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Why It Is Done? A wisdom tooth is extracted to correct an actual problem or to prevent problems that may come up in the future. Some of the problems that can occur when wisdom teeth come in are:
- Your jaw may not be large enough for them, and they may become impacted and unable to break through your gums. - Your wisdom teeth may break partway through your gums, causing a flap of gum tissue to grow over them. Food and germs can get trapped under the flap and cause your gums to become red, swollen, and painful. These are signs of infection. - More serious problems can develop from impacted teeth, such as infection, damage to other teeth and bone, or a cyst. - One or more of your wisdom teeth may come in at an awkward angle, with the top of the tooth facing forward, backward, or to either side.
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Impacted Wisdom Tooth Extraction
This procedure often can be done in the dentist's office.
Our dentists will provide you with local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. To remove the wisdom tooth, our dentists will open up the gum tissue over the tooth and take out any bone that is covering the tooth, to have a clear view of the wisdom tooth, the tissue connecting the tooth to the bone must be separated in order to remove the tooth. Sometimes our dentist will cut the tooth into smaller pieces to make it easier to remove.
After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. Some stitches dissolve over time and some have to be removed after a few days. Your dentist will tell you whether your stitches need to be removed. A folded cotton gauze pad placed over the wound will help stop the bleeding.