Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth extraction surgery is often performed to prevent future
dental issues or to correct an existing problem. Around the age of 18,
adults have 32 teeth, 16 on top and 16 on bottom and yet the average
mouth can only hold 28 teeth. Dental complications can arise when the
four extra teeth, known as the Third Molars, or “wisdom teeth” erupt,
forcing their way into the space.
Because your jaw may not have enough space for your wisdom teeth,
they can emerge at awkward angles resulting in crowded space. If they
erupt they may erupt partially through the gums causing a gum tissue
flap to grow over them. Food and germs are more easily prone to get
caught under this flap and become difficult to clean resulting in
Your wisdom teeth can also become impacted meaning they become stuck
in the jaw and never break through the gums. Serious complications can
arise from impacted teeth including infection or damage to the bone,
nerves or other teeth.
Wisdom teeth extraction is an out patient surgery and generally
requires only a few days recovery time. Local anesthetic is usually used
to numb the area around the tooth unless multiple or all wisdom teeth
will be removed in which case a general anesthetic is usually used.
During the extraction process the gum tissue is opened over the tooth
and any bone on the surface of the tooth is removed. The tissue
connecting the tooth to the bone is separated and the tooth is then
removed. In some cases the tooth is broken into smaller pieces for
After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. Cotton gauze is
placed over the wound to help stop the bleeding.
In most cases, the recovery period lasts only a few days. Take
painkillers as prescribe by your oral surgeon. Listed below are some
post-op surgery tips.
- Change the cotton gauzes periodically to keep the wound clean.
- Be careful to avoid biting your lip, tongue or cheeks post
surgery as a result of the applied anesthesia.
- To minimize swelling, you can apply ice packs to the sides of
your face where surgery was performed.
- Avoid using a straw during the healing process. The sucking
movement can loosen the blood clot and increase the healing time.
- After the first day, gently rinse your mouth with warm salt
water several times a day to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
Corrective Jaw Surgery
Corrective jaw surgery (Orthognathic surgery)
treats the misalignment of the jaw through surgical repositioning. Jaw surgery
may be for you if you have an abnormal bite or have a misaligned jaw. People in
need of jaw surgery often have:
- Difficulty with eating
- Speech or breathing
- Chronic jaw pain or an open bite.
During a comprehensive
examination, our surgeons will use facial x-rays to explain the best surgery
routes available to you. This consultation will help you better understand how
your bite will be improved.
This surgery moves your jaw into a new
position to improve the functionality of the relationship between your teeth and
jaws. While you will find that your smile will undergo an aesthetic improvement,
more importantly, the new positioning will improve your long term dental health.
If you live in or around Glen Oaks, NY 11004 and have a question about corrective
jaw surgery, call us today!
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