On occasion wisdom teeth, the teeth at the very back of your jaw, may not have enough room to grow normally. A tooth that remains embedded in the gum or is blocked by other teeth is referred to as an ‘impacted’ tooth and can lead to a variety of dental problems including infection, damage to nearby teeth and jaw bone, or pain. When wisdom teeth are impacted dental specialists recommend extracting the tooth or teeth. This extraction can be done with a local, sedation, or general anesthesia. The course of treatment depends on many factors including the complexity of extraction and the comfort level of the patient.