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Surgical Extraction (3rd Molar)

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gums with a wisdom tooth starting to come outWhen a 3rd molar, or wisdom tooth, becomes impacted or oriented in a way that jeopardizes the health of your surrounding teeth, bone, and tissue, your dentist may recommend extracting it. If the tooth requires surgical access to be removed, your dentist will likely perform what is called a surgical extraction.
a tooth clearing space around the wisdom toothDuring a surgical extraction, your dentist numbs the area and uses hand instruments to clear a path in the surrounding tissue to ease the removal of the tooth.
a tooth being extrudedSometimes this also includes removing bony obstructions or dividing the tooth into smaller pieces to facilitate the extraction.
gums being suturedAfter the tooth has been removed, your dentist will clean the area and may suture it closed to allow for healing. They will monitor your progress and advise you when the area has sufficiently healed.
healthy gums with wisdom tooth extractedWith the wisdom tooth removed, the potential damage to the surrounding teeth, bone, and tissue has been eliminated as well as any threat of infection.
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