Wisdom Teeth Extractions FAQs
Almost everyone you meet today has either already had their wisdom teeth extracted, or they will have them extracted at some point in the future. Though this procedure is very common, many people still have questions. To shed some light on the subject, we have answered a few of the most common teeth extraction FAQs from our Upper East Side dental patients.
What Are Wisdom Teeth, and Why Do They Need to Be Removed?
Your wisdom teeth are an extra (third) set of molars that will not grow in until you are between the ages of 17 and 24, if they grow in at all. Some patients’ wisdom teeth never develop, and thus they never need wisdom teeth removal.
To answer one of the most pressing wisdom teeth extractions FAQs from our patients, though, in most cases, when wisdom teeth grow in, there is not enough room in the jaw for them. They will thus grow in at an angle and may become impacted on the adjacent molars. This can cause pain, infection, misalignment, and other issues, which is why your dentist in the Upper East Side will recommend extraction.
What Should I Do to Prepare for Wisdom Teeth Surgery?
Because you will most likely be under general anesthesia, it is important not to eat or drink anything for at least eight hours before your surgery. In addition to this, you should ensure that you have someone to drive you home when you are finished with surgery.
What Can I Expect After Wisdom Teeth Extraction Surgery?
After surgery, you should follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions closely. You will want to eat something when you take your pain medication, and you should take your antibiotics on schedule until they run out to avoid infection. The day of the surgery, you will want to keep ice packs on your face to reduce swelling.
Contact Our Upper East Side Dentist for Wisdom Tooth Extraction
What do you think of these wisdom teeth extractions FAQs? Do you have more questions you would like answered? For answers to all of your wisdom teeth extractions FAQs or to schedule an appointment with your dentist in the Upper East Side, contact us at William Schlesinger, DDS today at 212-517-4660.