Mamaroneck Wisdom Tooth Extraction to Save Your Smile
The average adult has 32 teeth by the age of 18. Each tooth has a specific location, function, and even its own name, all working together to give you the proper tools to bite, chew and grind up food to safely swallow. This may be a surprise, but the average adult mouth is also only made to hold 28 teeth, so you can imagine the discomfort that adults experience when there are four more teeth making their way in! These teeth are commonly known as your wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth are a set of four adult molars in the back of your mouth that are typically removed due to their size and discomfort. These teeth can also cause serious dental issues, like shifting your other teeth, consistent and throbbing pressure, and more. Your wisdom teeth usually grow under the surface of your gums and can begin to push your other adult teeth to make room, adjusting your smile in a way that can harm your overall dental health.
Receiving a Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Mamaroneck, NY
If your wisdom tooth doesn’t have enough room to properly grow, or if it’s impacted and shifting the surrounding teeth, it’s wise to have it removed. An impacted tooth means that the molar is forming horizontally rather than vertically, which is pushing it directly into the neighboring tooth. If it’s impacted, you could be dealing with an incredible amount of pain, as well as being at a much higher risk for gum disease and tooth decay. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, they must be extracted.
If your teeth have partially erupted, the opening around this area leaves it vulnerable for bacteria, which can eventually cause an infection. Dr. Ghobadi may notice swelling and redness in this area, which is a sure sign that the tooth needs to be removed. The potential shifting can disrupt the natural alignment of your teeth, which can result in further infections and discomfort. One of the most serious issues you may run into is when cysts or tumors from around the impacted tooth, which can turn into extreme damage to the jawbone and healthy teeth. Thankfully, once Dr. Ghobadi properly removes these impacted teeth, these problems and risks are commonly resolved. By removing them early, you’re lowering your risk of future problems, ranging from gum disease to extensive surgery.
Having an impacted wisdom tooth can lead to the following risks:
- Trapping food and debris behind the wisdom tooth, which can lead to a cavity or infection
- Pain, ranging from mild to severe
- Infection or periodontal disease
- Tooth decay in a partially erupted wisdom tooth
- Damage to a nearby tooth or surrounding bone
- Tooth abscess
- Complications with orthodontic treatments to straighten other teeth
Oral Examination to Evaluate Your Wisdom Teeth
As Dr. Ghobadi completes an oral examination and performs x-rays of your mouth, he’ll be able to take a critical eye at the position of your wisdom teeth and diagnose the issue properly, as well as potentially predict any problems your wisdom teeth may cause in the future. With the help of early examination and treatment, many patients have lived comfortable and happy lives without the pain of their impacted teeth.
If you’re worried about your wisdom teeth and the pain you may be experiencing, we urge you to contact Dr. Ghobadi right away and schedule your evaluation.
The Procedure of Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Dr. Ghobadi and his team want to make sure you’re comfortable during your procedure, so you’ll have a few different options for sedation during the extraction. Every patient’s smile is different, but your preference is always taken into consideration. These options will be thoroughly discussed with you before the procedure, so feel free to ask us any questions or concerns you may have.
Each patient will receive local anesthesia administered in the gums to numb the area where the tooth will be extracted. You can then either be put to sleep or receive nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas. Wisdom teeth extraction in Mamaroneck NY is relatively simple and doesn’t typically take long periods of time, especially with a professional like Dr. Ghobadi.
During the procedure, Dr. Ghobadi will create an incision in the gums to expose the tooth. Next, we’ll remove any part of the bone that blocks access to the tooth. Sometimes, to remove the tooth in an easier manner, the tooth may be cut into pieces. Once the tooth is removed, Dr. Ghobadi will properly and thoroughly clean the area and stitch it closed.
After the procedure is finished, Dr. Ghobadi will provide you with gauze to help control the bleeding and promote the creation of a blood clot over the area as it heals. While it is not always necessary for every patient, you may also be prescribed pain medication to aid you in the healing process. You’ll receive thorough post-operative instructions from Dr. Ghobadi, as well as scheduling a follow-up appointment to see how you’re recovering.
If you would like to learn more about our wisdom teeth extraction in Mamaroneck NY, please call Dr. Ghobadi’s office to request more information or schedule an examination appointment. You can reach us at (914) 698-4090 or email us at [email protected]. We’re here to help you with all your dental and oral health needs and we look forward to hearing from you!
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