What are Wisdom Teeth?

Did you know? Wisdom teeth are your third molars found in the very back of your mouth. These teeth usually appear in late teens or early twenties but may become impacted (fail to erupt) due to lack of room in the jaw or angle of entry. The most common type of impacted wisdom tooth is “mesial”, meaning that the tooth is angled forward toward the front of your mouth.

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When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it may need to be removed. If it is not removed, you may develop gum tenderness, swelling, or even severe pain. Impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or fully erupted tend to be quite difficult to clean and are susceptible to tooth decay, recurring infections, and even gum disease.  Pain free does not mean disease free, the worst thing to do is to ignore your wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth are typically removed in the late teens or early twenties because there is a greater chance that the teeth's roots have not fully formed and the bone surrounding the teeth is less dense. These two factors can make extraction easier, as well as making the recovery time much shorter.

If you are having pain, swelling or have an infection, do not hesitate to call our office.  We are open and seeing emergency patients.   Pain or no pain, your wisdom teeth should be checked annually!

Call our office today! We will be happy to help you schedule an appointment.  We work with many insurance companies and will be happy to make every effort to provide you with the finest care and the most convenient financial options.  

 

Cortlandt Manor Oral Surgery                                                                     Jefferson Valley Oral Surgery

1983 Crompond Road Suite 101                                                                     3535 Hill Blvd. Suite N

  Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567                                                                        Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

               914-736-3343                                                                                                 914-245-1220

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