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If you need your wisdom teeth removed, you can count on Scott Goldstein, MS, DDS, and Peter Rosa, DDS, MD, FACS. At Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants, with two locations in the Bayside area of Queens and Manhattan's Upper East Side, they offer the latest advances in wisdom tooth removal. Schedule an appointment today by calling the New York City office nearest you today or booking a consultation online.
An average person has 28 teeth. The four other teeth are your third molars, also known as your wisdom teeth. They’re located in the back of your mouth, behind your second molars.
Wisdom teeth are usually the last teeth to develop. These teeth typically grow in between your middle teenage years and early twenties.
Sometimes your jaw is too small and doesn’t have enough space for four wisdom teeth. Insufficient space prevents your teeth from erupting through your gums, causing impaction. Left untreated, this may lead to an infection, a painful cyst, or tooth damage.
Wisdom tooth impaction comes in three forms:
Impacted wisdom teeth don’t allow your gum tissue to retract. You can’t adequately clean your teeth.
Your wisdom tooth partially erupts out of your gum. However, you can’t chew properly and your teeth are difficult to keep clean.
Your tooth has no space to erupt. It remains embedded in your jaw or may be partially visible, requiring complex surgical techniques to remove it.
Your provider at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants examines your mouth to determine whether wisdom tooth removal is appropriate for you.
They take an X-ray of your mouth and jaws to see if your wisdom teeth are impacted, if there is room for them to erupt, and whether removing the teeth will be difficult. They predict if there are present or future problems and advise you on your removal options.
Removal is an outpatient surgery performed under general anesthesia to maximize your comfort. The staff at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants has the training, licensing, and experience to administer various forms of anesthesia.
You don’t eat or drink before your surgery. Once you’re asleep, your provider removes the tooth and sutures the gum.
The procedure takes about 30-60 minutes. You’re in and out of the office in around 90 minutes. Afterward, you’re given pain medicine to minimize any discomfort.
You may experience minor bleeding and pain. You'll be given gauze pads to place over the surgical area for half an hour, repeating as necessary.
The team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants also gives you postoperative instructions, including:
You have a follow-up appointment a week later for suture removal and to ensure you’re healing properly.
Rely on Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants for the latest innovations in wisdom tooth removal to promote your comfort and oral health. Call today or book a consultation online.