Wisdom Teeth Removal
Mount Kisco NY
Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to develop. They normally develop between the ages of 17 and 21.
Given their late development, there is a high likelihood that the space in your jaw will be insufficient for their correct position.
This explains the different positioning of wisdom teeth in individuals, with some even failing to erupt completely.
During regular visits at New York Oral, Maxillofacial, and Implant Surgery, we will examine your wisdom teeth and take necessary precautions to prevent potential complications.
Our board certified oral surgeons, Dr. Gary Orentlicher and Dr. Andrew Horowitz, can perform wisdom tooth extractions at our Mount Kisco, NY location if necessary.
What Is an Impacted Wisdom Tooth?
The insufficient space in your jaw for your wisdom teeth to grow in the right position will cause your wisdom teeth to come through your gum tissue at an angle or partially, resulting in impacted wisdom teeth, which are painful in most cases.
If you visit our Mount Kisco, NY office with an impacted wisdom tooth, one of our oral surgeons will evaluate your symptoms and examine your teeth and gums.
We will also do a dental x-ray to check the impacted teeth and signs of damage to adjacent teeth or bone.
Upon further examination, the oral surgeon may recommend oral and maxillofacial surgery. An oral and maxillofacial surgery, apart from removing your impacted tooth, will relieve your pain and improve your jaw function.
The oral surgeon will cut the gum over the tooth by removing your wisdom teeth. This procedure may also require the removal of some bone around the wisdom tooth. For easy removal, the surgeon will cut the tooth into three pieces.
After successful wisdom tooth removal, our oral surgeon will stitch the gum. Most of the stitches are dissolvable and require about two weeks to disappear. However, you will come back after a week for stitch removal in the case of non-dissolvable stitches.
While most wisdom teeth are painful and require removal, you can have an asymptomatic case. Asymptomatic impacted wisdom teeth require surgical intervention or a conservative approach. Removing the asymptomatic tooth is usually a preventive measure against future complications and infections.
Do I Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
Mostly, we recommend wisdom teeth removal as a preventative measure.
The conditions necessitating wisdom teeth extraction include dental pain at the back of your mouth, food and debris trapped around your wisdom tooth, gum disease around your molars, tooth decay, cysts, and damage to nearby teeth and surrounding bone.
While the above symptoms necessitate wisdom teeth removal, removing them in an asymptomatic case reduces your risk of tooth decay and infections.
Does Tooth Extraction Hurt?
Tooth extraction may be uncomfortable, but our team will administer anesthesia to eliminate the pain during the procedure.
Depending on your comfort level and the complexity of your extraction, we may administer one or more types of anesthesia, including local, sedation, and general anesthesia.
Local anesthesia, administered through injections in the gum, involves numbing your gum around the tooth being extracted. While you will feel some pressure during removal with this sedation, it is painless.
Sedation anesthesia, intravenously administered, is ideal for complicated extractions and will suppress your consciousness. This anesthesia also requires local anesthesia to numb your gums. You will have limited memory of the procedure under sedation anesthesia.
General anesthesia is ideal for particular situations where you will lose consciousness and sleep, like sedation anesthesia. You will need local anesthesia to numb your gums. We will also give local anesthesia post-operation to relieve your discomfort. This type of anesthesia requires monitoring your breathing, temperature, and blood pressure as the procedure continues.
Why Does Wisdom Tooth Pain Come and Go?
Pain from wisdom teeth can result from a lack of adequate space for the tooth to erupt through your gums. Your wisdom tooth can also become impacted by the adjacent tooth.
These situations will create room for bacteria and food debris around the wisdom tooth, harboring infection.
If the muscles controlling your jaw get infected, you will feel pain with slight jaw movement, including eating.
Wisdom tooth pain can go away without treatment after some time. You can also try pain management with over-the-counter painkillers for temporary pain relief.
Brushing around your wisdom teeth gently is also advisable to maintain good hygiene and help with faster healing.
However, if you experience severe pain with your wisdom teeth, consider extraction to prevent long-term problems.
How Long Does a Wisdom Tooth Extraction Take to Heal?
Wisdom tooth extraction is a common dental surgery, and patients generally take up to two weeks to recover.
Depending on your surgery, you may need stitches to close the wound, which we will remove after one week.
After tooth extraction, you may experience some pain, swelling, bruising, and bleeding at the extraction site. You will also experience temporary swelling that could cause jaw tightness affecting your jaw movement. We will give you instructions to promote healing and ensure comfort.
Dizziness is also common as a side effect of anesthesia.
Less common post-surgical effects include damage to the nearby jawbone, teeth, and nerves, and infection in the extraction site caused by trapped food particles and bacteria in the socket.
To reduce your pain and promote healing, we will prescribe over-the-counter painkillers to aid discomfort. Also, a few days after your surgery, you should maximize rest and support your head properly, especially at night.
For the first 24 hours, avoid spitting, rinsing, hot drinks, or drinking from a straw as they may dislodge your blood clots in the tooth socket, causing a dry socket.
You should also avoid smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol in the next 24 hours after surgery as they delay healing.
We Can Help You with Wisdom Tooth Removal at our Mount Kisco Office!
Wisdom tooth removal is a safe procedure and preferable to prevent future tooth decay and related complications. While some people fear dental appointments, we guarantee you a safe procedure under zero discomfort courtesy of anesthesia. Also, we will walk the recovery journey with you until you resume your normal routine. Contact us at New York Oral, Maxillofacial, and Implant Surgery by calling (914) 768-8220 to schedule your appointment with us.