Wisdom teeth, sometimes known as third molars, are the last set of teeth to develop in the mouth. When they emerge, they are often misaligned or get trapped beneath the gum and bone. This is called impaction and creates a situation that often needs to be addressed surgically.
In addition to impaction, there are many other reasons to have your wisdom teeth removed:
Our doctors at Park Smiles NYC will first evaluate the position of your emerging wisdom teeth and determine whether they need to be removed. If extraction is necessary, problem wisdom teeth can be removed by Dr. Cohen in the convenience of our office using local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes 30-60 minutes.
For pain management, we also recommend Exparel, a long-lasting non-narcotic medication that is administered via injection prior to the procedure in addition to anesthesia. With Exparel, you can be pain-free for up to three days after surgery without the need for strong narcotic drugs that could lead to dependency or addiction.
The relative ease at which Dr. Cohen can extract your wisdom teeth depends on their position and stage of development. Dr. Cohen will be able to give you an idea of what to expect during your consultation.
A wisdom tooth that is fully erupted through the gum can be extracted as easily as any other tooth. However, a wisdom tooth that is underneath the gums and embedded in the jawbone will require an incision into the gums and then removal of the portion of bone that lies over the tooth. Often, for a tooth in this situation, the tooth will be extracted in small sections rather than removed in one piece to minimize the amount of bone that needs to be removed to get the tooth out.
Once the teeth have been extracted, the gums are sutured with dissolvable sutures and patients remain under the supervision of our trained staff until they are ready to go home. Patients will receive postoperative care instructions and a prescription for pain medication. As with all of our treatments and procedures at Park Smiles NYC, we are always available to quickly address any concerns or issues that may arise following wisdom teeth extraction.
If you’re looking for a specialist with deep experience in wisdom teeth extraction to provide outstanding care to you or a loved one, contact Dr. Cohen today at Park Smiles NYC for a consultation!
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