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Wisdom Teeth Removal

The third molars, also known as wisdom teeth, are the final set of molars that grow into the mouth. Most people do not have enough room to accommodate this extra set of teeth. Many times, wisdom teeth are impacted, which prevents them from coming in correctly and can cause a lot of oral health problems.

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The Removal Process

Because wisdom teeth removal is typically a more complicated procedure than a standard tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the best choice for this procedure. Drs. Friedman and Schulhof of North Jersey Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery have years of experience removing wisdom teeth and provide safe and skillful wisdom teeth extractions in the comfort of their Teaneck, NJ, practice. Your family is in excellent hands with us!

The consultation appointment with your oral surgeon will likely consist of receiving detailed 3D diagnostic scans of the oral structures, and an oral examination. The location of the wisdom teeth will be evaluated to create a personalized treatment plan, including the type of anesthesia that will be best for you or your child’s comfort. As oral and maxillofacial surgeons, our doctors are trained in the safe administration of in-office anesthesia, and our compassionate and experienced clinical team provides constant monitoring of patients.

We offer several types of anesthesia for wisdom teeth removal, including

If you or your child has been recommended for wisdom teeth removal, or if you or your child is experiencing discomfort that you suspect may be related to the wisdom teeth, we encourage you to give our practice a call to schedule a consultation so that one of our oral surgeons can make a diagnosis and create a treatment plan. Our team is dedicated to offering the very best care in a compassionate and safe environment. Thank you for the opportunity to care for you and your family at North Jersey Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

The family dentist can monitor you or your child’s wisdom teeth during regular dental checkups, and when it’s time to have them removed, your dentist will recommend you see an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon for the extraction procedure.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost in Teaneck, NJ

During your consultation appointment at North Jersey Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, your oral surgeon will create a surgical plan for you or your child that will include the estimated cost for the wisdom teeth extraction. Diagnostic images will be taken of the mouth during the consultation to determine a few factors: how many teeth will be extracted, the type of anesthesia is chosen for the procedure, your insurance coverage, and if and how the wisdom teeth are impacted. If you or your child need to have wisdom teeth extracted, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Your Oral Health Investment

Most dental professionals agree that wisdom teeth should be extracted early — untreated wisdom teeth are notorious for causing costly and uncomfortable problems, such as impaction and dental crowding, that can require future orthodontic or surgical treatments to correct. Proactively approaching wisdom teeth is practical and cost-effective for many reasons, including

We want wisdom teeth removal to be accessible for our patients, so we are dedicated to making payment convenient by accepting several insurance plans and offering many payment methods. We also offer CareCredit®, and our financial specialists can help you apply for this financing option. Please call us with your questions — we are happy to help guide you through the process of wisdom teeth extraction and its cost at our Teaneck, NJ, practice.

Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQ


What if my wisdom teeth are impacted?

When the wisdom teeth have become impacted — blocked by overlying gum and/or bone tissue and are unable to erupt correctly into the mouth — surgery to extract them becomes more complicated. To protect your oral health and avoid future complications with these teeth, they should be removed by an oral surgeon as soon as impaction is discovered. Impaction is common with these molars because the human jaw is typically not large enough to allow them to emerge without issues. It is possible to have impacted wisdom teeth without any noticeable symptoms, but when they begin to move, or if they develop an infection, you may notice some of the following:

At North Jersey Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we are dedicated to offering you and your family the very best care when wisdom teeth extraction is necessary. If you suspect an impacted wisdom tooth is causing oral health problems, please call our practice to schedule an evaluation with one of our oral surgeons so that the precise condition can be determined, and we can plan the best course of treatment.

Can I prevent my wisdom teeth from becoming impacted?

To avoid the complications that come along with impacted wisdom teeth, the best thing to do is to make sure everyone in your family sees a dentist for regular examinations, imaging, and cleanings at least twice a year. This is particularly important for children in the early and mid-teens so that their wisdom teeth can be tracked as they develop. When your dentist suspects that it’s time for an extraction procedure, you will be referred to an oral surgeon for diagnosis and treatment so that impaction can be avoided before it even begins!

How do I know if I need my wisdom teeth extracted?

Children should have regular dental examinations every six months to track the development of their wisdom teeth so that treatment can begin before any oral health problems arise. Sometimes problem wisdom teeth have no symptoms, even when they are becoming impacted, so dental exams are crucial for tracking the development of these molars. If any discomfort or swelling in the area behind the back molars does occur, or if you notice an unpleasant taste or smell in the mouth (indicating an infection), you should schedule a dental examination as soon as possible to find out if the wisdom teeth have become impacted and require extraction.

Is wisdom teeth extraction painful?

Rest assured, wisdom teeth extraction patients experience no sensation of pain during the procedure and can be unaware of the extraction taking place because the oral surgeon can administer intravenous (IV) sedation before the procedure. After the removal, patients receive a prescription for pain medication to control any post-operative discomfort — depending on the level of impaction, many patients will find that over-the-counter pain medications are enough.

Are wisdom teeth always extracted?

Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed; however, human jaws are typically too small to accommodate these molars without disrupting the other teeth. Moreover, some people are lucky enough to be born without any wisdom teeth at all or just one, two, or three wisdom teeth! During regular visits, your family dentist will track the development of your or your child’s wisdom teeth. You will be referred to a trusted oral surgeon for extraction if the teeth are positioned poorly, are impacted, or are likely to become impacted. Early proactive treatment for wisdom teeth can save time, money, and discomfort and is recommended by most dental professionals.

Why do I need an oral surgeon to extract my wisdom teeth? Can my dentist do it?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have the proper training and experience in both oral surgery and anesthesia to safely remove impacted teeth and address any complications that can occur. Because most wisdom teeth extractions are performed before the molars have erupted into the mouth, the process for removing them goes beyond the scope of a general dentist’s training.

What is the recovery like after wisdom teeth removal?

Two to four days is usually enough recovery time for our wisdom teeth patients before they resume their normal daily routines. You will receive pre- and post-operative instructions before the treatment to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. You will likely have a pain prescription to help you with any post-surgical discomfort that you may have, but over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen often do the trick!

Other questions?

You or your child will be in excellent hands at North Jersey Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. We take pride in providing the very best patient care that exceeds our patients’ expectations. We are here to answer any questions you may have or to schedule your consultation with one of our two trusted oral surgeons — so feel free to give us a call at today.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Instructions

Drs. Friedman and Schulhof and the entire team at North Jersey Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery consider your safety and comfort to be their top priorities and will take excellent care of you before, during, and after your procedure. You are an important part of your care team too, so for the very best outcome, including a fast and easy recovery without post-operative complications, it is crucial that you follow our detailed self-care guidelines throughout your oral surgery process. Click here for our pre- and post-operative Instructions.