Wisdom Teeth and Surgical Extractions

Often teeth, especially wisdom teeth, require surgical removal. Surgical removal of a tooth may include any of the following:

  • a soft tissue flap
  • bone removal around the tooth or root
  • sectioning the tooth into smaller removable pieces
  • packing the socket to prevent bleeding
  • sutures (stitches) to close to the wound
  • additional medications to reduce swelling (Dexamethazone), to help prevent infection (antibiotics), to reduce pain or to help blood clotting

Wisdom Tooth PainMost extractions are either surgical or routine but occasionally outcomes differ from original expectation.  You will be informed after the procedure if the surgery differs from the original consultation expectations.

Ideally the outcome is more favourable i.e. not as much bone removed or the tooth did not need to be sectioned.  The healing may take a little longer if extra bone needs to be removed or the tooth roots are more convoluted.

Post operative complications are not very predictable but there are actions to follow to reduce the likelihood of this happening.  See post operative complications.


Distal and bone impactions on lower wisdom teeth.


Horizontal bone impacted wisdom teeth.