Step one: Diagnosis
The first step in treating an impacted wisdom tooth is a full dental examination, with X-rays and a physical evaluation, to determine how best to resolve the problem.
Step two: Treatments for impacted wisdom teeth
The condition and position of the wisdom tooth will determine which treatment must be performed to resolve the issue. The types of treatments include:
- Extraction: The wisdom tooth can often be extracted relatively easily. The tooth is accessed and gently pulled removed from the jaw.
- Dental surgery: Many wisdom teeth must be surgically removed, under intravenous sedation, allowing for a painless experience. The tooth is accessed through an incision and removed. It may need to be broken into several pieces during the surgical removal.