Wisdom Teeth Removal

East Village Dental PC

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Lower East Side, New York, NY

For many teens and young adults, wisdom teeth removal is a rite of passage. If your wisdom teeth are starting to come in, and they’re painful or difficult to reach, don’t wait to seek professional help. The team at East Village Dental in the Lower East Side of Manhattan proudly offers wisdom teeth removal to teens and adults. If it’s time to schedule your appointment, call the New York City office or click the online booking tool today.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Q & A

What are wisdom teeth?

Your wisdom teeth or third molars are the last of your permanent teeth to come in. They usually break through your gum line sometime between the ages of 17-25. 

Because wisdom teeth come in later than all of your other teeth, they’re also more likely to cause problems like overcrowding and impaction. Without taking action, wisdom teeth may also increase your risk of cavities, gum disease, and even tooth loss. 

Why would I need wisdom teeth removal?

Wisdom teeth that come in properly aligned provide a valuable asset to your mouth. However, if you have misaligned wisdom teeth, you might experience damage to your adjacent teeth, jawbone, or nerves. 

It’s also possible for wisdom teeth to become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth don’t fully break through your gum line. This may cause an infection, jaw pain, or general illness. 

Partially erupted wisdom teeth are also more likely to develop cavities. If you’re at risk of any of these issues, the team at East Village Dental will likely recommend wisdom teeth removal.

Do I need my wisdom teeth removed?

Only a dentist can determine if you’ll benefit from wisdom teeth removal. Following a review of your medical history, discussion of your symptoms, and thorough oral exam, which may include digital X-rays, your East Village Dental provider can recommend a treatment option that most aligns with your needs.

What happens during wisdom teeth removal?

At East Village Dental, the team performs wisdom teeth removal as an outpatient procedure. Prior to extracting your wisdom teeth, your dentist administers a local anesthetic to numb your tooth roots and gums. After the anesthesia sets in, your doctor carefully extracts each wisdom tooth using dental forceps.

If you have impacted wisdom teeth or your wisdom teeth are causing other oral health problems, your dentist might recommend treatment from an oral surgeon. The team at East Village Dental regularly refers their patients to experienced, compassionate oral surgeons in the area. 

What is the recovery process like following wisdom teeth removal?

Most people feel very little pain after wisdom teeth removal. However, once the anesthesia wears off, it’s normal to experience swelling for about three days. 

In the weeks after your extraction, follow your dentist’s instructions carefully. Take any medications as prescribed and if you experience pain or discomfort, place an ice pack on your affected jaw. 

You should also eat soft foods, and do not drink from a straw. If you develop a fever or your pain and swelling don’t improve, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at East Village Dental. 

Don’t wait to make an appointment for wisdom teeth removal, book yours with the team at East Village Dental today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.