An oral and maxillofacial surgeon or your dentist can remove (extract) a wisdom tooth. The procedure of this wisdom tooth removal treatment often can be done in the dentist or surgeon's office. You may have the surgery in the hospital, especially if you are having all your wisdom teeth pulled at one time or if you are at high risk for complications. Before removing a wisdom tooth, the dentist will give a local anaesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. A general anaesthetic may be used, especially if several or all the wisdom teeth will be removed at the same time. Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure to remove one or more wisdom teeth and the four permanent adult teeth located at the back corners of your mouth on the top and bottom. If a wisdom tooth doesn't have room to grow (impacted wisdom tooth), resulting in pain, infection or other dental problems, you'll likely need to have it pulled. A dentist or an oral surgeon may extract wisdom tooth if necessary. Some dentists and oral surgeons recommend wisdom tooth extraction even if impacted teeth aren't causing problems, as a preventive measure against potential future problems. Wisdom teeth are the last of your teeth to come in, or erupt, through the gums. Sometimes a wisdom tooth becomes impacted, or stuck below the surface of your gums, and grows at an odd angle, possibly causing complications. Thus the wisdom tooth removal can take up to two weeks to fully recover and during this time the patient may experience swelling, inflammation in the mouth and cheeks, which will last for a few days.
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