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When Is It Time to Remove Wisdom Teeth?

Woman with hand to check before treatment at Progressive Oral Surgery & Implantology of Long IslandWisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last permanent teeth to erupt. These teeth usually begin to erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. Because they come in so late, there is often not enough room in the jaw to fully accommodate this third set of molars.

For this reason, your wisdom teeth can create a number of problems for your oral health and existing teeth. As surgical specialists, we here at Progressive Oral Surgery & Implantology of Long Island are uniquely qualified to perform complex wisdom teeth removals. A surgical extraction of your wisdom teeth can help prevent potential problems, keeping your smile healthy and beautiful for years to come!

What If My Wisdom Teeth Are Not Bugging Me?

Whether or not the removal of wisdom teeth is necessary varies from person to person. Some people are born with enough space in the ridge to accommodate their third molars. Others aren’t born with wisdom teeth at all.

Avoiding problems with wisdom teeth without removal is rare. Even if your wisdom teeth are not currently causing discomfort, you may still be in need of extractions. Many issues associated with the third molars progress silently and slowly. In other words, it is always easier to prevent these problems before they develop into severe complications.

can determine whether or not you need wisdom teeth removal during your initial consultation. We generally use advanced imaging technology, such as digital x-rays or CBCT scans, to determine the presence and location of your wisdom teeth before they erupt above the gums. Once we conclude that a surgical extraction is necessary, we can schedule your procedure.

Why Should Wisdom Teeth be Removed?

More often than not, we suggest wisdom teeth removal as a preventive measure. Just because there is no pain or discomfort does not mean there is nothing wrong. Preventive extractions can help you or your child avoid:
•  Damage to the surrounding teeth
•  Damage to the jaw joint and supportive bone
•  Inflammation of the periodontal (gum) tissues
•  Tooth decay or gum disease related to crowding issues
•  A malocclusion, or misaligned bite caused by a lack of space in the jaw
•  Sinus issues, including pressure, pain, and congestion
•  Impacted teeth

Because there is not usually enough space in the jaw to accommodate the wisdom teeth, impaction is a very common problem. Impacted teeth can cause severe pain, abscesses, cysts, and even nerve damage. An extraction may be the best way to alleviate these symptoms.

Why See A Specialist for Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Most dental professionals agree that seeing a specialist for wisdom teeth is the way to go, especially when surgical extractions are involved. However, some general dentists still offer wisdom teeth removal without the proper training. As an oral surgeon, has completed an additional four to six years of extensive education on top of conventional dental school. This supplementary training ensures you receive the best possible care.

Schedule A Consultation Today!

If you would like to learn more about wisdom teeth removal, our team is here to help. Call (516) 741-4415 to schedule a consultation appointment for you or a loved one today!
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