Wisdom Teeth

Ghobadi Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon located in Westchester, Mamaroneck, NY

Located at the very back of your mouth, your wisdom teeth emerge after all of your other teeth. As a result, they’re more likely to become impacted or experience decay. Shahin Ghobadi, DMD, and the team at Ghobadi Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, in Mamaroneck, New York, regularly perform wisdom teeth extractions to improve their patients’ overall oral health and quality of life. To see if you’re a candidate, call the office or click the online scheduling tool today.

Wisdom Teeth Q & A

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, typically break through your gum line between the ages of 17-24. 

When wisdom teeth emerge properly aligned, they can be an asset to your mouth and improve your chewing strength. However, more often than not, they’re misaligned and require extraction. 

If your wisdom teeth are poorly aligned, it can have a number of serious consequences. For example, crooked or impacted wisdom teeth might chip your surrounding teeth, damage your jawbone, or negatively impact your nerves. 

Does everyone have wisdom teeth?

Surprisingly, the answer is no. Some people have two, others have four, and there are those that have none at all. Experts aren’t entirely sure why this is, but it’s thought that evolutionary biology plays a role. 

Even if your wisdom teeth haven’t come in yet, the team at Ghobadi Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery can take digital X-rays to monitor their location and progress. If your dentist suspects your wisdom teeth might become impacted, they’ll likely go ahead and recommend an extraction. 

Why would I need to have my wisdom teeth extracted?

If your wisdom teeth are causing you pain or an X-ray shows that they might cause your problems in the future, your Ghobadi Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery provider might recommend extraction. Other reasons the team might recommend wisdom tooth extraction include:

  • Damage to other teeth
  • Jaw damage
  • Sinus problems
  • Inflamed gums
  • Cavities

Your dentist may also recommend wisdom tooth extraction if you have crooked or misaligned wisdom teeth. Misaligned wisdom teeth are harder to clean and maintain. 

What is the process for wisdom teeth extraction?

At Ghobadi Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, the team performs wisdom teeth extractions on-site in their comfortable, welcoming offices. 

Prior to your extractions, your dentist administers a local anesthetic like Novocaine to numb your gums, tooth roots, and surrounding tissues. If you suffer from dental anxiety or fear surgery, your provider might also recommend sedation dentistry to help you relax. 

After the anesthesia sets in, your Ghobadi Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery provider makes a series of careful incisions around your wisdom teeth, cutting through your gum and bone. Next, your provider uses a pair of dental forceps to gently loosen and extract them.

After removing your teeth, your dentist stitches up your wounds. They might also place a few gauze pads in the back of your mouth to absorb any excess blood. The process typically takes no longer than 45 minutes. 

If you’re concerned about your wisdom teeth, make an appointment at Ghobadi Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery today. Simply call the office or click the booking tool.