Your wisdom teeth, or third molars, often emerge anywhere in your late teens to your early 20s, which is how they received their name. While they are the last of your teeth to erupt, they are also the most likely to pose problems. The only way to address these problems is with extraction. At National Dental Upper East Side, we can remove your wisdom teeth and alleviate your pain, restoring the health of your mouth.


While there is a small number of people who never experience any issues with their wisdom teeth, and they emerge just like any other tooth would, there are many others who are faced with serious complications. One of the biggest issues faced by many people is impacted wisdom teeth.

Having an impacted tooth simply means that it cannot properly erupt through the gum tissue, or that it cannot erupt at all. Impacted wisdom teeth may be blocked, or it may be attempting to emerge at an angle. Whatever the reason for your impacted teeth, they can cause serious problems:

  • Overcrowding: If your existing teeth already fit perfectly into your mouth, your last set of molars may not have sufficient room to grow in. If this is the case, your wisdom teeth can begin to force your other teeth from their natural positions. They can then become crooked, and lead to other issues, such as uneven tooth wear and TMJ problems.
  • Damage to your existing teeth: If your wisdom teeth are growing at an angle, toward adjacent teeth, you could be faced with serious tooth damage, such as cracks, which can then lead to infections.
  • Cysts: Cysts can form as a result of impacted wisdom teeth. These are fluid-filled sacs, which continue to grow if not treated. As they grow, they can cause damage to your jawbone.
  • Infections are known as pericornitis: Pericornitis can develop if your wisdom teeth only partially emerge. This infection is localized to the area, which is hard to keep clean.


Impacted wisdom teeth need to be diagnosed and then treated. When you come into our office, we first give your mouth a thorough visual inspection. We may also take a few digital X-rays, which will allow us to see exactly what is happening under the gum line. These X-rays will also help us to develop a treatment plan that provides you with the best results.


Your wisdom teeth can be extracted in one of two ways. The first way is known as a simple extraction. After a local anesthetic, your wisdom teeth are gripped with forceps. The teeth are moved back and forth, widening the socket. Once loose enough, the teeth are simply lifted out.

In many cases, wisdom teeth require a surgical extraction. After a local anesthetic, incisions are made in your gums near the affected teeth, exposing the impacted teeth and your jawbone. In some cases, we will need to remove some bone, or even break the tooth to ensure that it is removed completely. Once finished, we stitch up the surgical sites, and you can go home to rest and recover.

If you suspect an issue with your wisdom teeth, it’s important that you seek treatment right away. Contact National Dental Upper East Side at (646) 736-2206 to schedule your appointment today.