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Wisdom Teeth and other extractions

All Oral Surgery is available with sedation, a great option if you are nervous about your surgery.

People are sometimes referred to Specialists for difficult or 'surgical' extractions. In fact, dental extractions are probably the oldest surgical procedure known to man.

For surgical extractions, the gum is quite often cut back. The bone is cut back to release the tooth out of the socket. This is done using a surgical drill. Once the tooth is removed, dissolving stitches are placed to hold the gum back in the original position.

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Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly, and the gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when your wisdom teeth are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to erupt successfully.

Poorly positioned wisdom teeth can cause problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening in the gum can cause bacteria to settle and cause recurrent infections. The result is swelling, pain, and jaw stiffness. Removal of the impacted tooth or teeth usually resolves the problems. Also food can get trapped around wisdom teeth that can cause decay in these teeth or those around.

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, the surgeon can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there may be future or present problems.

There is an important risk with the removal of lower wisdom teeth that you should be aware of. Nerves run near the wisdom teeth, the most important one being a sensory nerve that your dentist freezes up when they do a filling on your lower jaw. This nerve gets damaged when wisdom teeth are removed, and can result in a numbness affecting your lower jaw and tongue. This is usually temporary, but in a very few cases can be permanent.

You will be given a prescription for antibiotics and painkillers as required, but please look at the page on after care instructions for further information.