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Wisdom Teeth Removal in Somerville, NJ

Extracting Third Molars

Also referred to as third molars, wisdom teeth typically emerge between the ages of 17 and 21, making them the final set of adult teeth to develop. However, the average adult mouth often lacks sufficient space for these additional teeth, potentially leading to various issues. Consequently, dentists and oral surgeons frequently recommend wisdom teeth extraction. This proactive measure can mitigate a host of complications, including inflamed gum tissue, dental crowding, and damage to neighboring teeth, among others.

If you’re looking for expert extraction services, look no further than Somerset Oral Surgery. Our board-certified oral surgeons, Drs. Hecht, Jacobus, and Gordon, are renowned for their extensive expertise in this procedure. Contact our office in Somerville, NJ to schedule a consultation and take a step closer to a more functional smile.

Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?

Evaluating the necessity of wisdom teeth removal 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 to prevent the potential for future complications. Wisdom teeth are ideally removed during adolescence when they are less developed, simplifying the extraction process and facilitating faster recovery. Nonetheless, adults may also require wisdom teeth extraction.

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 that indicate issues with your wisdom teeth, we encourage you to schedule a consultation to assess whether an extraction is needed.

Recognizing the Need for Wisdom Teeth Removal

There are many symptoms that may indicate the need for wisdom teeth extraction, including:

  • Persistent Bad Breath: Impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth can create pockets for bacterial buildup, leading to chronic bad breath despite regular brushing.
  • Difficulty Opening the Mouth: Misalignment and overcrowding caused by wisdom teeth can restrict jaw movement, resulting in pain or difficulty when opening the mouth.
  • Swollen or Tender Gums: Impacted or erupting wisdom teeth can cause inflammation and tenderness in the gums, making flossing challenging in affected areas.
  • Pain and Discomfort: Sharp, intermittent pain or constant throbbing extending to the jaw, ears, and neck may indicate the need for wisdom teeth removal.
  • Sinus Pain: Upper wisdom teeth can exert pressure on sinuses, causing congestion, headaches, and sinus pain. These symptoms can sometimes be mistaken for a sinus infection, emphasizing the importance of consulting an oral surgeon for an accurate diagnosis.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Surgery

Your initial visit to our practice involves a consultation with one of our board-certified oral surgeons known for their expertise in wisdom teeth removal. During this session, they will conduct a comprehensive oral examination, review your medical history, and discuss the symptoms you're experiencing. This appointment also serves as an excellent opportunity to address any questions or concerns you may have.

On the day of your surgery, the anesthesia selected during your consultation is administered to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. Typically, we utilize IV sedation for wisdom teeth extractions, inducing a sleep-like state. Many patients have no recollection of the procedure upon awakening.

If your wisdom teeth have emerged, the extraction process involves the use of forceps, rendering the surgery swift and uncomplicated. However, for impacted or sub-gum line wisdom teeth, the surgeon will make an incision in the gum to access and extract the tooth. Sutures are then applied to close the incisions and facilitate proper healing.

Following surgery, you'll receive detailed recovery instructions to aid in a smooth healing process. This includes adhering to any prescribed pain medication regimen, attending to the surgical sites, and preventing the occurrence of dry socket—a painful condition resulting from the dislodgment of the blood clot within the socket.

While recovery times vary, most patients resume normal activities within a few days. Although some discomfort is expected post-procedure, it can be effectively managed with adequate rest, the application of ice packs, and the appropriate use of 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. Is it okay to eat normally after undergoing wisdom teeth removal surgery?

Following wisdom teeth extraction, your oral surgeon will provide specific dietary guidelines tailored to your case. Initially, a soft food and liquid diet is recommended to aid in the healing process. You may gradually reintroduce solid foods as your mouth heals, so long as you adhere to the instructions provided by your surgeon.

2. What constitutes a dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

A dry socket occurs when the blood clot in the extraction site is dislodged prematurely, exposing the underlying bone and nerves. This can lead to significant pain and delay the healing process. To prevent a dry socket, it's important to follow post-operative instructions, including avoiding activities like smoking and using straws.

3. What should one expect during the recovery phase after wisdom teeth removal?

Recovery following wisdom teeth removal varies from person to person. While most individuals can resume normal activities within a few days, some discomfort and swelling may persist during the healing process. It typically takes about two weeks for the extraction sites to fully heal. Follow your surgeon's post-operative instructions carefully for optimal recovery.

4. What is the approximate time of a wisdom teeth extraction procedure?

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.