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:
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important that you schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.
Not all patients will require wisdom tooth removal. However, there are many cases in which the procedure is recommended, such as:
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.
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.
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.
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.