Wisdom Tooth Q&A with Dr. Victoria Laor

Wisdom teeth Q&A With Dr. Laor

We receive a lot of questions about wisdom teeth removal, so we sat down with Oral Surgeon Dr. Victoria Laor. Dr. Laor is at our 68th Street location every other Friday so that you can have your wisdom teeth removed here at the office you know and trust. 

Is removing your wisdom teeth right away when you’re 18ish really necessary?

Not in all cases, but getting your wisdom teeth removed is often recommended for reasons including

  • Some teeth are positioned in such a way that they trap food. This leads to bad odor and decay
  • Some teeth are impacted and could develop a cyst or push on other healthy teeth and cause damage

CPW Dentistry’s general dentists can determine at a dental wellness visit if your wisdom tooth should be removed, and then arrange an appointment with me on a Friday. Sometimes we’ll need a special panoramic or 3-D x-ray to confirm. There is a machine at the 68th Street location that can take those x-rays.

What does it mean when a wisdom tooth is impacted?

It simply means the tooth is stuck in the bone and is not able to erupt into the mouth all the way, to allow for proper brushing.

When is a good time to remove your wisdom teeth?

Before they start to hurt and cause swelling and infections. If you’re starting to notice occasional discomfort that may or may not go away, it’s a good sign that your wisdom tooth should be looked at and, possibly, removed. If you’ve been told by your dentist that you should have them removed, try to plan for a good time in your schedule so that you can take a few days to recover from the procedure.

Are wisdom teeth extractions painful?

When wisdom teeth are removed by an experienced oral surgeon, people usually say it wasn’t as bad as they thought it would be! Everyone is different, but I do everything possible to make the experience comfortable for you. The actual procedure is usually very quick (about half an hour) but we’ll take extra time to review everything with you and make sure you’re feeling well before you head home. It’s best not to compare yourself to a friend with a wisdom tooth horror story!

Should I get sedation while I have my wisdom teeth extracted?

I always administer local anesthetic like you would receive for a filling. This numbs the area so IV sedation isn’t required. IV sedation can make you more comfortable by providing a way to separate your mind from your body. If you have anxiety about getting your wisdom teeth pulled, IV sedation can help ensure you have a positive visit.

What is recovery like after my wisdom teeth have been extracted?

Wisdom teeth extractions are surgical procedures, so you should expect to have some soreness and swelling afterward. The swelling often increases during the first three days. We can control the soreness with pain medication, and it generally subsides after three or four days. I always advise people to take at least the rest of the day off from work, and, ideally, another day or two after. Coming to see me on a Friday is perfect because you’ll have the weekend to recover. If I use stitches, they’ll dissolve on their own within a few days. A softer diet is recommended as your jaw will feel sore.

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