Wisdom Teeth Extractions in NYC
DDS Group is a Wall Street dentist that provides wisdom teeth extractions in the financial district of New York, NY.
Call 212-269-6655 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Wisdom teeth extractions may seem like straight-forward procedures that can be performed by any dentist, but with these surgeries there’s potential for complications. That’s why it’s important to seek out a qualified oral surgeon to remove your wisdom teeth. Both of the oral surgeons on the DDS Group team have years of experience with wisdom teeth extractions and extensive oral surgery training, so you can feel confident you’re getting the best possible care.
About Wisdom Teeth
When we’re young children, our wisdom teeth begin forming in our jaws. Once we reach our late teens or early twenties, they start to erupt. Wisdom teeth are sometimes called third molars. There are four wisdom teeth in total, one in each quadrant of the mouth. Wisdom teeth almost always need to be extracted. This is because:
- they are often impacted. This means they either can’t erupt at all because they don’t have enough room or they’re only able to partially emerge from the gum.
- their location at the back of the mouth makes them difficult to clean, making them more prone to cavities and gum disease.
- they sometimes emerge at an angle, causing crowding, bite issues, and misalignment in other teeth.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
It’s not uncommon to have one or more wisdom teeth that are impacted. These teeth are fully or partially trapped in the gum tissue or jaw bone. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a great deal of pain. They have a higher risk of cavities and infection than other molars and even wisdom teeth that have fully erupted. Some other complications of impacted wisdom teeth include jaw pain, tenderness where the wisdom teeth are erupting, and headaches. These issues do not resolve until the wisdom teeth are extracted.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
We use local anesthesia to numb your mouth before we begin to work, but for complicated cases or when patients have dental phobia, we also offer sedation options. These range from conscious oral sedation, which is taken just before your appointment, to nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) and IV sedation.
Extracting fully erupted wisdom teeth is a simple procedure in which the tooth is gently rocked to loosen it, and then removed from the jaw. Impacted wisdom teeth require soft tissue incisions; in some cases, pieces of jaw bone may need to be removed as well. After the extraction, we will stitch the gum.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Aftercare
You’ll find full instructions for wisdom teeth removal aftercare on our aftercare guidelines page. Generally speaking, you should plan on taking it easy for the first few days after your surgery, then gradually get back to your normal routine. Take antibiotics and pain medications exactly as instructed. Pain usually peaks in the hours after the surgery; if it suddenly becomes worse, if bleeding is uncontrollable, or if you suspect that you have an infection, call our office immediately.
Call 212-269-6655 to schedule your appointment.