Our oral surgeons are wisdom teeth removal experts in Middlesex, NJ. Oral Surgery Group has been providing high-quality oral surgery care for years, and our surgeons are happy to help you determine the best course of action for your or your child’s wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth are the last of all the adult teeth to grow in. Also known as third molars, wisdom teeth grow in the far back of the mouth during your late teen years or early 20s. Unfortunately, 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.
Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?
Wisdom teeth don’t always need to be removed, but the majority of people do not have adequate space in their mouths for wisdom teeth to erupt in a healthy manner. Sometimes wisdom teeth will start to grow in sideways, which can eventually lead to a collision with your healthy second molars. This forced misdirection of your healthy teeth can result in a variety of oral health problems:
- Crowding of healthy teeth
- Impaction and infections
- Cyst and tumor formation
- Damage to healthy molars
Most dental professionals perform regular X-rays to track the development of the wisdom teeth and ensure that none of these problems are developing. Attending regular dental exams before your wisdom teeth emerge fully from the gums can prevent unnecessary damage and discomfort caused by the conditions listed above. In general, if your wisdom teeth pose a threat to your overall oral health, it’s best to have wisdom teeth removed early so that the teeth are smaller and easier to remove.
What is the procedure like?
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 and, if necessary, take any additional scans before planning your treatment. Our surgeons and staff members will be happy to answer any questions you have about your procedure during this appointment.
When you return for your procedure, you will likely need a designated driver to bring you home (depending on the type of anesthesia you receive). After the proper anesthetic is administered, your surgeon will lift a small portion of the gum or bone tissue covering the wisdom tooth. Next, the tooth will be removed. Your surgeon may break the tooth into smaller pieces to make the removal process easier. Then the surgical site will be sutured, and once the anesthesia wears off, your driver can bring you home.
Our staff wants your entire procedure to go as smoothly as possible, from your initial consultation through the end of recovery. You will be given a prescription for medication to control any discomfort after your procedure. Most patients feel ready to return to their normal routines after a few days of rest and soft foods. Your surgeon will go over all of your recovery instructions with you before your procedure so that you have time to prepare before your surgery.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Middlesex, NJ
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. Contact our office in Middlesex, NJ, or one of our other two convenient locations for more information.