Considering Wisdom Tooth Extraction During the Holiday Break!
POSTED ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 04, 2015 AT 10:51 AM by Dr. Mark Stein
The holidays have arrived! As children eagerly await the festivities, they also receive some time away from their schoolwork during the holiday break. Though dental health may seem like the least of your child’s concerns during this time, the mini-vacation could be an ideal opportunity to undergo wisdom tooth extraction without having to miss extensive time from school or activities.
When wisdom teeth begin to erupt, they can cause pain and infection, if not properly treated. Thanks to innovative technology, recovery from wisdom tooth extraction takes a mere 2-3 days for many patients—short enough for your child to recover in time for the new year. At New York Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Stein can remove wisdom teeth early on and prevent potential complications that may arise if troublesome wisdom teeth are not extracted.
Why Have My Child’s Wisdom Teeth Removed?
There are various reasons as to why wisdom teeth may have to be removed. Many wisdom teeth do not erupt properly in the mouth. As a result, these teeth may grow in sideways or partially emerge from the gums. Worse, they can become impacted or blocked underneath the gums, leading to potential misalignment of other teeth, gum disease, and potentially cause straight teeth to become crooked. Furthermore, they may cause pain and infection around the affected area, as food and bacteria may become trapped.
When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?
The suggested course of action when considering wisdom tooth removal is to extract teeth that are not erupting properly as early as possible. By being proactive about wisdom teeth extraction, patients can eliminate potential issues later on. Delaying your child’s wisdom teeth procedure may result in longer healing times and a greater risk of further dental damage.
How Does Dr. Stein Remove Wisdom Teeth?
Dr. Stein can remove wisdom teeth either under local or deep sedation anesthesia, depending on the needs of the patient. The teeth will be removed individually during the procedure using minimally-invasive incisions. Dr. Stein’s technique also results in less bone removal than more traditional wisdom tooth removal procedures, allowing for less-extensive recovery.
What Is Recovery Like?
Wisdom tooth extraction usually requires 2-3 days of recovery following treatment. Patients can expect moderate swelling after the procedure that also lasts approximately 2-3 days. Ice and prescribed medication can help reduce this swelling. Dr. Stein can discuss post-care instructions during your wisdom tooth consultation at our New York office.
Mark Stein, D.D.S., M.D. and his staff encourage patients to express any questions or concerns you may have about wisdom tooth extraction, as well as any of our other procedures. You can contact us at our New York office at 212.888.4760, or you may make an appointment online for a personal consultation with Dr. Stein.
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