Wisdom Tooth Removal


Your wisdom teeth—also called the third molars—are the last teeth to develop and erupt in the mouth. Because of this, there is often little room left in the mouth to facilitate these new teeth. As a result, wisdom teeth often erupt sideways, only partially, or become impacted—meaning the tooth is blocked from erupting. When this happens, it is recommended that patients have a wisdom tooth extraction procedure to relieve pain, alleviate any infection, and reduce swelling. Wisdom teeth typically appear between the ages of 17 and 21.

Wisdom teeth removal is a fairly common, but it is a surgical procedure and many patients will be put under using a local or general anesthetic. Once the patient is sedated, the surgeon will remove the affected tooth or teeth. If the tooth is impacted, the surgeon will cut away gum and bone tissue to remove the tooth. While many general dentists are trained in the removal of impacted or un-erupted wisdom teeth, most wisdom tooth removals require the services of an oral surgeon.

Following the extraction, some post-operative care may be necessary to facilitate recovery. This recovery period typically lasts a few days—although the length of your recovery varies depending on the type of procedure performed. There are several steps you can take to ensure proper healing and recovery following a wisdom tooth extraction. Your dentist or oral surgeon will provide you with that information based upon your specific situation.

Dear Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines.  We are happy to announce that we are now able to reopen for routine care. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice. In addition to our standard comprehensive infection control procedures (following the recommendations of the ADA, CDC and OSHA), our schedules have been reduced to ensure extreme sanitation measures are carried out between each appointment. An additional reason for this schedule change is to reduce the number of individuals within the office at one time and decrease congestion in the hallways.

Other changes you may notice at your next appointment;

  • You will be asked some screening questions before your appointment and upon arrival.
  • We will ask you to use the hand sanitizer made available in the reception area
  • We will no longer offer magazines and children’s toys in the reception area as these items are too difficult to disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow greater time between patients, social distancing between patients, and reduced number of patients in the reception area at one time. That might mean fewer scheduling options for appointments.

We are screening our employees before they start work each day, just as we are doing with patients (temperature and screening questions).  If any employee has had exposure to Covid-19, we are requiring them to be testing for the virus prior to coming back to work.

Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time! We have been extremely busy trying to take this time to train, expand our knowledge, and improve our processes.  We value your trust and loyalty and are excited to be able to see you again!

Sincerely,

Dr. Alperstein and Team