Sometimes wisdom comes at a cost. In the case of wisdom teeth, that cost is valuable and limited real estate in your mouth. If your wisdom teeth are impacted or are causing crowding in your mouth, the team of dental professionals at Zen Dentistry NYC can help. Conveniently located in New York City’s Upper East Side, Zen Dentistry NYC is a trusted resource for wisdom teeth extractions. To learn more, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.
Wisdom teeth are your third set of molars that typically come in between the ages of 17 and 25, when you’re expected to have attained wisdom.
Our early ancestors needed these extra teeth to help them properly chew and digest their food, which was heavier in uncooked meats, nuts, and grains. Cooking technology has made these teeth largely irrelevant, and most people actually don’t have enough room in their mouths to accommodate the extra teeth.
An impacted tooth is a tooth that gets stuck and can’t fully erupt through your jawbone and gum. Wisdom teeth frequently get impacted, with various stages of impaction. Some partially erupt through your gums, others get trapped entirely beneath your gums, while some get impacted entirely underneath your jawbone.
Sometimes, impacted wisdom teeth pose no threat to your oral health and are fine to be left alone in your mouth. Frequently, though, impacted wisdom teeth can be painful and can create pockets in your gums that are susceptible to collecting debris and bacteria. In some cases, impacted wisdom teeth can get infected, crowd your other teeth, and cause cysts and tumors.
If you have an impacted wisdom tooth, schedule a consultation with the dental experts at Zen Dentistry NYC to determine if you need to have it extracted.
The team at Zen Dentistry NYC can treat your troublesome wisdom tooth with a simple and straightforward extraction.
Before your extraction, you discuss your sedation options with your dentist. If your extraction is going to be easy, you might only need to have a local anesthetic to numb your mouth and maybe sedation anesthesia to keep you relaxed during the procedure. If you’re removing a difficult impaction or multiple impactions, your dentist might recommend administering general anesthesia to keep you unconscious during the procedure.
Once your anesthetized, your dentist makes an incision in your gum, removes the tooth, and stitches you back up. Extractions are an outpatient procedure, so you’ll be able to go home immediately after the surgery and resume your activities within a week.
Your mouth will fully heal over the next six weeks, during which time you should avoid drinking through a straw and stick to a diet of soft foods. Your dentist can recommend or prescribe pain medications to ease any discomfort.
To learn more about how Zen Dentistry NYC makes wisdom teeth extraction an easy process, schedule a consultation today by calling the office or booking a visit online.