Tooth Extraction in Wantagh, NY performed by Nosov Cosmetic Dentistry

Tooth Extraction Wantagh, NY

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What are wisdom teeth?

Referred to as wisdom teeth because they are the last set of molars to breech, typically during ages 17 to 25, also known as the “wisdom age”, scientist  believe that these teeth helped our early ancestors consume a diet of rough foods. As evolution continued however, our mouths have shrunken, leaving little room for the growth of wisdom teeth. When wisdom teeth grow in straight, they usually do not require removal. More often than not however, these molars grow in crooked, leading to an array of problems that eventually require extraction.  

When is tooth extraction necessary?

Wisdom tooth extraction in often encouraged at an early age, as they can become impacted or erupted over time.  At Nosov Cosmetic Dentistry, we will x-ray your teeth to see how your wisdom teeth reside. Knowing the difference between an impacted and erupted wisdom tooth will help you better understand the severity and state your teeth are in, and although both can result in pain and infection, their differences will reflect the urgency of removal.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth Erupted Wisdom Teeth
Hidden beneath the gum Fully broken through the gum
May refuse to breach Difficult to clean
Threatens to shift & crack surrounding molars Can become infected and cause swollen gums
Can force perfectly aligned teeth to shift May cause bad breath

Early removal of wisdom teeth results in less recovery time and easier removal. No matter what state your wisdom teeth are in, impacted or erupted, Dr. Nosov can ensure safe removal and efficient recovery.

extractions_2How can I prepare for my tooth extraction?

Prior to your tooth extraction, you will not be allowed to eat or drink anything 8 hours before your appointment. Dress comfortably, and do not smoke at least 12 hours preceding your tooth extraction. You must have a responsible adult accompany you to your appointment who will drive you home after surgery.

What can I expect after tooth extraction?

Bleeding and swelling are normal after tooth extraction, but the severity of these symptoms will vary on an individual basis. Patients will need to bite down on gauze at least a half hour after surgery to prevent any excess bleeding. In addition, you may not spit after surgery or chew rough foods. Lastly, it is important that you keep teeth clean using mouthwash and take antibiotics to prevent any infection. About a week after surgery, you will need to return to our office for removal of your sutures.

How do I learn more about tooth extraction?

Julia Nosov, D.D.S., Michael Nosov, D.D.S., and the Nosov Cosmetic Dentistry staff welcome any questions you may have about your tooth extraction in Wantagh. Contact our Long Island office at 516.826.3300, or request an appointment online for your tooth extraction consultation.