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Wisdom Teeth Extraction Specialist

Central Avenue Dental -  - Comprehensive, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

Central Avenue Dental

Comprehensive, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry located in Valley Stream, NY & Tribeca, New York, NY

Wisdom teeth extraction is a standard procedure most people choose or need to get in late adolescence or early adulthood. Located in Valley Stream, New York, and the Tribeca area of Manhattan in New York City, Central Avenue Dental offers simple and surgical wisdom teeth extractions complete with the aftercare you need to make a quick recovery. Schedule your appointment for wisdom teeth extraction by calling either office or booking online today.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction Q & A

What is wisdom teeth extraction?

Wisdom teeth extraction is one of the most commonly performed extraction procedures in dentistry. It targets your wisdom teeth, which are the four molars in the very far back section of your mouth. They typically do not erupt until late adolescence, and they often crowd the teeth that are already there. 

Which type of extraction do I need?

Depending on whether or not your wisdom teeth have erupted at the time of extraction, Central Avenue Dental performs simple or surgical extractions:

Simple wisdom teeth extractions

If your wisdom teeth have erupted, there is no need for a surgical scalpel to get them out. Instead, your dentist uses forceps and an elevator to lift the teeth out of their sockets, and you get local anesthesia beforehand to prevent any pain. 

Surgical wisdom teeth extractions

Surgical wisdom teeth extractions are the go-to option when wisdom teeth remain below the gumline. Your dentist makes an incision to access each tooth and may need to pull it out in pieces. General anesthesia is sometimes necessary for surgical extractions, but not always. 

Why might I need wisdom teeth extraction?

Your wisdom teeth come in between ages 17 and 25, which is significantly later than your other adult teeth. Many individuals choose to get wisdom teeth extractions because their wisdom teeth are impacted, meaning they don’t have enough room to erupt. Some erupt partially, while others stay below the gumline.

Impacted wisdom teeth can cause your other teeth to shift. They can also cause uncomfortable pain or pressure in the back of your mouth as they attempt to erupt. Further, they leave you at risk for oral health complications like cysts, tooth decay, and infection since they’re hard to clean and can trap food and bacteria. 

What should I expect after a wisdom teeth extraction procedure?

Wisdom teeth extractions require some recovery time, but your dentist at Central Avenue Dental helps you stay as comfortable as possible. You recover for a few days while taking steps to curb pain and prevent infection. Your aftercare may involve:

  • Pain relievers
  • Regular ice application
  • Limited activity
  • Soft and liquid foods
  • Gentle tooth brushing around the treatment area
  • Drinking lots of water

You may or may not need to come back to Central Avenue Dental so your dentist can remove the stitches. If they use dissolvable stitches, a follow-up visit isn’t necessary. Still, you should call if you experience excessive bleeding, a fever, or other signs of a complication after your extractions. 

Wisdom teeth removal prevents teeth shifting, cysts, and other complications that impact oral health. Schedule your wisdom teeth removal at Central Avenue Dental today by calling the office or booking online.