For the 65 percent of Staten Island adults who develop wisdom teeth in their late teens or early twenties, Staten Island Dental Care generally recommends removal. Wisdom teeth can damage adjacent teeth, nerves and, due to their awkward positioning, can increase risk of tooth decay and gum disease. They often come in crooked, crowding the other teeth and affecting the bite.
Wisdom teeth are also difficult to clean, especially if they do not fully erupt, which is a common problem for most Staten Island teens and young adults who discover them. This can cause infection, as bacteria can be trapped under the skin where brushing and flossing is difficult.
After removal, Staten Island Dental Care recommends Staten Island wisdom tooth extraction patients carefully follow the instructions given.
Bleeding is inevitable and should be expected to last up to three days. Rinsing is counter-productive, but firm pressure should be applied by biting down on the gauze pads to help stop the bleeding.
Swelling following wisdom teeth extraction is a sign that the healing process is progressing normally. Swelling that recedes and then re-appears after a few weeks, however, is a sign of infection and should be treated immediately.
Dr. Frederick Hecht recommends an examination seven to ten days after the extraction to make sure the wounds are clean and there are no complications. An antibiotic wash can be applied if infection is present.
Keep in mind that many complications can be avoided if the Staten Island patient has his or her wisdom teeth removed at an earlier age.
To schedule a general dentistry exam or a wisdom teeth consultation, contact our Staten Island dental practice today.
Dr. Frederick Hecht
Staten Island Dental Care
1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, NY 10314