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Westc​hester Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery & Implantology Advise You to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Do you really need your wisdom teeth out?

Most definitely yes, according to board-certified Drs. Michael Graffeo and Harrison Linsky of Westchester Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery & Implantology.

“Wisdom teeth should be taken out prophylactically – once they become a problem, it becomes much more difficult,” says Dr. Graffeo.

And wisdom teeth can cause a range of concerns, including a localized infection, problems with the tooth in front of the wisdom teeth, cysts and bone loss.

“Wisdom teeth should be addressed at a young age,” Dr. Graffeo notes, “because after the age of 25, the risk of post-operative complications increases.”

At the state-of-the-art Westchester Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery & Implantology facility in Purchase, NY, a cone-beam CT allows the surgeons, when necessary, to see exactly where the nerve is in the jaw. That allows the doctors to plan the surgery in a way that minimizes possible complications.

Wisdom teeth are actually third molars, and they’re the last teeth to erupt. They generally do so around the age of 16, but can appear up to age 45. The problem is that the four wisdom teeth bring the total number of teeth in the mouth to 32 while most mouths can only comfortably hold 28 teeth. Because of this, wisdom teeth often grow sideways or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. When they partially emerge, the opening around them allows bacteria to grow that eventually result in an infection.

Drs. Graffeo and Linsky remind parents that their children should take the time to get those wisdom teeth out while they’re still young and recovery is much easier.

The procedure is often performed under intravenous sedation, and the doctors at Westchester Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery & Implantology are trained in and skilled at both administering anesthesia and monitoring the patients who receive it.

To schedule a consultation regarding the removal of your wisdom teeth, contact Westchester Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery & Implantology at 914-251-0313. More information can be found online at www.oralsurgeryofwestchester.com.

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