Wisdom Tooth Removal Can Protect Your Oral Health

Though some patients experience no adverse effects due to wisdom teeth, others can experience serious consequences for their oral health. The highly trained doctors at Manhattan Dental Practices provide gentle, safe wisdom tooth removal to alleviate any issues or simply prevent them from occurring in the first place. With an oral surgeon on staff at our New York, NY, office, we can accommodate even the most complex tooth extractions. We also offer intravenous (IV) sedation to ensure your or your child's comfort. Most dentists agree that wisdom teeth should be removed between the ages of 17 and 25.
Illustration of impacted wisdom tooth
When wisdom teeth grow in at an angle, they can become impacted or shift the surrounding teeth.

Common Symptoms 

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that usually erupt between the late teens and early 20s. While some patients may not experience any symptoms, common signs your wisdom teeth may need to come out include:

  • Pain
  • Bad breath
  • Swollen or red gums 
  • Cysts
  • Bleeding
  • Headaches or jaw aches 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important that you schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. 

When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

Not all patients will require wisdom tooth removal. However, there are many cases in which the procedure is recommended, such as:

Small or Short Jaw
Some patients simply do not have enough room to accommodate the third molars. Your dentist may identify you as a candidate for extraction even before complications occur.
Partially Erupted Wisdom Teeth
When a wisdom tooth is partially erupted, food can get trapped beneath the gum tissue that is still covering it. This can lead to infection and cavities.
Crooked Wisdom Teeth
If your wisdom teeth erupt at an angle, it can cause overcrowding and affect the alignment of surrounding teeth.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
In these cases, a wisdom tooth may be blocked by bone or other teeth from erupting. This can lead to tooth and jaw pain.

Wisdom tooth removal may also be recommended before orthodontic treatment, otherwise, your results could become compromised in the future. Our experienced team includes a board-certified orthodontist and oral surgeon who can provide the specialized care you need. 

The Extraction Process

Our practice utilizes the latest technology, such as 3-D imaging scanners. While planning your wisdom tooth removal, we evaluate this information to plan the most accurate and conservative extractions.

Prior to beginning the procedure, we can provide IV sedation, which will allow you to feel relaxed, as well as a local anesthetic to manage discomfort. If your wisdom tooth has fully erupted, the doctor can perform a simple extraction

Some patients may experience no adverse symptoms but for others, wisdom teeth can be painful and even affect their health. 

However, it the tooth is impacted, the procedure is slightly more complex. The surgeon will need to make an incision in the gums to access the tooth and bone. Often, we will remove the tooth in smaller pieces for more gentle extraction.

Your Recovery  

After wisdom tooth removal, most patients typically take one to two days off from work or school to recover. It is normal to experience some swelling and discomfort for about a week following the procedure. Symptoms can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain medication and ice packs. It is important to note that you should also eat a soft foods diet until your doctor says otherwise and exercise caution when brushing your teeth. 

Schedule a Consultation

At Manhattan Dental Practices, we are dedicated to serving your best interests. Contact us online or call (646) 216-5321 to schedule a consultation for yourself or your child. Our knowledgeable team can evaluate your bite and help you make the best decision for your oral health. 

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Manhattan Dental Practices

236 E 36 Street
New York, NY 10016

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