Wisdom Teeth Extractions

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Expert Wisdom Teeth Extractions in Hackettstown

smiling woman with healthy smileWisdom teeth are also referred to as third molars and are the last of your permanent teeth to appear. They are located at the back of the mouth and appear between age 17-25. The term “wisdom” refers to the fact that these teeth appear when you mature and are presumably wiser than children.

Almost everyone has wisdom teeth or third molars, but by the time they emerge, they can disrupt a healthy bite and move other teeth out of alignment. Wisdom teeth can even become trapped, or impacted, between bone and soft tissue. Hackettstown Oral Surgery helps prevent the discomfort that wisdom teeth can cause with skilled extractions. If you suspect your wisdom teeth need to be extracted, call our office and schedule a consultation.


Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Not all wisdom teeth need removal. We perform extractions if there is an active problem such as pain, swelling, or infection. Sometimes we remove them as a preventive measure to avoid other issues. If one or more wisdom teeth are impacted and left untreated, several potentially harmful outcomes can occur, including:

  • Damage to nearby teeth: Second molars are the teeth positioned directly in front of the wisdom teeth. They can be affected by impacted wisdom teeth and lead to decay, gum disease, and potential bone loss.
  • Disease: Although it is rare, tumors and cysts can develop around impacted wisdom teeth.
  • Infection: Small bacteria and food particles can become trapped under the gum tissue, resulting in a considerably painful infection.
  • Crowding: Impacted wisdom teeth press up against other teeth and cause them to become misaligned (crowded or crooked).

What Happens Before an Extraction?

First, we will want to conduct a thorough examination of the wisdom and surrounding teeth. Panoramic or digital x-rays let us evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth. The x-rays can also reveal other risk factors, such as deterioration or decay of nearby teeth.

We recommend early evaluation and treatment in the mid-teen years to identify potential problems and achieve optimal results. Only after a detailed examination can we recommend the best options for your particular case.

There are different degrees of impaction based on the actual depth of the teeth within the jaw. Possible conditions include:

  • Soft Tissue Impaction: When the crown has penetrated through the bone and is covered by gum tissue, it can cause the wisdom teeth to grow at an angle. This position can interfere with neighboring teeth. Food particles can get stuck under the gum and cause an infection that results in swelling and pain.
  • Partial Bony Impaction: When the tooth has partially erupted, a portion of the crown remains submerged below the gum. It occurs when there is not enough space for the tooth to erupt completely.
  • Complete Bony Impaction: When there is no space at all for the tooth to erupt, it becomes entirely encased by the jawbone and requires more complex removal techniques.

What Happens During an Extraction?

healthy tooth over white backgroundWisdom teeth removal is a standard procedure. It is generally performed under local anesthesia, IV sedation, or general anesthesia. Our team is specially trained, and our office has a professional surgery suite. You will be released the same day with post-operative directions and medication to help reduce any swelling or discomfort.

We offer IV medication during your wisdom teeth extraction appointment to ensure that your procedure is as comfortable as possible. Dr. Steven Bogart or Dr. Hubert Gugala carefully numbs the treatment area before removing your third molars.

Worry-Free Treatment of Wisdom Teeth

Many young adults need their wisdom teeth removed at some point, and our team is highly skilled in extraction procedures. Whatever your worries or anxieties may be, the Hackettstown Oral Surgery team goes above and beyond expectations to help you feel confident and comfortable during your treatment. Call us today to schedule your evaluation!


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