Dr. Benjamin Jacobs is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon who manages a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth, and facial regions. Dr. Jacobs practices a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from dental implant surgery to wisdom tooth removal. This also includes techniques designed to rebuild bone structure with minimal surgical intervention and optimal patient comfort. We can also diagnose and treat facial pain, facial injuries, and fractures.
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. A person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear and feel natural.
Dental implants are changing the way people live. With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life. For more information on dental implants or to set up your free consultation, please call our office at River Vale Office Phone Number 201-666-3300
Extraction of Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. When they align properly and the gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not need 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 erupt successfully.
These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the tooth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom tooth 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 tooth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted tooth or teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.
After Wisdom Tooth Removal
The removal of impacted teeth is a surgical procedure and post-operative care is very important. Unnecessary pain and the complications of infection and swelling can be minimized if the post-surgery instructions are followed.
Immediately Following Surgery
- The gauze pad placed over the surgical area should be kept in place for a half hour. After this time, the gauze pad should be removed and discarded. Reapply for 30 minute intervals as needed.
- Vigorous mouth rinsing or touching the wounded area following surgery should be avoided. This may initiate bleeding by causing the blood clot that has formed to become dislodged.
- Take the prescribed pain medications before you feel discomfort, as it is much easier to manage pain before it starts.
- Place ice packs to the sides of your face where surgery was performed. The packs should be placed on the face in cycles of 20 minutes on then 20 minutes off. Cold will help limit swelling and pain.
- Restrict your activities the day of surgery and resume normal activity when you feel comfortable.