An oral and maxillofacial surgeon or your dentist can assess and suggest the solution. If they recommend to remove (extract) a wisdom tooth, it may be the best choice. A wisdom tooth is extracted to correct an actual problem or to prevent problems that may come up in the future. If you have any infections, surgery may be delayed until the infection has cleared up which is often done through antibiotics.
A local or general anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches which may require follow up sittings for removal.
Wisdom tooth removal usually is effective in preventing:
1. crowding of the back teeth
2. a wisdom tooth becoming stuck in the jaw (impacted) and never breaking through the gums.
3. Red, swollen, and painful gums caused by a flap of skin around a wisdom tooth that has only partially come in.
4. Gum disease and tooth decay in the wisdom tooth, which may be harder to clean than other teeth, or in the teeth and jaw in the area of the wisdom tooth.