Most adults have four wisdom teeth but it is possible to have fewer or more. Wisdom teeth are used to grind plant tissue in preparation for the digestive tract. Originally, they would have been used to break down a great deal of plant cellulose that today we do not ingest in the same large quantities now. In fact, the modern diet is considerably softer than the ancient human one, making the function of wisdom teeth less important.
Many young people find themselves with problem wisdom teeth that need to be extracted. Some wisdom teeth affect other teeth negatively as they come in if they are impacted or erupt sideways. Sometimes wisdom teeth are removed before they can cause any dental problems, as a preventative measure.
Interestingly, some populations, such as Tasmanian aborigines in Australia and many indigenous Mexicans do not develop these teeth at all due to a specific gene.
Dr. Vahid and his team of dental professionals are well versed in the extraction of wisdom teeth. He and his team can complete the removal of your teeth while keeping you calm and comfortable. All you need to do is follow recovery instructions after the procedure.
First, you will receive a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth or teeth will be removed. Then general anesthetic will be used to keep and you quiet and sedated while the dental professionals remove your wisdom teeth quickly and efficiently.
Dr. Vahid will open your gums and remove bone covering the tooth then separate and remove the tooth or teeth. In some cases, teeth must be cut so that the smaller pieces are easier to remove. Stitches are often needed to close the wound and bleeding should subside 24 hours after surgery.
You should plan to have someone drive you home and remain quiet and rest for a few days. An ice pack may help reduce swelling and the dentist will advise you regarding pain pills. Avoid physical exercise, smoking and all but the softest foods as you recover. Continue to brush your teeth as usual but do so carefully.
In the event that you have questions or concerns, Dr. Arash Vahid and his Jersey City staff will be happy to take your call, responding to any emergency that may arise immediately.