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Wisdom Teeth Specialist

Goodman & Rosenberg Dentistry

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Pleasantville, NJ

You don’t really need the molars in the far back of your mouth: in fact, some people don’t develop wisdom teeth at all. At Goodman & Rosenberg Dentistry in Pleasantville, New Jersey, Paul H. Goodman, DDS, Jay L. Rosenberg, DDS, and their team can assess wisdom teeth for potential complications and perform easy extractions. For help deciding if you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, book your appointment by calling the office or booking online today.

Wisdom Teeth Q & A

What are wisdom teeth?

Your wisdom teeth, also called your third molars, are the four molars in the very back of your mouth. They appear on both sides and the top and bottom. They’re also the last to come in, usually erupting between the ages of 17 and 21.

Experts aren’t sure why you get wisdom teeth: They aren’t necessary for chewing, and they often cause problems. Some speculate that early humans needed them to replace other molars that had worn out from a hard-to-chew diet. 

Today, the foods you eat are soft enough not to damage your molars or cause them to fall out. Additionally, current human jaws are smaller and don’t always have the necessary room to accommodate the late arrival of these four teeth.

Do I need to remove my wisdom teeth?

While many people choose to remove their wisdom teeth preemptively, the extraction procedure isn’t necessary unless they’re causing problems in your mouth. Common complications that warrant wisdom teeth extraction include:

  • Impacted wisdom teeth (teeth that haven’t emerged above your gumline)
  • Infections or cysts resulting from impacted teeth
  • Partially-emerged teeth that are difficult to keep clean
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Crowding 
  • Damage to nearby teeth
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease

If you don’t feel pain as your wisdom teeth appear and aren’t sure whether you should remove them, your provider can help you decide whether the procedure is necessary or beneficial for you.

What is the process of removing my wisdom teeth?

The wisdom teeth extraction procedure varies depending on the presence or lack of complications with your teeth. In general, the procedure involves:

  • Sedation or anesthesia
  • An incision in your gums
  • Tooth extraction, possibly in pieces if it’s easier
  • Cleaning of the area
  • Stitches to close the gum incision
  • Gauze placement to control bleeding

Your provider gives you specific instructions to follow during the recovery process. You may need to take some time off from work or school as you recover and eat only soft foods until you can ease back to a normal diet. 

You likely won’t need to book a follow-up appointment because the stitches dissolve on their own. Still, you should call Goodman & Rosenberg Dentistry if you experience complications like excessive bleeding, a fever, or facial swelling that gets worse after a few days.

If your wisdom teeth are bothering you, call on the team of dental professionals at Goodman & Rosenberg Dentistry or book an appointment online today.