Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to grow in for most people. They’re also the ones located most posteriorly. You might hear them being referred to as the 3rd molars. At Great Neck & Mid-Island Dental Associates in Great Neck & Hicksville, NY, these are things we like to explain to our patients.
Patients need to understand wisdom teeth are non-essential. Whether they don’t grow in at all or end up being removed, there are no problems associated with absent wisdom teeth. Unlike with other missing teeth, removed or absent wisdom teeth don’t need to be replaced.
Wisdom teeth can cause different problems making removal a necessity. For example, wisdom teeth might not have room to grow. They can overcrowd other teeth or become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to cavities and cysts.
We offer wisdom tooth extractions near you, so you don’t have to travel for the procedure. Extracting wisdom teeth can be easy or hard, depending on several factors. Wisdom teeth that are closer to the edge can easily be extracted via a few handling maneuvers. Impacted and deep teeth might require surgical extraction. In a surgical extraction, we incise part of the gum to free the tooth and pull it out.
Recovering from surgical extraction takes more time. It’s also associated with a little more swelling. We’ll give you all the instructions you need for a speedy and comfortable recovery.
After the tooth is extracted, we’ll place sterile gauze or cotton in your mouth and ask you to bite on it. This helps control bleeding and speed up clot formation. To avoid dislodging the clot, patients shouldn’t gargle, use a straw, or smoke. Mild oozing is normal for a couple of days.
Swelling might not be evident immediately. It can develop gradually and peak on the 3rd or 4th day. It’ll then start to gradually fade. You can place ice over the skin on your jaw to help limit swelling. We’ll prescribe some painkillers to make sure you remain comfortable. To schedule an appointment, give us a call or use our online form!