At Princeton Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we understand that people get nervous when thinking about wisdom teeth removal. We’re here to guide you through the entire process, from x-rays to recovery. If wisdom teeth are dealt with early on, they won’t can’t cause additional problems such as infection, cysts, or crowding of the other teeth.
The short answer is yes, but Dr. Levine will have you come in for a consultation visit to make a final determination. As you age, wisdom teeth develop longer roots and the surrounding bone becomes denser making the surgery more difficult. In addition to being difficult to keep clean, they can begin to push on other teeth causing damage to those teeth. We recommend you make an appointment promptly to avoid long-term damage to adjacent teeth and to make the procedure less complicated.
Usually, the procedure begins by administering anesthesia which can be local anesthesia, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), or intravenous anesthesia. Technological advances, combined with the many years of experience of the Princeton Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery staff, allow for the removal to take about an hour. Dr. Levine begins by making a small incision in the gum tissue to expose the tooth and its roots. Once fully prepared, the tooth is removed whole or in sections. Next, the area is cleaned thoroughly and sutured closed. Dr. Levine, or his nurse, then applies gauze to the area to allow the formation of a blood clot, beginning the recuperation process.
Due to the anesthesia, you may still be tired upon waking and need some time in the dental chair before moving into our recovery room. Each recovery from wisdom teeth removal will depend on each individual and how they react to the anesthesia and surgical procedure. That being said, bleeding is to be expected, so make sure to change gauze pads periodically as they collect blood. However, don’t change them too frequently or disturb the wound area, as this can delay healing. Ice packs can assist in reducing the soreness and swelling. Throughout the first week, avoid exercise, sucking through a straw, and smoking, as these can all cause bleeding and delay healing. Furthermore, stick with a liquid and soft diet to let your mouth heal. Rinsing with salt water is also very important to keep the surgical areas clean. We will review all of this with you after the surgery and a more complete review can be found in the Surgical Instructions area of our website.
Please call Princeton Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery to make an appointment or if you have any questions regarding wisdom teeth removal.