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Wisdom Teeth Removal in Hillsborough, NJ

Removing Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, also known as third morals, typically emerge between the ages of 17 and 21, marking the final stage of adult tooth development. Unfortunately, many individuals encounter challenges due to insufficient space in the average adult mouth to accommodate these additional teeth. As a result, dentists and oral surgeons often recommend the extraction of wisdom teeth to prevent potential complications including inflamed gum tissue, dental crowding, and damage to adjacent teeth.

If you’re considering wisdom teeth extraction, Somerset Oral Surgery, in Hillsborough, NJ is led by board-certified oral surgeons Drs. Hecht, Jacobus, and Gordon, offering comprehensive expertise while fostering a welcoming environment for all of your treatment needs. Contact our office today to explore your options.

Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?

Evaluating whether wisdom teeth extraction is necessary involves considering various factors, including their size and position in the mouth. Although some individuals may not encounter issues with their wisdom teeth, extraction is often recommended. Wisdom teeth are ideally removed during adolescence when they are less developed, simplifying the extraction process and leading to shorter recovery times. Nonetheless, adults may also need wisdom teeth extracted.

Routine dental checkups enable dentists to monitor the growth and progression of wisdom teeth. If removal becomes necessary, dentists will make a referral to an oral surgeon. Should you experience any symptoms suggesting issues with your wisdom teeth, we advise scheduling a consultation to assess the requirement for extraction.

When Should Wisdom Teeth be Removed?

While experiences vary from person to person, there are some common symptoms that indicate the need for wisdom tooth removal including:

  • Chronic Bad Breath: Impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth can harbor bacteria, leading to persistent bad breath despite diligent oral care.
  • Restricted Jaw Movement: Misaligned or overcrowded wisdom teeth may limit jaw mobility, causing discomfort or difficulty when opening the mouth.
  • Inflamed or Sensitive Gums: Impacted or erupting wisdom teeth can provoke gum inflammation and sensitivity, complicating oral hygiene practices.
  • Persistent Pain: Intermittent sharp pain or constant throbbing that spreads to the jaw, ears, and neck may suggest the need for wisdom teeth extraction.
  • Sinus Discomfort: Upper wisdom teeth may exert pressure on sinuses can trigger congestion, headaches, and sinus discomfort, similar to the symptoms of a sinus infection. It is highly recommended to consult with an oral surgeon to receive an accurate diagnosis.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Surgery

During your initial visit to our practice, you'll have a consultation with one of our board-certified oral surgeons, known for their expertise in wisdom teeth removal. This consultation involves a thorough oral examination, a review of your medical history, and a discussion of your symptoms. It's also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have.

On the day of your surgery, you'll receive anesthesia—which is selected during your consultation—to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. IV sedation is typically used for wisdom teeth extractions, inducing a sleep-like state. Many patients do not remember the procedure after waking up.

The extraction method varies depending on the position of your wisdom teeth. For emerged teeth, forceps are used, making the surgery quick and straightforward. However, for impacted or sub-gum line wisdom teeth, an incision is made in the gum to access and remove the tooth. Sutures are then applied to close the incisions and promote proper healing.

Following surgery, you'll receive detailed recovery instructions to facilitate a smooth healing process. This includes adhering to any prescribed pain medication regimen, caring for the surgical sites, and taking precautions to prevent dry socket—a painful condition resulting from the dislodgment of the blood clot in the socket.

While recovery times vary, most patients are able to resume normal activities within a few days. Although some discomfort is expected post-procedure, it can be managed with rest, ice packs, and pain medication as directed by your oral surgeon.

Types of Anesthesia

We offer several forms of anesthesia to ensure your comfort.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I resume my regular eating habits after a wisdom teeth extraction?

Your ability to eat normally after wisdom teeth removal depends on various factors, including your specific case and the instructions provided by your oral surgeon. Initially, a soft food and liquid diet is recommended to promote healing. As your mouth heals, you can gradually reintroduce solid foods as tolerated.

2. What is a dry socket and how does that affect healing after wisdom teeth removal?

After tooth extraction, a dry socket can develop if the blood clot in the socket becomes dislodged, leaving the underlying bone and nerves exposed. This condition can be extremely painful and may require additional treatment to alleviate discomfort. To prevent dry sockets, it's essential to avoid activities that could disrupt the blood clot's formation.

3. How does the recovery process after wisdom teeth removal go?

The recovery process after wisdom teeth removal varies for each individual. While most people can expect to return to normal activities within a few days, some discomfort and swelling may occur during the initial healing period. It generally takes about two weeks for the extraction sites to fully heal. Following your surgeon's recommendations for pain management and oral hygiene is essential for a successful recovery.

3. How much time does it typically take to remove wisdom teeth?

Normally, the extraction of wisdom teeth requires approximately 45 minutes. However, the duration may extend based on factors like tooth position. Your surgeon will offer a precise estimate during the consultation.

Central New Jersey's Premier Oral Surgery Practice

Somerset Oral Surgery is dedicated to creating beautiful, functional smiles through exceptional oral healthcare. We work to create a practice where everyone in the Somerville, Lebanon, and Hillsborough, NJ communities feels welcome. If you’re ready to discover the transformative power of oral surgery to restore aesthetics and functions, get in touch with our office to schedule a consultation to learn how we can help bring you a better, healthier smile.