Wisdom Teeth

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Smiling Molar Dental

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Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, typically emerge in the late teenage years or early adulthood. However, they can cause a range of dental problems, such as impaction, infection, and overcrowding, and may require extraction. Here's what you need to know about wisdom tooth extraction.

When is Wisdom Tooth Extraction Necessary?

There are several reasons why a dentist or oral surgeon may recommend wisdom tooth extraction, including:

  1. Overcrowding: When there isn't enough space in the mouth for wisdom teeth, they can push other teeth out of alignment, causing crowding, discomfort, and bite problems. 
  2. Impaction: If a wisdom tooth gets stuck beneath the gumline, it can cause pain, swelling, and infection.
  3. Decay or infection: Wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean, which makes them more prone to decay and infection.
  4. Cysts or tumors: Rarely, wisdom teeth can cause the development of cysts or tumors, which can damage the jawbone or surrounding teeth.

How is Wisdom Tooth Extraction Performed?

Wisdom tooth extraction is typically performed under local anesthesia, which numbs the mouth and prevents pain during the procedure. In some cases, general anesthesia may be used to keep the patient asleep.

The dentist or oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue and remove any bone blocking access to the tooth. The tooth may be divided into smaller pieces to make removal easier. Once the tooth is removed, the dentist will clean the socket and place sutures to close the incision.

What is Recovery Like After Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

Recovery from wisdom tooth extraction can take several days to a week or more. During this time, patients may experience some pain, swelling, and bleeding, and will need to take steps to promote healing, such as:

  1.  Taking pain medication as prescribed.
  2. Applying ice to the affected area to reduce swelling.
  3. Eating soft foods and avoiding hot, spicy, or acidic foods.
  4. Avoiding smoking or using tobacco products.
  5. Gently rinsing the mouth with warm salt water to promote healing.

It's important to follow the dentist's instructions for aftercare and attend any follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing and prevent complications.


Wisdom tooth extraction is a common dental procedure that can help prevent a range of dental problems. If you're experiencing discomfort or other symptoms related to your wisdom teeth, talk to your dentist or oral surgeon about whether extraction may be right for you. With proper aftercare, you can expect a full recovery and improved oral health.