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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last permanent teeth to appear (erupt) in the mouth. These teeth usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25. Some people never develop wisdom teeth. For others, wisdom teeth erupt normally — just as their other molars did — and cause no problems.

Many people develop impacted wisdom teeth — teeth that don't have enough room to erupt into the mouth or develop normally. Impacted wisdom teeth may erupt only partially or not at all.

An impacted wisdom tooth may:

  • Grow at an angle toward the next tooth (second molar)

  • Grow at an angle toward the back of the mouth

  • Grow at a right angle to the other teeth, as if the wisdom tooth is "lying down" within the jawbone

  • Grow straight up or down like other teeth but stay trapped within the jawbone

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Problems with impacted wisdom teeth

You'll likely need your impacted wisdom tooth pulled if it results in problems such as:

  • Pain

  • Trapping food and debris behind the wisdom tooth

  • Infection or gum disease (periodontal disease)

  • Tooth decay in a partially erupted wisdom tooth

  • Damage to a nearby tooth or surrounding bone

  • Development of a fluid-filled sac (cyst) around the wisdom tooth

  • Complications with orthodontic treatments to straighten other teeth

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Prepare for surgery

During wisdom tooth extraction, your dentist or oral surgeon:

  • Administers local anesthesia with one or more injections near the site of each extraction. Before you receive an injection, your dentist or surgeon will likely apply a substance to your gums to numb them.

  • Makes an incision in the gum tissue to expose the tooth and bone

  • Removes bone that blocks access to the tooth root

  • Divides the tooth into sections if it's easier to remove in pieces

  • Removes the tooth

  • Cleans the site of the removed tooth of any debris from the tooth or bone

  • Stitches the wound closed to promote healing

  • Places gauze over the extraction site to control bleeding and to help a blood clot form

  • After one week, you may come to remove the stitches

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