Wisdom Teeth Extractions – Fanwood, NJ
Trusted Solutions for Problem Teeth
The wisdom teeth are usually the very last ones to come in, and when they do, they typically only cause problems. Most people simply don’t have enough real estate in their mouth to fit these extra molars, leading them to often become stuck, or impacted. This can cause pain towards the back of the jaw, put pressure on the nearby teeth, and even create a trap for food particles and plaque that make cavities much more likely to develop. Fortunately for local families, our dentists are able to provide safe and effective wisdom tooth extractions right here at Scotch Plains Fanwood Dental Care, enabling patients to get what they need without having to visit an outside specialist.
Why Choose Scotch Plains Fanwood Dental Care for Wisdom Teeth Extractions?
- Multiple Types of Sedation Available
- Patient Comfort Always Comes First
- Better Technology = Better Care
Symptoms You May Need Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Many times, patients need wisdom teeth extraction without even knowing it, which is one of the many reasons why routine checkups are vital. However, you can be on the lookout for these common warning signs that you may need extraction:
- Pain in the back of your mouth
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Red or swollen gums
- Jaw pain
- Swelling around the jaw
- Difficulty opening your mouth
- An unpleasant taste in your mouth
- Bad breath
If you notice any of these symptoms or have tooth pain in Fanwood, call our office right away. One of our experienced dentists will carefully examine your mouth and may even take X-Rays before recommending extraction.
What to Expect During Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Our normal approach is to keep an eye on the wisdom teeth during a patient’s routine checkups so we can hopefully remove them before they cause any symptoms. When it’s time for them to come out, our dentists will start by thoroughly numbing the mouth with a local anesthetic. Once a patient can’t feel anything, they’ll remove any gum or bone tissue that is still housing the tooth before extracting the tooth itself. They will then close the treatment site with self-dissolving stitches. A little swelling and bleeding are common after this procedure, but most patients are able to resume their normal diet and routine within a week.
Post-Operative Tips for Recovery
After your wisdom teeth have been extracted, it’s important to follow our aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. Take your medication as prescribed to manage pain and prevent infection. Stick to liquids and avoid straws right after your extraction. However, you can start working softer foods into your diet like mashed potatoes or other purees. During this time, you should also apply gauze to promote clotting and healing. You can also use a cold compress or ice pack, alternating on and off of the extraction site area.
Be sure to give yourself a few days off of work or other activity to ensure a proper recovery. Many patients choose to have their extraction done on a Friday, so they have the weekend to rest. It’s vital to your oral health to maintain your regular brushing and flossing routine but avoid the extraction sites to maintain the healing process.
If you have any questions or want to schedule a consultation regarding your wisdom teeth, call our office today to get started!