Wisdom Teeth

By the age of 18, the average adult has 32 teeth; 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine, and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces. The back teeth (molar teeth) are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing.

The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are your third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth.”

Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt.

These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.

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.

Wisdom Teeth Presentation

Oral Examination

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Drs. , or can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or may be future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Drs. , or have the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.

Removal

In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia) or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding, bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics, and a follow-up appointment in one week for suture removal. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at Glen Rock Office Phone Number 201 444-5355.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Overview

For a brief narrated overview of the wisdom tooth removal process, please click the image below. It will launch our flash educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about wisdom teeth.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Overview

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Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.

Ridgewood Oral Surgery and Implant Center

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Overall, my experience at Dr. Saker's office was very positive and I would recommend him to my peers. The staff and the doctor were very friendly and helpful every step along the way. The procedure went as planned and could not have asked for a better result. The great facility and staff alongside the doctor expertise, delivered a perfect experience that I will not forget!

- Walter N

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The doctors and staff were wonderful; the office was clean. Everyone in the office was very compassionate and understanding.

- Margarida G

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I was very fortunate to be referred to Dr. Saker when I had a badly infected tooth and dangerous abscess in my jaw. He immediately hospitalized me and performed surgery to correct both situations. I have absolute confidence in Dr. Saker's decisions and performance. He was thorough, caring, and attentive to me and my family. I could not have asked for a better surgeon.

- Harriette W

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Dr. Saker and his staff are excellent. I was made to feel very comfortable and relaxed before my procedure. Healing time was quicker than expected too. I would recommend Ridgewood Oral Surgery and Implant Center to anyone who needs wisdom teeth removed or implants placed.

- John A

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Dr. Saker and his staff were extremely comforting and knowledgable people. I was nervous for my surgery because I had never gotten one before, but they made me feel right at home. The surgery was quicker then I thought and was also completely painless. I had a quick recovery and am extremely thankful for this welcoming and intelligent staff. I would recommend Dr. Saker to anyone who needs to get their wisdom teeth taken out.

- Katrina E

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I was apprehensive about having my wisdom teeth pulled because the last time it was done i was in a lot of pain for two days. Much to my surprise with Dr. Manaf Saker, I was not in any pain after the procedure and didn't even need to take the motrin. I look forward to having my implants done very soon. I would recommend Dr. Saker to everyone.

- John Z

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I cannot Thank Dr Saker & his ENTIRE staff enough for making my son Dominic who has autism feeling so comfortable when he had his tooth extraction. Not only him but my wife & I as well! Every step of the way they gave of us the confidence that Dominic was in great hands! & They are so right! They are All RockStars! THANK YOU!!

- Dominic L

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Excellent excellent doctor and staff. So friendly and caring. Left after my wisdom teeth removal with no pain or swelling at all even the first day and week thereafter. Rated as one of the top dentists in bergen and now i know why because Dr. Saker is amazing and passionate about what he does.

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