Wisdom tooth removal
A wisdom tooth is removed (extracted) to correct an actual problem or to prevent problems that may come up in the future. Some of the problems relating to wisdom teeth are:
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon or your dentist can remove (extract) a wisdom tooth.
Before removing a wisdom tooth, your dentist will give you a local anaesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. Intravenous Sedation may be used, especially if several or all of your wisdom teeth will be removed at the same time.
To remove the wisdom tooth, your dentist will open up the gum tissue over the tooth and take out any bone that is covering the tooth. He or she will separate the tissue connecting the tooth to the bone and then remove the tooth. Sometimes the dentist will cut the tooth into smaller pieces to make it easier to remove.
After the tooth is removed, you may need sutures. Some sutures dissolve over time and some have to be removed after 1 - 2 weeks. Your dentist will tell you whether your sutures need to be removed. A folded cotton gauze pad placed over the wound will help stop the bleeding.