Oral Surgery Group provides wisdom teeth removals to patients in East Brunswick, NJ, and the surrounding communities. Our oral surgeons have over 100 years of combined experience, and they are experts at removing wisdom teeth safely and efficiently.
Wisdom teeth usually start growing when a person is between 12 and 16 years old. Typically, they finish growing in sometime during the late teens or early 20s, but many young adults are unaware that they have a new set of molars developing beneath their gums. Getting your teeth examined regularly can help your dentist and oral surgeon detect your wisdom teeth before they start causing problems.
Why should I have my wisdom teeth extracted?
Wisdom teeth are supposed to grow in during early adulthood, but most people’s jaws are too small to fit four extra molars. Without adequate space to grow in, wisdom teeth can become trapped beneath the gums, which can cause infections and damage to nearby teeth. Poorly positioned wisdom teeth can lead to a variety of oral health problems, such as
- Damage to adjacent molars
- Dental crowding
- Cyst and tumor formation
If your wisdom teeth have enough space to grow in without causing these issues, you may not need to have them removed. An exam with an oral surgeon or other dental professional will help you find out if your wisdom teeth are growing into a harmful position.
When is the best time for wisdom teeth removal?
People’s teeth develop at different rates, so it’s hard to say exactly when you or your child’s wisdom teeth will need to be removed. In general, oral surgeons and dentists recommend having wisdom teeth removed during the mid to late teen years, before the teeth have developed fully. When the teeth haven’t fully formed their roots, they are smaller and easier to remove, which makes the procedure and recovery easier for the patient.
What are the procedure and recovery like?
The process of having wisdom teeth removed usually involves one consultation appointment and one surgery appointment. Your consultation will usually involve an X-ray or 3D scan to determine the exact location of your wisdom teeth. You will also have a chance to ask questions and discuss your anesthesia options during this appointment. Once your oral surgeon has reviewed your situation and formed a plan for your treatment, you will be able to schedule your surgery appointment.
When you come in for your surgery, you will likely need a responsible driver to bring you in and drive you home. Your oral surgeon will first administer the agreed-upon anesthetic for your comfort. During the removal, your surgeon will lift the gum and/or bone tissue blocking the path and remove your wisdom teeth. Sometimes the teeth will be broken into small pieces to make removal easier. Once the procedure is complete, your surgeon will suture the surgical sites, and you will rest until the anesthetic wears off.
Your designated driver will bring you home to rest. The empty tooth sockets will heal over the next couple of weeks, but usually, patients can return to their regular schedules and diets within just a few days. During the healing phase, it is important to keep the tooth sockets clean — your oral surgeon will give you detailed instructions for your recovery.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in East Brunswick, NJ
Oral Surgery Group has three convenient locations, one of which is in East Brunswick, NJ. If you or your child needs wisdom teeth removal near East Brunswick, NJ, contact our office for more information. One of our staff members will be happy to help you schedule an appointment.