Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Robert Zarabi, DDS

Restorative & Dental Surgeon located in Midtown East, New York, NY

If your wisdom teeth are problematic and need to be removed, Dr. Robert Zarabi is a highly qualified oral surgeon with many years of experience performing wisdom tooth extractions for patients. When your wisdom tooth doesn’t have sufficient room to grow, is impeding dental implants, or providing a harbor for bacteria to thrive, Dr. Zarabi may recommend a wisdom tooth extraction to protect your smile and the health of your gums and teeth. Call or book online to learn more and visit the Midtown East, New York, office.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Q & A

What is a wisdom tooth?

A wisdom tooth is the name given to any one of the third molars that appear at the back of your mouth, typically between the ages of 17 and 25. These extra molars are particularly beneficial for chewing if they grow healthy and in the correct position.

Problems arise when a wisdom tooth doesn’t have adequate space to grow in or isn’t in the correct position to grow in, so it becomes impacted – trapped underneath your gums.

When your wisdom tooth isn’t positioned properly, it provides a prime place for food to get trapped and bacteria to grow.

Many people have difficulty reaching the back of their mouth to floss between the wisdom teeth and the molars neighboring them.

Complications with wisdom teeth can lead to:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Infection
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Damaged tooth roots of nearby teeth
  • Destroyed bone support around the teeth

What is a wisdom tooth extraction?

A wisdom tooth extraction is a procedure performed by an oral surgeon to remove your wisdom tooth.

First, you have a consultation and a checkup with Dr. Zarabi to discuss the process, and on the day of your surgery, it should only take 45 minutes or less.

For your wisdom tooth removal, you have some type of anesthesia and Dr. Zarabi might need to remove parts of your gums or bone to successfully extract your wisdom tooth. Next, Dr. Zarabi carefully, surgically removes your wisdom tooth and stitches the wounds shut.

Dr. Zarabi uses gauze pads to soak up any bleeding, and after your anesthesia has worn off, you’re able to return home. Due to the anesthesia, you should have someone reliable to drive you home and make sure you’re safe and comfortable.

The stitches typically dissolve after a few days and most people experience little to no pain following the surgery. In most cases, your mouth takes around three weeks to fully heal.

Why would I need a wisdom tooth extraction?

Dr. Zarabi might suggest a wisdom tooth extraction if:

  • Certain problems arise, for example, if your wisdom tooth isn’t able to grow in properly.
  • It appears that your wisdom tooth is likely to cause problems in the future that are best avoided now.
  • It’s necessary for you to undergo treatments for gum disease, certain cosmetic procedures such as braces, and other dental care.

For quality dental care, call Dr. Zarabi or schedule your consultation online.