Wisdom Tooth Removal
Bergen Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Hackensack, Westwood, Ridgewood NJ
Typically, the average adult has 32 teeth by the age of 18 — 16 on top and 16 on the bottom. The first molar typically surfaces when an individual is about the six years of age; the second molar appears behind the first molar at the age of twelve. The third molar, commonly called the wisdom tooth, is the last molar to develop and usually erupts behind to the second molar during the late teens and early twenties.
Unfortunately, the average mouth can only hold 28 teeth comfortably and the presence of 32 can become quite painful. They can come in sideways, remain trapped beneath the gum or bone, or in other poorly positioned scenarios — often disrupting the natural alignment of the other teeth. If they are partially exposed, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and possibly cause an infection resulting in stiffness, swelling and pain.
Impacted teeth are also known to develop cysts that can enlarge, weakening the jaw, causing permanent damage to the adjacent bone, teeth and nerves. Tumors can arise from the walls of these cysts further complicating treatment.
It is best to have third molars evaluated at a young age to avoid long term damage or the continued misalignment of healthy teeth.
Treatment of Third Molars
The removal of third molars is frequently recommended. This requires selective surgical procedures that are individualized according to patient need. The use of modern anesthetic techniques make the surgery virtually pain-free.
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.
The majority of procedures are performed in the office. Most surgery is completed and the patient discharged from the office within an hour. Analgesics are prescribed to minimize post-operative discomfort. Hospitalization for the surgery on an outpatient or inpatient basis is available when medically necessary.
Recovery is usually rapid with most patients resuming normal activities within a few days following the procedure. Serious complications following the removal of third molars are infrequent; however, discussion of potential complications is made (during your initial consultation) so that an informed consent for surgery is obtained.
Bergen Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Patient Review By Ione Laios
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Patient Review By Samantha L
My experience was excellent. I love this practice, would highly recommend.
- Samantha L
Patient Review By William F
Dr. Moss was recommended by my family dentist as one of the best oral surgeons in Bergen County. My experience has been excellent. Dr. Moss and his team give clear explanations of the procedures, what to expect and are very accommodating to any special needs. I highly recommend Dr. Moss!
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Patient Review By Drew R
Great experience, would recommend to anyone! I was nervous, but the doctor and nurses kept me calm and relaxed.
- Drew R
Patient Review By Eliza A
My 17 year old son had to have all 4 wisdom teeth extracted... and Dr. Diamond and his wonderful surgical team were the best! I felt comfortable that my son was in great hands. Everything from our first visit to the follow up call from the Dr. himself was so professional and well done. I just want to say thanks again to the nurses and the Dr.!
- Eliza A
Patient Review By Sara H
I got my wisdom teeth out here and it was overall a wonderful experience. The dental assistants who helped me during my consult and procedure were very sweet and patient. Dr. Diamond did a great job and my recovery was quick and easy!! You guys are the BOMS
- Sara H
Patient Review By Jason R
Not much pain and back to normal in 5 days
- Jason R