Charles M. Marks D.D.S and Dental Associates.

Conveniently located at 34th Street and 5th Avenue. Drs. Charles M. Marks and his associates offer Invisalign, cosmetic dental treatments and dental care for children, teens and adults.

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What to Expect During and After Your Wisdom Tooth Extraction

If you are like most people, you may feel a little bit anxious at the idea of visiting your dentist office for wisdom teeth extractions. Fortunately, new developments in modern dentistry have made it possible to minimize recovery time for this routine but important surgery. As your dentist will explain, removing the wisdom teeth is also essential for preventing tooth decay, serious infections, and gum disease. Read on to learn more about what to expect during and after wisdom teeth extractions.

Initial Anesthesia

There are three kinds of anesthesia used in general dentistry to ensure that patients feel no pain during tooth extractions. If your wisdom teeth are not severely impacted, your dentist may administer local anesthesia. In that case, your dentist will simply numb the area, and you will be awake but feel no pain during the procedure. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, you will likely be offered general anesthesia.

Simple Surgery

To remove the wisdom teeth, your dentist will make a small incision in the gum tissue to expose the tooth and bone. Next, the dentist removes the bone and tooth entirely. The site of the removed tooth is then cleaned to prevent infection, and the wound is stitched closed to promote healing. Finally, your dentist places a small piece of gauze over the wisdom tooth site to control bleeding and ensure blood clot formation.

Important Aftercare

After your dentist removes your wisdom teeth, you can expect some bleeding during the first 24 hours. Your dentist will prescribe pain medication or provide instructions for taking over-the-counter pain relievers, like Tylenol. To relieve any pain, you should hold an ice pack on the jawline at the site of tooth removal. Using an ice pack will also help reduce swelling and bruising.

To learn more about wisdom teeth extractions in New York or to schedule a dentist appointment, contact Dr. Charles M. Marks, D.D.S. Dr. Marks provides a wide range of general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services and can be reached at (212) 279-1232.

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