Wisdom Teeth Removal

Overview

Definition

This is a procedure to remove a tooth.

Surgical Removal of a Tooth
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Possible Complications

Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your dentist will review potential problems, like:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Nerve damage

Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Smoking
  • Poor nutrition
  • Poor overall health
  • Use of some prescription and non-prescription drugs—talk to your dentist about any medication you are taking.

Be sure to discuss these risks with your dentist before the procedure.

SymptomsandDiagnosis

Treatments

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.

RESOURCES

Mouth Healthy—American Dental Association https://www.mouthhealthy.org 

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research https://www.nidcr.nih.gov 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Dental Association http://www.cda-adc.ca 

Dental Hygiene Canada http://www.dentalhygienecanada.ca 

References

Extractions. Mouth Healthy—American Dental Association website. Available at: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/e/extractions. Accessed March 13, 2018.

Tooth decay. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research website. Available at: https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/health-info/tooth-decay. Accessed March 13, 2018.