Extractions are performed when a tooth is decayed, damaged or fracture beyond repair. You will be given local anaesthetic which will numb the tooth prior to the extraction. Dentists usually make every effort to preserve natural teeth, although sometimes an extraction is necessary. Depending on which teeth are removed, they may be replaced with a dental implant or another oral prosthetic.


Wisdom teeth are the third and last molars on each side of the upper and lower jaws. They are also the final teeth to erupt; they usually appear when a person is in their late teens or early twenties. A wisdom tooth that is impacted can possibly form a cyst on or near the impacted tooth. This can potentially damage the roots of nearby teeth or destroy the bone that supports your teeth. Wisdom teeth that only partially emerge or come in crooked can also lead to painful crowding and disease. Because teeth removed before age 20 have less developed roots and fewer complications, the American Dental Association recommends that people between 16 and 19 have their wisdom teeth evaluated to see if they need to be removed.