Wisdom Teeth Extraction – Medford, NJ
At our practice, we prioritize your comfort and oral health. Wisdom Teeth Extraction, also known as 3rd Molar Extraction, is one of the specialized services we offer to ensure your dental wellness.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to emerge, usually appearing in the late teens to early twenties. Their name derives from the supposed increased wisdom associated with the age at which they typically appear.
Why Might Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed?
Not everyone needs their wisdom teeth removed. However, due to the size of modern jaws, many people don’t have enough space to accommodate these late-arriving molars, leading to potential issues such as:
- Impaction: Wisdom teeth may not emerge (or erupt) properly, becoming trapped (impacted) within the jaw, potentially causing pain and cyst formation.
- Partial Eruption: If wisdom teeth partially erupt, it creates an avenue for bacterial infection, leading to pain, swelling, and jaw stiffness.
- Misalignment: Emerging wisdom teeth can push adjacent teeth out of alignment, causing bite and jaw problems.
The Extraction Procedure
Our skilled oral surgeon, Dr. George Sandau, conducts a thorough examination, including X-rays, to determine the precise position of the wisdom teeth and plan the extraction procedure accordingly.
The procedure includes:
- Pre-Operative Assessment: A review of your current health status and conditions and a detailed examination to understand your dental anatomy and identify potential risks for complications.
- Sedation: Currently, we utilize conscious sedation to ensure a comfortable experience. Coming soon – we’ll be offering general anesthesia for an even more serene procedure.
- Extraction: Dr. Sandau will carefully remove the wisdom teeth, ensuring minimal impact on surrounding tissues.
- Stitches: If necessary, self-dissolving stitches are placed to aid healing.
Coming Soon - General Anesthesia
To elevate the comfort and ease of your experience during the procedure, we will soon offer general anesthesia administered by Dr. Sandau. This addition aims at ensuring a peaceful and pain-free experience throughout your treatment journey.
Post-extraction care is crucial for a smooth recovery. Dr. Sandau and our team will provide detailed instructions, including:
- Pain Management: Guidelines on managing discomfort with prescribed or over-the-counter medications.
- Oral Hygiene: Instructions on gentle cleaning to prevent infection.
- Activity Restrictions: Recommendations on when to resume normal activities and exercises.
Your follow-up visits will ensure the healing process is on track, and address any concerns you might have.
Schedule Your Consultation
Wisdom teeth extraction is a common procedure that can significantly improve your oral health and comfort. If you suspect you or a family member requires wisdom teeth extraction, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sandau. Call us at (609) 245-5184 to book your appointment today.