Wisdom Teeth | Stony Brook, NYBy the age of 18, the average adult has 32 teeth; 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine, and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces. The back teeth (molar teeth) are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing.
The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are your third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth.”
Dr. Jonke, Dr. Guariglia, Dr. Jamdar, Dr. First or Dr. Mundiya can determine if you will need to have your wisdom teeth removed, and answer your questions. Call us today at Stony Brook Office Phone Number 631-689-7575.
Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.
Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt. These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems.
When they are partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.
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Wisdom Teeth Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of wisdom teeth, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to wisdom teeth are discussed.
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Jonke, Dr. Guariglia, Dr. Jamdar, Dr. First or Dr. Mundiya can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or may be future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Drs. Jonke, Guariglia, Jamdar, First or Mundiya has the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.
In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia) or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding, bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics, and a follow-up appointment in one week for suture removal. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at Stony Brook Office Phone Number 631-689-7575.
Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.
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Patient Review by James V
Great experience! Friendly staff , great doctor.
- James V
Patient Review by Michael S
My son had all four impacted wisdom teeth out over winter break. Dr First said it was his most difficult case this month. My son had no swelling and minimal pain even though Dr. First said he would be sore. The front desk and assistants very friendly too. I would highly recommend this practice.
- Michael S
Patient Review by Karen S
Very professional and friendly explains procedure and what to expect every step of the way office is very clean everyone was personable thank you for an amazing experience!
- Karen S
Patient Review by Barbara M
Professional. Friendly. Kind. Amazingly compassionate!
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Patient Review by Melissa R
My son had all 4 wisdom teeth pulled by Dr. First and he was amazing made my son and I feel so welcome and comfortable and walked us through step by step before and after the procedure. The staff went above and beyond assisting me from day 1 and over the next few days on what to do and what to expect. Now I see the reasons why my dentist recommended Suffolk Oral Surgery Associates. They treat you like family! I would recommend anyone who needs oral surgery to go here it was a real pleasure. I would give more than 5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Melissa R
Patient Review by Katherine S
Very pleased with my level of care.
- Katherine S