Wisdom Teeth Removal: Extraction vs. Surgical Extraction

1773228 dentistry kit 040214 135Wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, are the last teeth to erupt; if they are not removed in time, they can cause a multitude of complications, including damage and shifting to other teeth. Because they are located in the back of the mouth, wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean, thus promoting bacterial growth. This can lead to the development of growths and cysts in the mouth and around the jaw, as well.

Calgary Dental Clinics, located in Calgary, AB offers professional wisdom teeth removal, which can be done via extraction or surgical extraction. Your dentist will be able to decide which method is best for your particular situation. Here is a brief overview of the differences between the two procedures:


If your wisdom teeth have already erupted, you will most likely undergo a simple extraction procedure. During extraction, you will remain conscious while a local anesthetic is applied to the affected area. The entire area will be numb so you won’t feel the pain, and the teeth are removed slowly to avoid breaking. You may feel slight pressure as the teeth are being removed.

Surgical Extraction

Calgary Dental Clinics offers two options during surgical extraction. You may have a sedative which will relax you but will not put you to sleep; on the other hand, you may be fully sedated for the duration of the procedure. If your wisdom teeth have not yet erupted, you will most likely undergo surgical extraction. You can discuss with your dentist whether you would prefer to remain partially conscious or unconscious during the procedure.