You'll likely need your impacted wisdom tooth pulled if it results in problems such as:

-Trapping food and debris behind the wisdom tooth
-Infection or gum disease (periodontal disease)
-Tooth decay in a partially erupted wisdom tooth
-Damage to a nearby tooth or surrounding bone
-Development of a fluid-filled sac (cyst) around the wisdom tooth
-Complications with orthodontic treatments to straighten other teeth

To prevent potential future problems, in some cases, Dr. Basil may recommend wisdom tooth extraction even if impacted teeth aren't currently causing problems.  Preventive extraction may be called for if there isn't enough space for the tooth to erupt, and it might lead to future complications.  Serious complications with wisdom teeth happen less often in younger adults, and older adults may experience difficulty with surgery and complications after surgery, so preventing these future complications might be advisable, depending on the case.

Wisdom teeth extraction is a surgical procedure to remove one or more wisdom teeth — the four permanent adult teeth located at the back corners of your mouth on the top and bottom.

If a wisdom tooth doesn't have room to grow (impacted wisdom tooth), resulting in pain, infection or other dental problems, you'll likely need to have it pulled.   Usually, Dr. Basil will extract wisdom teeth but in special situations, she may refer the case out to an oral surgeon she has selected for his skill and competence in such cases.

Wisdom Teeth Extractions