dental Health Foundation

We are an independent charity dedicated to improving oral health - in the UK and around the world.

Every year, we help thousands of people to improve their oral health with a range of services and activities. Our National Dental Helpline offers free and confidential advice by phone or email. We provide the very best educational material for use by the public, health and dental professionals. Our 'approved' logo appears on hundreds of products in shops and supermarkets across the world.

Link to the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery website

British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

The British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is the voice of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in the UK.

BAOMS is a registered charity, and a company limited by guarantee, not having share capital. The overall strategic direction of the charity is determined by the trustees, who are assisted and advised by the other officers and members of the Council of the Association.

Link to the NIDCR website


The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is the federal government’s lead agency for scientific research on dental, oral and craniofacial health and disease. NIDCR is one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Link to the British Dental Association website

British Dental Association

The British Dental Association (BDA) is the professional association and trade union for dentists in the United Kingdom and was founded in 1880. As an organisation that is owned entirely by its members and with no external shareholders, the BDA is able to focus solely on its mission to promote the interests of its members; advance the science, arts and ethics of dentistry, and improve the nation's oral health.



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