Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Posted on : 16-04-2012 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Wisdom Tooth Extraction

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Wisdom tooth extraction is a minor oral surgery. Wisdom teeth are also called third molars. They normally appear after the age of 16 or 17. For many people there is no problem at all. But, for some people extraction becomes necessary. Reason may be that wisdom teeth affect other teeth during their development, they are non-conservable or they have become impacted.

Extraction of a completely erupted wisdom tooth can be performed with a simple local anesthetic, by numbing the tooth and the surrounding. If the wisdom tooth is not fully erupted or impacted, a surgical extraction is required. This involves incision and the removal of the surrounding bone with a drill. Even though this method is possible under local unaesthetic, some patients may prefer to be sedated during the operation. Oral surgeon is required for this, as general dentists is not skilled enough to do this. After the wisdom tooth extraction or removal, stitches are applied for a better healing. To stop the bleeding a folded cotton gauze pad applied to the area treated.

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