Wisdom Tooth Removal
Bergen Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Hackensack, Ridgewood, Westwood & Franklin Lakes
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 Samantha G
I had a procedure done with Dr. Park a few weeks ago. I was super nervous pre procedure and the nurse Linda calmed my nerves instantly. She is a kind knowledgeable nurse who took great care of me. Dr. Parks anesthesia was the best. I woke up feeling great with no side effects, I am usually very groggy and nauseous after procedure. He is such a friendly man with great bed side manner. He is informative and helped eased my nerves as well. I had little to no pain after my procedure. I was always so afraid of dental work based on past experiences. BOMS has calmed my fears and I would recommend them 100x over !
- Samantha G
Patient Review By John M
Dr. Han extracted my 13th year old daugher's wisdom teeth and we were extremely pleased with the experience. His blend of expertise and humor put us all at ease, while the office staff was courteous and professional. While the billing had confusing elements due to both medical and dental coverage, the billing department was very helpful informing and guiding us.
- John M
Patient Review By Robert C
Super ! Professional friendly painless!!
- Robert C
Patient Review By Gabriella V
Dr. Novelli made me feel at ease with my wisdom teeth situation as I was nervous about one tooth being so close to a nerve. He answered every question I had during my consultation and explained the procedure in depth while showing me the X-Ray. I immediately scheduled my appointment and returned a few weeks later for my surgery. I was nervous as I entered the room, but the whole process was smooth and seamless. Dr. Novelli and the nurses took great care of me and before I knew it, it was over! The entire staff was extremely kind, helpful, caring, and accommodating and made the process as pleasant as possible. The office is immaculately clean with extremely advanced technology. I highly recommend Dr. Novelli for anyone in need of an oral/maxillofacial surgeon!
- Gabriella V
Patient Review By Juliet D
Dr. Han and his staff at Bergen Oral Surgery were fantastic. I couldn't be happier with the overall compassionate & efficient care from the physician and staff. They were great in accommodating my busy schedule and ease of getting an appointment. I highly recommend this practice!
- Juliet D
Patient Review By Dana L
I can’t say enough good things about my whole experience. I haven’t been to the dentist in way too long. Frankly, because I was terrified. Dr Han and his whole staff were absolutely amazing. They made me feel calm and comfortable and did a great job. I would get my wisdom teeth out again if that were an option! That’s saying a lot coming from a patient that walked in crying. All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
- Dana L
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 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