The development of wisdom teeth is an extremely common occurrence for many people. Some wisdom teeth (third molars) are able to fully erupt into the mouth and function; however, this is not usually the case. For most of us, our wisdom teeth are unable to erupt properly, and the result is the misalignment of healthy teeth, impaction, or other serious oral health conditions or infections. Unfortunately, this can result in a situation that can cause damage to the second molars in front of them, as well as inflammation of the surrounding gingival tissue and pain.
Whether you’ve been told by your general dentist that you should get a consultation for wisdom teeth removal, or if you feel that they might be causing a problem, we are happy to schedule a consultation.
Why Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Patients who have wisdom teeth are more susceptible to various oral health problems, including:
- Pain, swelling, stiffness, and tenderness in the mouth
- Bacterial growth, gum disease, and tooth decay
- Bad breath, caused by periodontal disease
- Misalignment of healthy teeth
- Increased risk of tumor growth and cyst development, which threatens healthy teeth and the condition of the jaw bone
At Northern Westchester Oral Surgery, we recommend that the wisdom teeth be removed early, during the mid- to late teen years, even if the molars haven’t begun to emerge yet. At a younger age, the roots of the teeth have not fully developed, and the wisdom teeth extraction process is generally much more convenient if they are removed early. Younger patients are also more likely to experience a faster recovery after surgery.
After a thorough clinical and radiographic exam, we will determine if you would benefit from the extraction of your wisdom teeth. This decision is based on a careful analysis of the risks and benefits of the procedure which is unique for each individual. Dr. Weber has been extensively trained to administer anesthesia, also known as IV sedation or “twilight sleep,” and our office offers multiple anesthetic options, including local anesthesia – an anesthetic applied directly to the area of removal.
Our skilled surgeon, Dr. Zachary Weber, and highly trained office staff will answer any questions you may have before your procedure so you feel fully informed. At Northern Westchester Oral Surgery, we want to aid you in any way we can to make certain that you have a comfortable and rapid recovery following your surgery so you achieve the optimum result.