One of the most common issues that our number one NYC oral surgeon, Dr. Elliott Ostro, treats in his patients is the impacted wisdom tooth. Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that typically start to erupt between the ages of 17 and 25 years old for most patients. Wisdom teeth almost always need to be removed, even if they do not seem to be causing you trouble. The main reason that wisdom teeth need to be removed is if they become impacted. A tooth is impacted if there is not enough space for it to come through, and if the gums or another tooth are inhibiting it from erupting properly. Impacted teeth are serious problem because they can lead to infection, tooth crowding, damage to surrounding teeth, damage to tooth roots, and more. Impacted teeth can also lead to the formation of cysts that can make the tooth harder to remove later on.
It is best to see our NYC oral surgeon early on for wisdom tooth removal, because as the teeth grow, their roots become longer and make the teeth harder to remove for Dr. Elliott Ostro. The teeth can also cause symptoms to be more painful if they are left in for a longer amount of time. Even if the teeth are not particularly bothering you, you should visit our NYC oral surgeon if you are in the age range of wisdom tooth eruption so that Dr. Elliott Ostro can examine their development and see if surgery is necessary. Before surgery, our NYC oral surgeon will discuss the process with you and let you know what to expect, making sure that you are comfortable and feel good about the procedure to come.
If you are interest in learning more about impacted wisdom teeth or other common issues that our NYC oral surgeon treats, we invite you to visit Dr. Elliott Ostro’s informative website for some additional information about oral health topics and procedures. If you have any questions or concerns that you would like us to address, feel free to contact us by calling the office directly, or sending us a message using the designated contact form on our website.