Wisdom Teeth Removal in Caldwell and Florham Park, NJ
Safe and Painless Removal
At The New Jersey Center for Oral Surgery, our oral surgeons Dr. Jacobs, Dr. Kirsch, and Dr. Zambetti can gently and efficiently remove your wisdom teeth before they can cause further damage to your oral and overall health. Our team in Caldwell and Florham Park are dedicated to helping you get the care you need. We serve all of Northern New Jersey, including Morristown, Livingston, Chatham, Madison, Wayne and surrounding areas.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are your third set of molars that can erupt around the ages of 16 to 25. They usually erupt years after your adult teeth have grown in and can have negative effects on surrounding teeth. Removal of wisdom teeth is often necessary to prevent constant pain, infections, and dental issues that can arise during their eruption. We have created a handout that further explains more about wisdom teeth below.
Why It’s Necessary to Remove Your Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not necessarily require removal. Statistically, wisdom teeth are likely to become problematic at some point in your lifetime. It is recommended for patients to have a consultation with an oral surgeon to discuss if wisdom teeth removal is appropriate for you. We recommend seeing one of our surgeons by age 16 when possible.
When wisdom teeth are not addressed in a timely manner, some of the following conditions may develop.
The most frequent clinical problem we see is pericoronitis (a localized gum infection). Without enough room for total eruption, the gum tissue around the wisdom can become irritated and infected. This results in recurrent pain, swelling, and problems with chewing and/or swallowing.
Non-infection diseases may also arise in association with an impacted wisdom tooth. Cysts are fluid-filled “balloons” inside the jawbone that develop as a result of impacted teeth and slowly expand destroying adjacent jawbone and occasionally teeth. They can be very difficult to treat if your wisdom teeth aren’t removed in your teenage years. Although rare, tumors can be associated with the delayed removal of wisdom teeth.
Impacted wisdom teeth may contribute to the crowding of your teeth. This is most noticeable with the front teeth, primarily the lower front teeth, and is most commonly seen after a patient has had braces. There are a number of factors that cause teeth to crowd after braces or early adulthood. Retained, impacted teeth may be a contributing factor. Unless you have an active problem when you see your oral surgeon, the reason for removal is primarily to prevent long-term damage to your teeth, gums, and jawbone.
Damage to Adjacent Teeth:
If there’s inadequate room to clean around the wisdom teeth, the tooth directly in front, the second molar, can be adversely affected resulting in gum disease, bone loss around the tooth, and/or decay.
Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in superior outcomes for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in their mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist, or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
When you come into our office for your consultation with one of your oral surgeons, he’ll prepare an oral examination and X-rays of the mouth. This is necessary in order to evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or may be future problems.
The most common screening radiograph for wisdom teeth is a PANOREX. In some cases, a Cone Beam CAT Scan may be recommended. Research found that “if the wisdom teeth are deemed to be close proximity to the mandibular canal, then a CBCT or CAT Scan should be ordered for further evaluation. A single panoramic radiograph could be insufficient owing to the image disturbance compared with a CAT Scan. however, CBCT is the gold standard owing to the lower radiation exposure and lower cost compared with CT.” For your convenience, our oral surgeons can obtain these images right in their offices.
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.
Removing Your Wisdom Teeth
In most cases, the removal of impacted wisdom teeth is performed in our office under IV sedation or general anesthesia. Anesthesia options, as well as your specific risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you at your consultation visit before the procedure is performed. Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern equipment and trained staff who are experienced in anesthesia procedures.
Once your oral surgeon makes sure you’re relaxed and don’t feel any pain, he’ll begin the process. He’ll efficiently and safely remove your wisdom tooth by gently separating it from the gum tissue. After the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured with dissolving sutures that will melt away as you heal.
Immediately after your procedure, you’ll rest comfortably under supervision in our Caldwell or Florham Park office until you’re ready to go home. Upon your discharge, your postoperative kit will include the following:
- Ice pack
- Post-operative instructions
- Prescriptions medications
- A follow-up appointment
If you have any questions, please feel free to call our Caldwell office at (973) 226-8444 or our Florham Park office at (973) 261-8444.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a wisdom tooth extraction take?
The wisdom tooth extraction can be completed in just one appointment at either of our offices in Caldwell or Florham Park. On average, the procedure can take anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes to complete, however, it depends on your situation and needs. At your initial appointment, your oral surgeon will provide you with an accurate treatment timeline and what to expect.
What can I eat after a wisdom tooth extraction?
After the procedure, your oral surgeon will advise you to stick to a soft and liquid-based diet to avoid aggravating your extraction site for at least two weeks. These are some of the foods you can eat:
- Mashed potatoes
- Scrambled eggs
- Juices and smoothies
- Blended soups and broth
- Yogurt and pudding
What do I do if my extraction site becomes infected?
If your extraction site becomes infected, immediately call our Caldwell office at (973) 226-8444 or our Florham Park office at (973) 261-8444 so that we can clean out the infected area. Your oral surgeon will prescribe you antibiotics to prevent infection from occurring.
Protect Your Oral Health
Removing your wisdom teeth can help improve and protect your oral health from getting worse. Delaying the removal will only worsen and can lead to health risks. If you believe you’re suffering from an impacted wisdom tooth, call our Caldwell office at (973) 226-8444 or our Florham Park office at (973) 261-8444 to schedule an appointment today. You can also book online below and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.
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NJ Center for Oral Surgery
Really explained everything beforehand.
- Chloe J.
The staff and doctors are extremely friendly and knowledgeable. All interactions exceeded my expectations. I would definitely refer my friends and family to this office!
- Christine M.
Excellent doctor as well as supporting staff. Made me feel informed about what was happening which relaxed me and improved my overall experience here.
- Darren G.
I would always come backi
- Godfrey R.
Overall, I would recommend that if you need any dental work done, you do it here because it was quick, painless, and the staff were really down to Earth. Two thumbs up!
- Conor O.
Excellent office and doctors! The staff was very friendly and answered all of my questions. I had my wisdom teeth extracted with no complications at all and would definitely recommend NJOS to anyone needing oral surgery!
- Kristina P.
They went over everything with me and put my mind at ease about the procedure..
- Karl O.
The treatment went really well. At first I was nervous but my questions were answered and expectations met. My face didn't swell into a balloon and the very next day I was able to go out with friends, and no one noticed I got them pulled until I told them. Eating is rough for the first few days but before I knew it I was able to eat everything again. Overall I was very satisfied with my procedure.
- Chisom A.
Dr Sandau treated me with respect and professional care. His phone call later in the evening after my procedure to check up on me was unexpected and a nice touch. I would recommend him to all me family and friends!
- Matt A.
I would definitely recommend anyone to get their wisdom teeth out here. It was so great. The procedure went very smooth and everyone was helpful and very kind afterwards and they really care about your comfort level at all times.
- Kevin B.
The experience here has been top notch. The staff is friendly and help you in any way possible. There is no way an establishment can be run any better.
- Michael S.
It's probably weird to say that I'm thrilled with my oral surgeon, but I had a really great experience. I was trepidatious about having a wisdom tooth extracted, mostly because of the nightmare stories I've heard from others. The staff and Dr. Jacobs were very kind and patient and took time to answer all of my questions. The extraction was surprisingly quick, and I had no swelling afterward. Although I had a prescription for pain pills, I never needed one--the ibuprofen was enough. Overall, and all things considered, the experience was excellent and I would not hesitate to come back or to recommend you to family and friends.
- Kelly T.
I was nervous getting my wisdom teeth removed, but the doctors and staff were very helpful with all my questions. After my procedure the doctor personally called to make sure I was feeling ok, they made me really at ease. They were all great!!
- Melissa M.
The best dental experience I have ever had in my entire life. I would prefer to continue to receive care here and would recommend all of my family do the same. Thanks a ton!
- Kiran T.
I came to the office afraid because I had to pull out four of my wisdom teeth. I came out very happy and smiling after the surgery. The surgery went very well, I can say that I barely felt any pain after the surgery. Bleeding stopped within the second day. Dr Sandau is the best so far, I would recommend his practice to anyone. He cares, he is friendly and he will give the best work ever.
- Patrick L.
Everyone was great
- Vanley M.
The entire experience was enjoyable. I have only positive things to say. I would definitely recommend Dr. Kirsch to anyone.
- Jake S.
Doctor, staff and office is excellent
- Susan D.