Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the final teeth to develop. Most of us have four wisdom teeth, one in each corner of the mouth. They usually emerge during our late teens or early twenties.
Oftentimes, wisdom teeth become trapped, or impacted in the jawbone and cause crowding, displacement, decay, infection or gum disease. Impacted wisdom teeth can grow in many different directions – horizontally, vertically, or at an angle
Angular, bony impaction of the third molar (wisdom tooth).
Soft tissue impaction of the third molar (wisdom tooth).
An incision is made, the soft tissues reflected and overlying bone is removed, exposing the crown of the impacted tooth.
The tooth is extracted, usually surgically sectioned, but sometimes whole. The surgical site is then sutured closed.
To ease any discomfort and promote healing:
Call your doctor immediately in case of excessive bleeding or swelling, persistent severe pain or fever.