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05 / 07 / 2023

Certainly, a dentist is qualified to remove wisdom teeth. However, the decision to carry out the extraction personally often depends on the specific conditions surrounding each tooth, including its alignment and the degree to which it has erupted from the gum.

In straightforward cases where a wisdom tooth is fully emerged and easily accessible, a general dentist might perform the extraction in their own practice. This process, conducted under local anaesthesia, is similar to the removal of any other tooth.

When Does the Complexity Increase?

The situation becomes more complicated when the wisdom tooth is impacted. An impacted tooth is one that has not fully erupted through the gum, often because there is not enough room in the jaw. In some cases, the tooth could be positioned at an angle, partially emerged or entirely trapped within the jawbone or gum tissue.

Extraction of an impacted wisdom tooth generally involves a more complex procedure, which could constitute a minor surgical operation. This could involve the removal of some bone or the division of the tooth into smaller parts to facilitate its extraction.

Specialised Assistance: When is an Oral Surgeon Needed?

Given the complexity associated with extracting impacted wisdom teeth, dentists often refer such cases to an oral surgeon. An oral surgeon, or oral and maxillofacial surgeon, specialises in treating a variety of dental problems, including the removal of impacted teeth, using surgical methods.

However, not all impacted teeth need to be extracted. Some may never cause problems or can be monitored over time. This underlines the importance of having a detailed discussion with your dentist or oral surgeon about the best course of action in your specific situation.

Determining the Need for Wisdom Teeth Removal

The necessity for wisdom teeth removal varies greatly among individuals. Generally, removal becomes necessary when these teeth cause discomfort, inflammation, repeated infection, or if they start to compromise the health of adjacent teeth. It’s also worth noting that even if a wisdom tooth isn’t currently causing problems, it may do so in the future. Some dentists prefer to remove wisdom teeth in younger patients because the procedure is often easier before the roots fully form and when the bone is less dense.

Conversely, if the wisdom teeth are properly aligned, fully erupted and not causing any oral health problems, removal may not be required at all.

Conclusion: Comprehensive Evaluation and Individualised Care

Before proceeding with any extraction, your dentist will conduct a thorough examination, which may include X-rays, to evaluate the condition and position of the wisdom teeth. They will then determine the best course of action tailored to your specific needs.

If removal is deemed necessary, your dentist will discuss the procedure, recovery process, and any potential risks with you. This ensures you have all the information you need to make an informed decision about your oral health.

In conclusion, yes, a dentist can remove wisdom teeth. However, the decision to do so, or to refer to a specialist, will depend on a variety of factors specific to each patient’s oral health situation. Regardless, you can rest assured knowing that dental professionals are thoroughly trained and equipped to manage your oral health effectively and safely.


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