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Wisdom Teeth Extraction In Westchester NY

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Wisdom teeth extraction is so common that you probably know multiple people who have undergone the procedure. While some catch their wisdom teeth early, others wait until late adulthood, which increases their risk of complications. Fortunately, wisdom teeth extraction is a single procedure–once it’s done, you’ll never have to do it again.

If you have children entering their late teenage years, talk to Chappaqua Dentistry about wisdom tooth removal. Reach out to us if you suspect that you have impacted wisdom teeth or never underwent the procedure even if you don’t have symptoms. Wisdom teeth can still cause issues later on.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Your teeth don’t stop growing when you lose all your baby teeth. Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that start to emerge when you’re in your late teenage years or early twenties. People typically have four wisdom teeth, but some have fewer. Wisdom teeth often cause complications, making wisdom teeth removal a common procedure in the United States.

What is a Wisdom Teeth Extraction?

If you don’t grow wisdom teeth or your teeth emerge normally, you won’t need wisdom teeth extraction. However, if your mouth doesn’t have enough room for wisdom teeth, they’ll become impacted in your jaw. Your wisdom teeth might grow at an angle or not emerge at all. This leads to complications like pain and infections.

When you schedule an appointment, the dentist evaluates your teeth to determine whether you need wisdom teeth removal. If tooth extraction is the best option, they’ll talk about surgery and the recovery process. Many people are hesitant to undergo wisdom teeth removal, but if you don’t lose these teeth, you could suffer from more severe dental issues.

Do You Need a Wisdom Teeth Extraction?

Your dentist might recommend a wisdom tooth extraction if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Toothaches or decaying wisdom teeth
  • Cysts developing around the wisdom teeth
  • Infections and gum disease
  • Damage to your gums, bone or surrounding teeth
  • Pain or stiffness in your jaw
  • Frequent headaches and earaches
  • Sinus issues with no other cause
  • Facial swelling
  • Bad breath
  • Overcrowding and crooked teeth
  • Issues with orthodontic treatments
  • Cheek or tongue pain
  • Difficulty eating

Schedule an appointment with Chappaqua Dentistry if you experience any of these issues.

What if You Don’t Have Symptoms?

Even if you don’t have tooth pain, your dentist might recommend wisdom teeth removal. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause complications later on, including infections, disease and tooth decay. Wisdom teeth are harder to clean, which causes cavities and exposed nerves. Later in life, your dentist might recommend undergoing the surgery–and you’ll wish that you did it when you were younger and got it over with.

Generally, it’s safer to undergo wisdom teeth removal at a younger age. Many people undergo surgery while they’re still in high school. When you’re young, your body can handle the stress of surgery better than an older adult. Adults who undergo wisdom teeth removal are more likely to develop complications.

What Happens During Surgery?

To start, your dentist will give you instructions on how to prepare for surgery the previous day. This may include finding someone to drive you home, not eating or drinking anything, and pausing your medications. Unless complications arise, you’ll go home after you wake up from surgery.

Before surgery, the dentist gives you local or general anesthesia. Local anesthesia numbs your gums while you remain awake while general anesthesia keeps you unconscious during the procedure. During surgery, the dentist makes an incision in your gums, then removes bone to make it easier to reach your tooth.

If necessary, the dentist cuts the tooth into sections to make it easier to extract. After removing the tooth, the dentist cleans debris from the surgical site and stitches up the incision. The dentist repeats the process until they’ve extracted all your wisdom teeth. You’ll feel no pain during the surgery, and if you’re unconscious, you won’t remember it when you wake up.

What Are the Possible Complications?

Most people don’t experience complications after surgery. However, you could develop an infection if bacteria or food particles get trapped in the socket. Your dentist might recommend cleaning the sockets after every meal to prevent infections. Similarly, if the blood clot in the surgical area dislodges, you may develop dry socket. Symptoms of dry socket include severe pain and a foul taste in your mouth.

In rare cases, the surgery could cause damage to your teeth, gums, jaw, nerves or sinuses. However, our dentists take every precaution to prevent permanent damage. Our dentists have years of experience in removing wisdom teeth.

What’s the Recovery Process Like?

When you wake up, the hygienist takes you to the recovery room. You’ll experience bleeding, bruising and swelling that you’ll treat with gauze and ice packs. The dentist may prescribe pain medication or recommend an over-the-counter pain medication that you’ll take while your gums heal. You’ll rest for at least a day so you don’t damage the surgical site.

After your surgery, you’ll drink lots of fluids and eat soft foods while the surgical site heals. Eventually, you’ll go back to eating solid foods. You’ll start brushing your teeth after a day or two, but be careful not to dislodge the socket. Don’t use tobacco for at least a week because it could cause infections.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you think you have impacted wisdom teeth, schedule an appointment with Chappaqua Dentistry. We’ll evaluate your teeth and determine whether you need a wisdom teeth extraction. If you do, we’ll perform the surgery in a safe, comfortable environment with minimal pain and the quickest possible recovery time. Our team informs you about every step of the procedure so you’ll know what to expect when you arrive for surgery.

Other services at our clinic include general cleanings, oral exams, teeth whitening, dental implants, veneers, crowns, fillings, bridges, dentures and full mouth reconstruction. Request an appointment online to get started today!