Wisdom Teeth Extraction Brooklyn Heights, NY
Wisdom Tooth Extraction – The Facts
Did you know the average mouth can only accommodate 28 teeth? By age 18, most people will develop an additional four molars, known as wisdom teeth. The reason why they come in so much later than your other adult teeth remains a mystery, but unfortunately, by the time they arrive, most people do not have room in their jaw bones to allow them to come in straight.
When space is limited, your wisdom teeth can grow in sideways or become impacted against your back molars. This can cause damage to those molars and, if your wisdom teeth are not removed, it can cause the other teeth in your mouth to shift.
Wisdom teeth alone can undo years of work—and thousands of dollars—spent on orthodontia as a child to give you a perfect smile.
In addition to the superficial reasons, there are legitimate health risks to living with impacted wisdom teeth. They are more difficult to clean and thus are more subject to tooth decay than regular teeth. Irritation and inflammation are common, which can lead to gum disease. Cysts can form as a result of inflammation, causing damage to your jawbone, teeth and facial nerves.
You may need a wisdom teeth extraction at some point. It is rare for a person to have enough room for all of their wisdom teeth, and as a result, they tend to grow in impacted. This can be uncomfortable, push your other teeth forward, and create a space for food to become trapped, increasing your risk of infection and decay. This is why we often recommend that our Brooklyn Heights, NY patients have their wisdom teeth removed. When you schedule an appointment with Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights, we can examine you, take x-rays, and let you know if and when you should schedule an extraction procedure. You can reach us by calling 929-208-4231.
What is an extraction?
This is a dental procedure where your wisdom teeth are removed. How they are removed will be based on their current location and whether or not they are impacted.
What is the procedure like?
First, you will receive anesthesia in order to numb the area being worked on. Some dentists and oral surgeons may also offer nitrous oxide to help you relax or put you to sleep so you do not remember anything about the actual procedure.
If your wisdom teeth have grown in straight, removing them is fairly easy. In this case, you would visit a 11201 dentist to have them pulled out using dental tools. Most likely, no surgery would be required. However, if your teeth are impacted, the procedure requires oral surgery. In order to access the actual tooth, the gum tissue covering it will need to be cut open. After numbing the area, a flap will be created in the gum tissue. This allows the dentist or oral surgeon to view the tooth. If muscle or bone is covering it, that will also need to be cut away to provide clear access to the actual tooth. At this point, your Brooklyn Heights dentist may be able to grab the tooth and simply lift it out of the socket. If, however, it does not budge when being wiggled; the actual tooth will need to be broken into several pieces that can be extracted individually.
Once the tooth has been entirely removed, the area will need to be carefully cleaned. Afterward, the flap of gum tissue can lay flat and be sutured back in place. In order to stop the bleeding, the dentist will place gauze on the area.
What are the aftercare steps following wisdom teeth extraction?
Immediately following a wisdom teeth extraction, you will remain at the dentist office until the effects of the anesthesia have worn off. During this time, you will be monitored to ensure that any bleeding has slowed and that the gauze is working sufficiently. So long as it is, you will be sent home to finish your recovery. Just make sure you have someone pick you up so you do not need to drive home on your own.
At Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights, we tell patients who are planning for an extraction to prepare ahead of time. You will need to rest when you get home, so have your bed ready with plenty of pillows to prop up your head. Fill your nightstand with water bottles, additional gauze, ibuprofen, and some good books or movies. Plan on taking it easy for the next 48 hours. During that time, you may want to eat a lot of popsicles, ice cream, yogurt, warm soup, Jell-O, and other foods that are soft and do not require chewing. You will be too sore to try and eat anything else.
To help control the swelling, you should ice your face for 15 minutes at a time and take ibuprofen around the clock. This should be done for 24 to 48 hours. Afterward, you may still need some ibuprofen, but icing may no longer be necessary.
Gradually, you will be able to add in solid foods and begin to eat like normal. The key is to take it easy and not rush the process. Slowly add soft foods that are easy to chew and work your way up to dining at your favorite Brooklyn Heights restaurant. It may take up to two weeks to be 100 percent back to normal, so during this time, be sure to avoid any nuts, chips, or foods that could crunch and scratch your gum tissue.
You will need to schedule a follow-up visit with the 11201 dentist who performed the procedure to ensure that you are healing properly. During this visit, you will get the sign off to return to normal eating habits.
How long is wisdom teeth extraction recovery time?
The first 48 hours are critical since this is when you may experience bleeding, pressure, and swelling. After this, it can take a week or two to recover fully. Your actual recovery time will be based on the procedure and whether or not your wisdom teeth extraction was completed with surgery.
How to prevent an infection after removal?
As a 11201 dentist, we are always concerned about infections post-surgery. Whether you have a wisdom teeth extraction or need to have another tooth removed, there is always the risk that the area will become exposed to bacteria. To prevent this, you should rinse your mouth periodically with warm saltwater. Brushing your teeth is also important, even though you need to carefully avoid the surgical site. In some cases, an antibiotic mouth rinse may also be prescribed.
Is a wisdom teeth extraction really necessary?
At Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights, we understand that each of our patients is unique and so are their teeth. Whether or not you need to have your wisdom teeth removed by a 11201 dentist, we really depend on the size of your palate. If you have plenty of room for all of your teeth and your third molars, they can stay in place. There is no point in removing something that grows in straight and is healthy. However, any tooth that grows in impacted needs to be removed because it is posing a direct threat to your other teeth and roots in addition to being a target for infections. The best way to find out if your wisdom teeth should be removed is to call 929-208-4231 and schedule an appointment with our Brooklyn Heights dentist office. We can make a recommendation and answer any other questions you have about the procedure itself.
If you are searching for a full-service dentist office in Brooklyn, we invite you to call Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights today at 929-208-4231 to schedule your initial evaluation.