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Wisdom Tooth Extraction New York

Making Removal as Comfortable as Possible

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Wisdom teeth often appear during a person’s late teens or early twenties, raising the number of teeth in the mouth from twenty eight to thirty two. Ideally, these four extra teeth are perfectly aligned with the rest of the jaw, and have enough space to develop comfortably. However, more often than not, an average mouth cannot comfortably accommodate this third set of molars, and the presence of wisdom teeth can cause pain, infection and jaw stiffness. By performing wisdom tooth extraction at his New York practice, conveniently located in midtown Manhattan, Dr. Maurice Edwards can relieve the discomfort caused by extra teeth. Contact him today to schedule a consultation.

Why Remove Wisdom Teeth

The presence of wisdom teeth often causes such discomfort that many people are happy to have them removed. However, it is important to understand why extra teeth cause such pain.

  • Due to the lack of space in the jaw, wisdom teeth are often prevented from developing properly and wholly erupting through the gum. Instead, they may only partially erupt, increasing the likelihood that bacteria will amass and infection will occur. Teeth that are only partially exposed are also difficult to brush and floss, making the mouth more susceptible to decay and gum disease.
  • The pressure from impacted wisdom teeth can cause other teeth in the mouth to shift, altering dental alignment and causing malocclusion. Extraction relieves pain while preserving the integrity of the bite.
  • Tumors and cysts can form around impacted wisdom teeth, putting surrounding healthy teeth and jaw bone at risk of deterioration.
While wisdom teeth can be extracted at any stage, early removal prevents discomfort and infection, and recovery time is often shorter because tooth roots have not yet firmly bonded to the jaw bone. To schedule wisdom tooth extraction as early as possible, contact the New York practice of Dr. Edwards at the first sign of development.

The Wisdom Tooth Extraction Procedure

Because most wisdom teeth being removed are impacted, the oral surgery performed differs from a simple tooth extraction. First, Dr. Edwards will take pictures of your mouth using a panoramic x-ray, which provides a view of all your teeth at once. Using these images, Dr. Edwards will be able to discern important information, such as how the wisdom teeth are affecting your other teeth, sinuses, and nerves.

Rather than the local anesthesia used for a simple extraction, Dr. Edwards will order a deeper level of sedation prior to the procedure. In the case of oral sedation, pills are taken before undergoing extraction to ensure comfort and relaxation. If IV sedation is used, a small needle will be inserted into the inner elbow or hand that will produce an instantaneous, sleep-like state that will last throughout the procedure. Often, the sedative medication entering the vein will be combined with a steroid to reduce postsurgical swelling.

Once you are comfortably sedated, Dr. Edwards will make a small incision in your gum to expose the impacted wisdom tooth. If all four wisdom teeth are present, they will typically be removed in one procedure. If necessary, the teeth will be divided into sections prior to removal. Once extracted, the sites will be sutured shut. Dr. Edwards may use dissolvable stitches that will disintegrate on their own, or traditional sutures that will require removal after several days.

After the Procedure

After the procedure, gauze or cotton will be placed over the extraction site to alleviate bleeding and help a clot to form. However, light bleeding is to be expected for twenty four hours following wisdom tooth extraction. Dr. Edwards may prescribe pain medication to alleviate any postsurgical discomfort, and ice packs can be used to minimize swelling. Because tooth extraction requires sedation, you will be unable to drive immediately following your procedure. A responsible caregiver must be present to ensure you arrive safely home.

Learn More about Wisdom Tooth Extraction

As a talented oral surgeon certified in anesthesia, Dr. Maurice Edwards is committed to making your wisdom tooth extraction as comfortable as possible. Contact his New York practice, located in midtown Manhattan, to arrange an appointment today.


Dr. Maurice Edwards, D.M.D.

Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

41 East 57th Street, Suite 1204
New York, New York 10022

p: 212 888 8624 f: 212 838 5533