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Wisdom Teeth Removal in Lebanon, NJ

Third Molar Extractions

Commonly known as third molars, wisdom teeth typically make their appearance between the ages of 17 and 21, indicating the emergence of the final set of adult teeth. However, the average adult mouth lacks adequate space for these additional teeth, which may lead to potential issues down the road. Hence, dental professionals often recommend the extraction of wisdom teeth to prevent complications such as dental crowding and inflamed gum tissue.

If you’re looking for wisdom teeth extraction, reach out to Somerset Oral Surgery in Lebanon, NJ where Drs. Hecht, Jacobus, and Gordon, esteemed board-certified oral surgeons, and their proficient team are ready to provide expert care to serve your needs.

Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?

Determining whether wisdom teeth extraction is necessary involves assessing various factors, such as their size and alignment. While some individuals may not encounter complications with their wisdom teeth, extraction is frequently recommended. It is preferable to remove wisdom teeth during adolescence, as they are less developed, simplifying the extraction process and promoting quicker recovery. Nonetheless, adults may also undergo wisdom teeth extraction.

Regular dental checkups enable dentists to monitor the growth and development of wisdom teeth. If an extraction is deemed necessary, dentists will refer you to an oral surgeon. If you experience any symptoms that suggest there may be issues with your wisdom teeth, we suggest scheduling a consultation to evaluate the need for extraction.

Identifying the Signs of Wisdom Teeth Complications

Recognizing symptoms of wisdom teeth issues is crucial in preventing further complications. These signs may include:

  • Persistent Halitosis: Wisdom teeth that are impacted or incompletely erupted may foster bacterial growth, leading to chronic bad breath despite regular oral hygiene practices.
  • Limited Jaw Mobility: Misalignment and overcrowding from wisdom teeth can impede jaw movement, resulting in discomfort or difficulty when opening the mouth.
  • Inflamed or Sensitive Gums: Impacted or erupting wisdom teeth may cause inflammation and tenderness in the gums, complicating oral hygiene routines.
  • Pain and Discomfort: Intermittent sharp pain or persistent throbbing that extends to the jaw, ears, and neck may signal the need for wisdom teeth extraction.
  • Sinus Discomfort: Upper wisdom teeth pressure on sinuses can induce congestion, headaches, and sinus discomfort. Because these symptoms may mimic a sinus infection, an evaluation by an oral surgeon can deliver an accurate diagnosis.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Surgery

Your initial appointment with us involves a consultation with one of our board-certified oral surgeons who specializes in wisdom teeth removal. During this session, they will conduct a thorough oral examination, review your medical history, and discuss any symptoms you're experiencing. This appointment also provides an opportunity for you to ask any questions and voice any concerns you may have.

On the day of your surgery, you’ll receive anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. Typically, we opt for IV sedation for wisdom teeth extractions, inducing a sleep-like state. Many patients have no memory of the procedure upon awakening. However, the type of anesthesia you receive will depend on what you and your surgeon discuss in your consultation.

The extraction process 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 aid in proper healing.

After surgery, you'll receive detailed recovery instructions to facilitate a smooth healing process. This includes following any prescribed pain medication regimen, caring for the surgical sites, and taking precautions to prevent dry socket—a painful condition that can occur if the blood clot in the socket is dislodged.

While recovery times vary, most patients are able to resume normal activities within a few days. Although some discomfort is normal after the 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 return to my usual diet after having my wisdom teeth removed?

After wisdom teeth removal, dietary recommendations may vary depending on individual circumstances. Typically, a soft food and liquid diet is advised to facilitate healing. As your mouth heals, you can gradually transition to a normal diet, following your surgeon's guidance.

2. What is a dry socket and what does it have to do with wisdom teeth removal?

Following tooth extraction, a dry socket may occur if the blood clot is dislodged from the socket, exposing the bone and nerves underneath. This can cause intense pain and delay healing. To minimize the risk of dry socket, it's crucial to adhere to post-operative care instructions provided by your oral surgeon.

3. What does recovery following wisdom teeth removal entail?

After wisdom teeth removal, recovery timelines may differ among individuals. While many people can resume regular activities within a few days, some discomfort and swelling may persist. It usually takes about two weeks for the extraction sites to heal completely. Adhering to post-operative instructions, including medication and oral care, is crucial for a smooth recovery.

4. What is the typical duration of a wisdom teeth extraction procedure?

On average, wisdom teeth removal lasts around 45 minutes. This duration may vary, considering factors such as tooth alignment. For a more precise time frame, consult your surgeon during the initial appointment.

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.