Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom teeth are typically the last to erupt within the mouth. Some of us are unaffected by their presence, while others frequently develop painful conditions that require immediate extraction.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM WISDOM TOOTH REMOVAL?

Wisdom tooth removal is an extremely common outpatient oral surgery procedure. You may benefit from extraction if your wisdom teeth:

  • Have erupted in an abnormal position
  • Are impacted below the gum line
  • Have developed an infection or cyst
  • Have caused jaw misalignment
  • Have caused damage to adjacent teeth

It is best to remove impacted or unerupted wisdom teeth between the ages of 15-25. Dr. Epstein will be able to determine if your wisdom teeth need to be removed following an oral and xray examination.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR WISDOM TOOTH REMOVAL

Wisdom tooth removal is generally performed with a local anesthetic, in some cases sedation is recommended to make the procedure easier for you. Dr. Epstein will begin by moving the gum tissue surrounding your wisdom teeth. If the teeth are impacted, an incision will be made into the gum tissue to access the tooth. Bone that may be covering the impacted teeth will be removed to allow removal.

Once your wisdom teeth are visible, Dr. Epstein will gently loosen each tooth from its socket, using specialized instruments. In some cases, your teeth will need to be extracted in sections to minimize the amount of bone that needs to be removed. Following removal, dissolvable sutures will be used to close incisions.

AFTER YOUR WISDOM TOOTH REMOVAL

For the first several days following surgery, you may experience some tenderness and swelling. Pain medication will be used to alleviate your discomfort. Normal dental hygiene routines can be resumed right away, but it is important to avoid brushing the treatment area. Most patients are able to participate in normal activities within a few days, but complete healing may take several months.

UNDERSTANDING THE RISKS OF WISDOM TOOTH REMOVAL

All surgical procedures present a degree of risk and uncertainty. These risks will be discussed in depth during the consultation visit. Some risks may include bleeding, infection, adverse reaction to anesthesia, dry socket and paresthesia (nerve damage).  Presurgical planning and expert surgery reduces the risks of the procedure.

IF YOU’RE READY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP

Contact us to schedule a consultation for wisdom tooth removal. During your consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss details such as the cost and expected recovery time.