Wisdom tooth extraction is a common dental procedure when the third molar in your mouth is impacted due to lack of space. Some people have painful experience due to the impacted wisdom tooth while others feel no pain. Let’s discuss what happens during wisdom tooth removal.

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The procedure starts with a dental x-ray session where the dentist will take an X-ray of your mouth to determine the position of the wisdom tooth and study its position and severity. Once a dentist examines the dental X-rays, she will then perform the procedure of wisdom tooth removal. The procedure consists of three steps :

  • Sedation and anesthetics
  • Surgery
  • Stitching

We will discuss in detail about these three steps in sections further in this article.

Sedatives and anesthetics

Fear over dental treatment that involves surgery is common among many people. Sedation dentistry uses medication to help people relax and makes the treatment more comfortable.

Depending on the severity of the position of the impacted wisdom tooth, local or general anesthesia is recommended. If the patient is very anxious about the surgery,general anesthesia is given to put the patient to sleep. On the other hand, if the patient is not apprehensive, local anesthesia is used to numb the surrounding area of the wisdom tooth to remove it.


After the patient has been put to sleep or the area near the wisdom tooth is numb, a dentist starts with the surgical part. The surgery involves removing the gum tissue in the area around the wisdom tooth. An incision is made in the gum tissue to get access to the wisdom tooth. The gum tissue is removed from the way with the help of surgical instruments until the wisdom tooth becomes visible. If the wisdom tooth is covered with bone, a high-speed drill is used to remove the bone to expose the tooth. In case the tooth has already erupted, the dentist loosens the connective tissue in the tooth socket. A dentist may cut the wisdom tooth into sections to facilitate easy removal .


Once the wisdom tooth is successfully removed, a dentist will close the area with stitches . Stitches can be resorbable or non resorbable. It takes 7 to 10 days for the stitches to dissolve. Then dentists places gauze pack in the extraction site and advises to bite on to stop bleeding for about 30 min or longer if needed.

If you are experiencing pain in your back molars, don’t wait for symptoms to get worse. Consult  Dr.Jacob immediately. Contact us at Signature Smilez for any dental assistance.