The four wisdom teeth, or third molars as they are really known, are the last adult teeth to erupt and usually make their appearance between the ages of 17 – 24. Our dentist at Fifth Avenue Dental Associates often recommends that these final teeth be removed because they are causing problems for the patient and are threatening the other teeth in his mouth. Wisdom teeth should be removed by a Fort Hamilton extraction when they are causing a crowding of the mouth, are impacted, come in at an angle, causing adjacent teeth to shift, food is lodging behind them or are causing infections, pain or discomfort.
If one of the wisdom teeth is impacted or causing a problem many dentist recommend pulling all four. Many dentists argue that the four wisdom teeth should be pulled even if they are not causing any immediate problem just to prevent a problem from arising at a later date. Fort Hamilton extraction of the wisdom teeth is done through a simple outpatient surgical procedure. To extract a wisdom tooth our doctor will first numb the tooth using a local anesthetic, if the patient is uncomfortable with the local anesthetic sedation or even general anesthesia can be used to put the patient to sleep during the procedure, especially if all four molars are to be pulled. Once the area is numb our doctor will make a small incision in the gum to expose the tooth and bone and then the doctor will remove and bone that blocks access to the tooth’s roots. Generally, the doctor will then break the tooth up into several pieces, which are easier to remove than the whole tooth at once. After the tooth has been removed the site will be cleaned to make sure there is no debris left from the tooth or bone and the wound is closed using a few stitches.
Our Fort Hamilton extraction dentist gives each patient specific instruction for follow-up care after the surgery. Any post-operative pain should be relatively mild and controlled by the use of over-the-counter pain relievers. So, be smart and lose a little wisdom by having your third molars extracted whenever it becomes necessary.