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Impacted Tooth Extraction

An impacted tooth is a tooth that is partially or totally trapped within the gum. This often occurs with wisdom teeth (3rd molars) as there is not enough space for the tooth to fully erupt.

Your dentist may recommend extraction if there is a significantly greater risk of infection or tooth decay.  Impacted teeth may be removed by your dentist or they may refer you to an oral & maxillofacial surgeon.

An incision (cut) is made in your gum and access to the impacted tooth is gained by pushing aside gum tissue and, if necessary, removing some bone. The tooth is removed whole or in pieces and the gum stitched together over the wound.

We will refer you to an oral surgeon for all difficult surgical cases.

This page was last updated at 11:14AM on January 28, 2021.