Wisdom Teeth

Man having his wisdom teeth looked at.The last set of teeth to develop in your mouth are the 3rd molars, more commonly known as wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth are not inherently bad, but they have a bad reputation for causing a lot of problems. This is usually due to a lack of space inside of the mouth, or difficulty keeping them clean. As a result, they become infected or decayed, which can cause damage to your other teeth around them. Wisdom teeth may also push on the other teeth so hard that crowding develops.

If your wisdom teeth need to be removed, Dr. Mitchell Shapiro will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and relieve your concerns.

You’re In Good Hands

Are you nervous about having your wisdom teeth extracted? Don’t be! You’re in the best hands with Dr. Shapiro. With over thirty years of general and cosmetic dentistry experience in the Smithtown area, he’s a dentist you can turn to for all of your smile needs. His conservative, compassionate approach to oral care will put you right at ease, while his dedication to the latest dental techniques and technology will ensure a result you’ll be more than pleased with.

Do You Need To Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Taking the wisdom teeth out as a preemptive measure is often recommended when there are conditions such as:

  • Partially erupted teeth
  • Abscesses or decay
  • Impaction in the jaw or next tooth
  • Swelling
  • Chronic pain
  • Crowding of the other teeth

Sedation for dental procedure

This common procedure just might be the first step to your better, brighter smile. Once your problem-causing teeth are extracted, you can get a fresh start with many cosmetic or restorative options that can help create the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Treatment for 3rd Molars

Depending on the position of the wisdom tooth, we may elect to have it removed here in our office, or we may refer you to an oral surgeon. If any type of infection is present we will first treat you with antibiotics before the procedure. During the extraction, we will use local anesthesia and nitrous oxide to help you maintain the highest level of comfort possible.

With nitrous oxide gas, you can unwind as you inhale the sedative through a soft nose piece. While you’ll still be responsive, you’ll experience a tingling sensation that will take your mind off your procedure and make it seem like time is flying by. Before you know it, you’ll be done.

We’re Waiting For Your Call

Are your wisdom teeth causing you discomfort? Our Center For Cosmetic Dentistry staff would be more than happy to schedule you for a consultation and exam to assist you with your oral needs. Give us a call today to set up an appointment.