What is it?
Many people have problems with their wisdom teeth and need to get them removed. Wisdom teeth extraction is a common dental treatment. Wisdom teeth can often be removed at a general dental practice. Sometimes people will need to have their wisdom teeth removed by a specialist such as an oral surgeon.
If your wisdom teeth have become impacted or stuck under your gum, there can be further problems that may also be prevented by timely removal of your wisdom teeth. These include:
- Infection in the gum flap on top of the tooth
- Decay in the wisdom teeth
- Damage to the surrounding teeth
- A cyst that can threaten the health of the surrounding bone
When you visit the dentist, they will assess your wisdom teeth and the options for removing them. Sometimes a cut may be made in the gum to expose the whole tooth to help with its removal. In some cases, some of the surrounding bone might need to be removed and the tooth then divided into pieces for extraction.