Common Cause for Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Dental Emergency from Wisdom Tooth Pain

upper wisdom tooth extraction

A common dental emergency frequently seen in dental offices is pain caused by a wisdom tooth.  Very often gum infection around the wisdom tooth, called pericoronitis is the source for discomfort.  Usually, this infection requires the removal of the offending wisdom tooth for the pain to be resolved.

Wisdom Tooth Extractions due to infection

Wisdom tooth infection, also called Pericoronitis, is the most common cause for wisdom tooth extractions.  It’s very difficult to keep wisdom teeth clean because they’re often covered by gum tissue.  Over time, the food particles that are not cleaned  under the gum will become a source for bacterial growth.  This infection will cause swelling  and discomfort for the patient.   The most effective treatment is wisdom tooth extraction. 

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Lower wisdom tooth infection
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Extracted lower wisdom tooth

Can Antibiotics Help with Wisdom Tooth Infection?

Antibiotics often take several days (2-3 days) to be effective.  Patients with wisdom tooth pain will usually benefit the most with wisdom tooth extraction combined with a course of antibiotics.  When patients just take antibiotics without the removal of the infected wisdom tooth, the infection will usually return within a few months.

upper wisdom tooth extracted

Is a Wisdom Tooth Extraction Painful?

The actual tooth extraction is not painful most of the time.  However, the patient will feel some pressure.  Usually, wisdom tooth extraction in the lower jaw will cause more post-op discomfort than a wisdom tooth extraction in the upper jaw.  That’s because the bone in the lower jaw is much denser compared to maxillary bone.

Best medication to take for post-op pain for Wisdom tooth Extraction

Extraction of wisdom teeth from the lower jaw can cause significant post-op pain/discomfort.  Usually, this discomfort should improve every 6 hours.  Taking Ibuprofen 600mg every 4-6 hours for pain is proven to be amongst the best tools for pain management.  Ibuprofen is also an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory)  which helps with swelling as well.  Some studies also show combining Acetaminophen 150mg in between taking Ibuprofen works extremely well for pain management.

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About Dr. Peter Mann

Dr. Peter Mann

Having completed NYU School of Dentistry and a General Residency program in Kings County hospital.  Dr. Peter Mann has trained with some of the top world renowned dentists.  Being recognized in 2009 with a fellowship award from the (ICOI) International Congress of Oral Implantology and in 2012 with a fellowship award from the (AGD) Academy of General Dentistry.   

In 2009 Dr. Peter Mann decided it was time to achieve his vision by opening his dental office to provide outstanding dental services to NYC residents.  Smile Arts of NY is located  in the heart of Manhattan on E. 40th between Madison and Park ave.

Originally born in Ukraine, when iron curtain of communism collapsed his family took the opportunity to pursue the American dream by moving to New York. Dr. Peter Mann has lived in New York ever since, for over 33 years. His goal is to provide excellent dental experience for his fellow New Yorkers.

Dr. Mann lives minutes from the office. Patients undergoing treatment have his cell phone number and can always get in touch with any questions or concerns. It’s not unusual to see Dr. Mann arriving after hours to help a patient with an emergency.