Many people wonder who they need to see to have their wisdom teeth removed. Do they need to go to an oral surgeon for the extraction or can their regular dentist perform the procedure safely? Basically, the job of extracting wisdom teeth falls under the job description of an oral surgeon and our downtown Manhattan oral surgeon at Dental Specialty Associates is dedicated to delivering the most comfortable and successful results. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff are committed to understanding, meeting and exceeding patient’s expectations regarding wisdom teeth removal, using state-of-the-art technologies that make your procedure both pain and anxiety-free.An impacted wisdom tooth is one that has not been able to erupt into the mouth normally and these impacted teeth can lead to tooth infection, cyst formation, tooth abscess, or damage to adjacent teeth. The removal of impacted teeth requires an incision of the overlying tissue, and often the removal of some bone to be able to extract the tooth. Some wisdom teeth may need to be sectioned and our downtown Manhattan oral surgeon encourages you to take the operation seriously and plan for a couple of days rest to promote proper healing. You can expect the area around the surgery to swell, and there will be some soreness, so you will probably need to take pain medications for about two to five days, depending on the extent of the surgery and your body’s response to it. It’s also a smart idea to plan on a diet of soft foods for up to a week. Our doctors will take the time to discuss your treatment plan and answer all of your questions to provide you with the professional care you deserve. You will be instructed on how to cleanse the area of the surgery, how to control abnormal bleeding, and other aspects of post-operative care.
In general, earlier removal of wisdom teeth results in a less complicated healing process and our downtown Manhattan oral surgeon recommends regular comprehensive exams for early detection and to prevent gum disease. With an early diagnosis the chances are also much better to save your tooth rather than have an unsightly extraction and added restoration expense.