How does a wisdom tooth extraction work?

Are you feeling the pain from your wisdom tooth? Are you confused about what actually happens during the extraction process? Well, have no fear – we’re here to give you all of the toothy details on how wisdom teeth are extracted.

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Before diving into the hows and whys of extractions, it’s important to know what wisdom teeth are.

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars – or “mouth squatters” in scientific terms – typically emerge between ages 17 and 25, often causing discomfort or infection due to their lack of space in our already crowded mouths.

Despite their misleading name insinuating superior intelligence (Oh really?), these pesky teeth may cause more harm than good if not removed firsthand.

Why Extract Wisdom Teeth?

If left untouched for too long within its gum fortress, a wisdom tooth can:

  • Cause damage to adjacent teeth
  • Trigger gum inflammation
  • Lead to bone infections
  • Grow at odd angles

Given these potential consequences, dentists recommend extracting them before they wreak havoc within our delicate oral ecosystem. And that means bracing ourselves for an extraction procedure…but wait!

How do they extract wisdom teeth exactly without drilling out half your mouth in agony? Let’s break it down together.

The Procedure Begins

The first step is making a nice comfy seat which definitely won’t be turned into torture mode later. Patients receive local anesthesia around the area being worked on which dulls any sensation felt while still maintaining awareness throughout the procedure (it’s like having control over sports events – but with your gums). For those who prefer additional sedation options exist such as IV sedation however this option needs some extra careful consideration based on underlying health issues and involve additional risks under anaesthesia.

Once numbness sets-in properly much like temporary bliss, the dentist will make themselves comfortable and make an incision into gums that shelter the wisdom tooth.

This allows for removal of any nearby bone obstructing access, as well as separation from surrounding ligaments connected to the tooth. Once enough space is made available, forceps are used to gently wiggle out your precious bony passenger (or should we say stowaway?) with a firm grip.

Stitches and Recovery

After extracting those stubborn teeth – with much bravery exhibited on both sides – we enter recovery mode, which may require stitches depending on complexity of procedure involved.

To ensure relief throughout this phase or what some people like to call “pain party time”, it’s important to adhere strictly under instructions given post-op such as rest and avoiding complex foods (what does complex even mean?). Various medications including antibiotics could be prescribed if needed along with proper housekeeping instruction provided. And Voila! All done!


In summary – A regular checkup including X-rays helps identify these pesky mouth squatters (Wisdom Teeth). Extraction patients appreciate numbing agents while patiently (pun intended) awaiting removal through use of expertly crafted incisions aided by sophisticated equipment meeting our high standards for dental care where applicable allowing clients / patients modern treatments options. This sensational accompaniment consisting painkillers and antibacterial pills eases discomfort during recovery.

Next time you feel worried about getting them extracted- remember thay are destined to wreak havoc in your loving oral ecosystem; so don’t fight it internaly over possible extraction pains…just embrace quicker healing & improved quality of life thanks overall good oral health function performing more efficiently.

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