Wisdom Teeth Removal

Overview

Definition

This is a procedure to remove a tooth.

Surgical Removal of a Tooth
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Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a tooth extracted, your dentist will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • 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 http://www.mouthhealthy.org 

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

CANADIAN RESOURCES

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

Canadian Dental Hygienists Association http://www.cdha.ca 

References

Tooth extraction. Mouth Healthy—American Dental Association website. Available at: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/e/extractions. Accessed February 23, 2016.

Tooth decay (caries). National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research website. Available at: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/ToothDecay/. Updated May 2013. Accessed February 23, 2016.