Wisdom teeth most commonly erupt during your late teens or early 20s, but it doesn’t mean it cannot happen at a later age also. Wisdom teeth are also called third molars and not everyone realizes that they don’t always have to be removed. At Marc B. Hertz, DDS, PC, we are here for you when your wisdom teeth grow in and are aligned improperly, which does happen more often than not. As a result of that, they can crowd the surrounding teeth or damage them, your jaw bone, or your nerves. If they become impacted, which occurs when they erupt only partially and allow bacteria inside, you can expect swelling and pain to follow. It is then that you’ll want to avail yourself of our tooth extractions in Sheepshead Bay.
The first step is to call us and schedule an examination. Our oral surgeon will determine if you have an infection. If so, you may need to take antibiotics and delay your wisdom tooth extraction until the infection has subsided. When you are ready for our tooth extractions in Sheepshead Bay, you will receive a local anesthetic to numb you before the surgery. The procedure itself starts with our oral surgeon cutting open the gum tissue over the teeth that have to be removed. Any bone tissue that is covering the tooth will be taken out and the tissue connecting the tooth to the bone will separated. This will provide access for the tooth to be extracted. Depending on the situation, the tooth may need to be taken out in several pieces. Stitches might be necessary and gauze will be applied to stem any bleeding, which is perfectly natural after oral surgery.
You will receive full instructions after our tooth extractions in Sheepshead Bay so that you know how to care for yourself during the next 24 hours. Over the counter pain relievers or a stronger one prescribed by our oral surgeon will help you to minimize any discomfort. You should expect full recovery to take a few days, but you should take it easy for the first day. It’s wise to avoid smoking, use an ice pack to alleviate swelling and limit yourself to softer foods.
Dr. Marc Hertz
2026 Ocean Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11230