Tooth extractions are routine dental procedures used to remove decayed, damaged or otherwise problematic teeth. Dentists usually make every effort to preserve natural teeth, although sometimes an extraction is necessary.
Although the procedure is performed in a dentist’s or oral surgeon’s office, it is considered surgery. Depending on which teeth are removed, they may be replaced with a dental implant or another oral prosthetic.
Wisdom teeth are the third and last molars to appear on each jaw top and bottom. They are the final ones to appear normally late in the teens, early in the twenties. If your wisdom teeth are impacted this can result in causing pain, discomfort, infection and facial swelling.
When these conditions arise it will be removed by an oral surgeon, normally under general anaesthetic or even sedation. This will be discussed with the patient after a panoramic x-ray was taken and the position of the teeth is examined.