Wisdom Tooth Extraction Specialist

Meadowbrook Dental Care

General Dentists located in Mineola, NY

Whether your wisdom teeth are impacted and causing pain, or they’re coming in straight but crowding the rest of your mouth, you need a dentist experienced in wisdom teeth extraction. At Meadowbrook Dental Care, Miguel A. Casañas Jr., DDS, and Publio Silfa, DDS, offer both simple and surgical wisdom tooth extractions. If a surgical removal is necessary, sedation is available. Schedule a consultation at their Mineola, New York, office on Long Island today. You can call or book your appointment online.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Q & A

Meadowbrook Dental Care

Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?

Wisdom teeth often become impacted, meaning the teeth don’t grow in straight. They may come in at an angle or grow sideways, stuck in your jaw bone. In other cases, your wisdom teeth may not be impacted, but there’s not enough room for them in your mouth, and they crowd your other teeth.

Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to develop and typically appear between age 17 and 25. If you had braces or another form of orthodontics, Dr. Casañas and Dr. Silfa might recommend wisdom teeth removal to reduce the risk of your wisdom teeth causing misalignment.

What are the symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth?

If your wisdom teeth are impacted, you may notice the tooth breaking through your gums at an angle. Other symptoms include:

  • Pain in the back of your jaw
  • Pressure, stiffness, or throbbing in the jaw
  • Headaches
  • Swollen gums
  • Bad taste that doesn’t go away with brushing
  • Halitosis or bad breath

In some cases, you may not have any signs of impacted wisdom teeth. Dr. Casañas and Dr. Silfa may request X-rays to determine if your wisdom teeth are coming in at an angle, growing sideways, or stuck in your jawbone.

How are wisdom teeth extracted?

When your wisdom teeth are growing straight, Dr. Casañas and Dr. Silfa may remove them through a nonsurgical tooth extraction. First, they numb the area surrounding your tooth, gums, and bone, then expand the socket around the tooth, which allows them to use tools to pull your tooth from the jaw bone.

If your wisdom teeth are impacted, Dr. Casañas and Dr. Silfa administer anesthesia before peeling back the gum tissue surrounding your tooth. A small part of your jaw bone may need to be removed to expose your wisdom teeth.

Your dentist removes the tooth, and if necessary, stitches the gums closed with dissolvable stitches.

What happens after you have your wisdom teeth extracted?

For the first 3-5 days after the procedure, Dr. Casañas and Dr. Silfa recommend eating and drinking soft, clear foods and getting plenty of rest. They may ask that you rinse your mouth with salt water. You should also avoid:

  • Smoking
  • Using a straw
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Eating spicy foods
  • Exercising vigorously

When you’re looking for a dentist that offers wisdom teeth extractions, call Meadowbrook Dental Care. You can even book an appointment online.