Many people wonder who they need to see to have their wisdom teeth removed. Are they required to go to an Oral Surgeon for the extraction or can their regular dentist perform the procedure safely? In general, the job of removing a person’s wisdom teeth falls under the job description of an Oral Surgeon and your Central Park South Dental Surgeon, Elliot Ostro, DMD is a board certified Oral Surgeon and dedicated to delivering the most comfortable and successful results. Dr. Ostro and his friendly, knowledgeable staff are committed to understanding, meeting and exceeding patient’s expectations regarding wisdom teeth removal, using state-of-the-art technologies that are both pain and anxiety-free.
An impacted wisdom tooth is one that is prevented from erupting into the mouth normally and these impacted teeth can lead to tooth infection, cyst formation, tooth abscess, or damage to adjacent teeth. The removal of impacted teeth requires an incision of the overlying tissue, and often the removal of some bone to be able to extract the tooth. The tooth may have to be sectioned and your Central Park South Dental Surgeon will encourage you to take the operation seriously and plan for a couple of days rest to promote proper healing. You can expect the area around the surgery to swell, and there will be some soreness, so you will probably need to take pain medications for about two to five days, depending on the extent of the surgery and your body’s response to it. Plan on a diet of soft foods for up to a week. Dr. Ostro will take the time to discuss your treatment plan and answer all of your questions to provide you with the professional care you deserve. He will instruct you on how to cleanse the area of the surgery, how to control abnormal bleeding, and other aspects of post-operative care.
Not pleasant but, unfortunately, a common healing complication of wisdom tooth removal is dry socket. This ordinarily occurs in about 10 to 15% of patients, and is much more prevalent in the lower jaw. With dry socket, healing progresses normally for about three days, then there is a dramatic increase in pain coming from the socket and radiating to the ear. If this happens to you, call your Central Park South oral surgeon right away for proper treatment. There is a dressing that will ease the pain, and you may need additional prescriptions.
In general, earlier removal of wisdom teeth results in a less complicated healing process and your Central Park South Dental Surgeon recommends regular comprehensive exams for early detection and to prevent gum disease.