Wisdom Teeth Removal in Middlesex, NJ
Prevent Third Molar Complications
Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to develop. They often make an appearance around the ages of 17 to 25. Also known as third molars, wisdom teeth grow in the far back of the mouth behind your other molars. The average mouth is not big enough to house these extra teeth, which is why dentists and oral surgeons recommend having them extracted. Wisdom teeth tend to develop problems that can cause painful infections and damage to nearby teeth. Having regular dental exams will allow your dentist or oral surgeon to track the progress of your wisdom teeth, ensuring that no problems are developing beneath your gums.
Dr. Philip Engel, Dr. Richard Stern, Dr. Constantine Simos, Dr. Michael Stern, Dr. Amy Tanchyk, and Dr. Rohan Prabhu are the wisdom teeth removal experts in Middlesex, NJ. Oral Surgery Group has been providing beneficial oral surgery care for decades, and our surgeons are happy to help you determine the best course of action for your or your child’s wisdom teeth. Contact our Middlesex office today to schedule a consultation.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed?
There are already molars in your mouth responsible for chewing food. Wisdom teeth are unnecessary for oral function, and there often isn’t enough space in the jaw for an additional set of molars. Fully impacted wisdom teeth are trapped beneath the gum tissue and must be surgically removed. Some wisdom teeth may partially erupt and become a trap for food and debris, leading to plaque and bacteria buildup. If left untreated, wisdom teeth or their large roots can grow into other teeth roots or facial nerves. Wisdom teeth can cause other problems, including:
- Dental overcrowding
- Infections, which can progress to gum disease or tooth decay
- Cyst and tumor formation
- Damage to healthy molars
- Dental misalignment
Most dental professionals perform regular X-rays to track the development of the wisdom teeth and ensure that none of these problems are developing. Attend regular dental exams so your dentist can catch wisdom teeth early and prevent unnecessary damage and discomfort caused by the conditions listed above. When your general dentist discovers the presence of wisdom teeth, he or she will refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for an evaluation and extraction.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery
Wisdom teeth removals are some of the most routine oral surgery procedures performed. First, you will come in for a consultation appointment, at which your surgeon will review your condition, take 3D scans, and discuss your anesthesia options before planning your treatment. Our surgeons and staff members will be happy to answer any questions you have about your procedure during this appointment.
After the proper anesthetic is administered, your surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue covering the wisdom tooth and remove it. Your surgeon may break the tooth into smaller pieces to make the removal process easier. Any fully erupted wisdom teeth will be removed using forceps, similar to a simple tooth extraction procedure. Then, your surgeon will suture the surgical site will be sutured and you will rest in our recovery area.
This procedure is typically performed using IV sedation. When undergoing this type of anesthetic, you must arrange for a responsible adult to remain in the office during surgery and drive you home afterward. This person should remain with you for 24 hours while you are under the effects of anesthesia.
EXPAREL®: Single-Use Non-Opioid Pain Relief
During your wisdom teeth extraction surgery, your surgeon can administer EXPAREL to the surgical site. This single-use pain relief manages pain for up to 72 hours following surgery and reduces or eliminates the need for opioid medication. Learn more on our EXPAREL page.
Stem Cell Banking With Stemodontics®
Oral Surgery Group is proudly partnered with Stemodontics, a leading stem cell banking service. After you or your child have wisdom teeth extracted, we can send them to a secure Stemodontics lab for safe preservation. By banking stem cells after wisdom teeth removal, you eliminate the need for a second harvesting procedure and take control of your future. Enroll today on the official Stemodontics website and make the investment in your and your family’s health.
How Much Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost in Middlesex, NJ?
The cost for having your wisdom teeth removed is different for everyone. Several factors determine the cost, including the number of wisdom teeth you have, if any are impacted, your choice of anesthesia, and your dental insurance. Our administrative team will provide you with a cost estimate prior to treatment so you know what to expect. If you ever have questions or would like to find out how much it would cost to have your third molars extracted, schedule a consultation at our office.
If you or your child needs to have wisdom teeth removed, our oral surgeons have years of training and experience removing wisdom teeth at any development stage. When you have your wisdom teeth removed as soon as possible, you protect yourself by eliminating the risk of health issues associated with third molars. Contact Oral Surgery Group in Middlesex, NJ, today to learn more.
Types of Anesthesia
We offer several types of anesthesia to ensure patients remain comfortable in our care.
Hear From Wisdom Tooth Removal Patients
These patients can tell you about their firsthand experience undergoing wisdom tooth removal at our office.
Reviews From Our Wisdom Tooth Removal Patients
Marisa Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"I had to get my wisdom teeth out by Dr. Stern. He talked to me, he went through the procedure and reassured me that everything would go smoothly. It went way better than I thought it would have gone. When I woke up, it was nothing, I should have been worried about. The staff was very, very comforting. They make sure that they're not rushing you, that you feel like they're doing their job correctly, and that you're being taken care of. I had a great experience at the Oral Surgery Group, and I highly recommend it."
Brooke Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Well, I came here because my mom works here. I saw my dentist, and he took some X-rays, and it showed that my wisdom teeth were coming in crooked, so if they came in, they would have shifted all my teeth. My mom brought me in here for my consultation, and they took out all four of my wisdom teeth. I was very nervous for the surgery before I first came in, but Dr. Stern reassured me that everything was going to be okay, and I felt much better about it. My procedure went very well. It took me about a week and a half recovery, but after that, I was good to go. So, if any of my friends or family living in either East Brunswick, Monroe, Edison, I would highly recommend coming to the Oral Surgery Group."
Cassandra Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"My wisdom teeth were growing in impacted and really painful, so my dentist referred me to Dr. Stern. When I first walked in, I felt very comfortable. The team was very comforting. They answered any questions that I had, walked me through step by step what was going to go on. Everyone was very open and friendly. Dr. Stern was very comforting. He has a great sense of humor. The procedure was a lot quicker than I thought it was going to be. [The] recovery was very, very easy. Out of one to five stars, I would definitely give Oral Surgery Group five stars."
Rob Reviews His Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"I found the Oral Surgery group through the standard way—both through insurance and through asking other dentists that I trusted—and found that all members of the group came with very, very high recommendations. All four of my wisdom teeth were impacted, subsequently requiring all of them to come out, which is nerve wracking. I needed a surgeon that was going to be able to get all four out safely, as well as completely without complications. When I came in for the surgery, I was greeted very warmly by the office staff. They checked me in, and I had one final pre-op checkup, and afterwards, there was also a double check to make sure there were no complications immediately after the surgery as well as that I was comfortable and ready to leave. Dr. Engel is a fantastic oral surgeon. He seems very much interested in having the patient be an active part of their care, so he was very, very informative. The staff here are very, very welcoming. They're very informative. If you needed to get your wisdom teeth out, I would very much recommend the Oral Surgery Group. They've all proven to be very, very good, very, very thorough, and frankly, very, very skilled."
Christopher Reviews His Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"My wife happened upon a really amazing review for the Oral Surgery Group, and that's when we looked into coming into this facility. So, we both have to have our wisdom teeth extracted. Dr. Stern was very friendly, very outgoing when he first came in. Of course, he tells you all your options, but then he also throws in some humor in there, so he makes you at ease and comfortable. It's kind of like meeting an old friend for the first time. The staff are incredibly friendly and incredibly helpful as well. Upon our arrival to the facility, we were immediately greeted and seen. Then after the appointment, we actually came back and met with Annie, one of the staff members here who was doing our scheduling and our costing-out for our procedures. With Annie, it was 5 or 10 minutes, and it was immediately set up. Needless to say, we booked our appointment immediately. Appointment went very well, and one of the things that's surprising to me is how quickly it went, how efficiently, how comfortable it was. I definitely recommend Dr. Michael Stern and the Oral Surgery Group. If you're coming in for anything, whether it's some kind of extraction or other type of procedure, again, they make you feel very much welcome and at home, so if you're into being integrated with a family practice, I would definitely recommend this facility."
Frequently Asked Questions
How many days off do you need for wisdom teeth surgery?
You should take at least 1–2 days off of school or work to have your wisdom teeth removed. Most patients are able to return to their normal routines after a few days.
Does it hurt to have wisdom teeth taken out?
With IV sedation, you will be semi-conscious during surgery and wake up afterward with no memory of it. Some pain or swelling can be expected with any surgical procedure. You can manage post-surgical pain with over-the-counter pain medications and ice packs. Be sure to eat soft foods as instructed and maintain good oral hygiene to make your recovery as fast as possible. We provide details on how to care for the extraction sites, rinse your mouth, and brush your teeth.
Avoid using straws for 1 week, as the suction could dislodge the blood clot that is forming inside the empty tooth socket. This is called a dry socket, and it is very painful. You can avoid this by following the instructions provided by our office closely.
Can I get all wisdom teeth taken out at once?
We recommend having all of your wisdom teeth removed at one surgical visit. This saves you time and money without having to undergo multiple procedures. If you left some wisdom teeth in, you will have to undergo surgery in the future to have them removed, so you might as well have them all taken out at once.
What happens if you wait too long to get wisdom teeth out?
Younger patients have smoother recoveries because the teeth are not yet fully developed. As you age, your wisdom teeth will become more fused with the jaw bone which can lead to more complicated surgery to remove them in the future. However, you can have wisdom teeth extracted at any age.
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