For many people their final set of molars prove to be more of a nuisance than a source of wisdom. The wisdom teeth as these back molars are known are the last to come in and often the first to go. The adult mouth is designed to comfortably hold 28 teeth but the four wisdom teeth bring the total up to 32, often crowding the other teeth. Often these third molars have to be extracted. Bergen County extractions by our Ramapo Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery practice specializes in oral surgery of all types, and with wisdom tooth removal being one of the more common procedures.
If the mouth is wide enough with healthy gums and the wisdom teeth are properly aligned there is no need to remove them but according to our doctors these ideal conditions do not occur very often, so most adults need to remove them. Common reasons for Bergen County extractions include when they are blocked from erupting properly, grow sideways, remain under the gum or only partially erupt. These impacted wisdom teeth can push other teeth out of the way or erupt crooked conditions. Aside from tampering with the appearance of the teeth the improperly erupted leaves opening around the tooth into which bacteria will enter and grow causing infections. Pushing other teeth to find a path to erupt can cause the teeth to shift and the bite to misalign, so wisdom tooth removal is often a preventative surgery done before damage is done to the mouth.
Bergen County extractions are done in our offices and are usually performed with the aid of local anesthesia such as nitrous oxide or with general anesthesia. Removal maybe of just one tooth or all four molars may be removed to prevent any further threats to the mouth’s stability. Once the teeth have been removed the gum is sutured. The patient will be given instructions on postoperative care and prescriptions for pain relievers and antibiotics. Our doctors will remove the sutures in one week. Don’t wait until you have a dental emergency make an appointment with our office to have our doctor examine your mouth to look at how wise it is to keep those wisdom teeth.
By Ramapo Oral & Maxillo-Facial Surgery
February 20, 2019