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Wisdom Teeth

McCarthy Dental - Dr. Darryl Warren and Associates

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in New Bern, NC

Wisdom teeth can sometimes cause pain and other complications if they’re not extracted in a timely manner. At McCarthy Dental - Dr. Darryl Warren and Associates in New Bern, North Carolina, Darryl Warren, DDS, PA, and his team are experts in non-sedative wisdom teeth removal to keep your smile beautiful and pain-free. Schedule a consultation with McCarthy Dental by phone or online to find out if wisdom teeth extraction is right for you or your child.

Wisdom Teeth Q & A

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, include a set of permanent teeth at the back of your mouth. They often emerge between the ages of 17 and 25. Some people never develop wisdom teeth. Others have plenty of room in their mouth for wisdom teeth to erupt normally. 

However, sometimes wisdom teeth removal is necessary to prevent pain, adjacent tooth damage, or other complications.


Is wisdom teeth removal right for me?

The McCarthy Dental team can let you know if wisdom teeth removal is right for you or your child. Your provider reviews your oral health history and symptoms, examines your teeth and gums, and takes dental X-rays. You might be a good candidate for wisdom teeth removal if you experience, or are at risk of:

  • Infections
  • Cysts
  • Tooth, gum, or mouth pain
  • Adjacent teeth damage
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Teeth crowding
  • Impacted wisdom teeth

Your dentist can let you know if you’re a good candidate for wisdom teeth removal before pain and other complications occur. They consult with you to develop a treatment plan you’re comfortable with, as you always have a voice in your care.


What happens during wisdom teeth removal?

Follow all pre-surgery instructions prior to wisdom teeth removal at McCarthy Dental. Welcoming staff members greet you when you arrive, and you relax in a comfortable dental chair. Your provider numbs the treatment area so you don’t feel any discomfort. 

They gently make tiny incisions to remove wisdom teeth right in the office. The procedure is quick and painless, with minimal downtime. Plan to have someone drive you home after wisdom teeth removal.


What should I expect during my recovery?

Follow all post-surgery instructions after wisdom teeth removal. Get plenty of rest, ice your mouth as needed, take medications as directed, and follow a diet of soft food initially after surgery. 

Avoid drinking through a straw during the healing process, as doing so can break up clots and increase the risk of bleeding. Call the McCarthy Dental office if you experience worsening pain, signs of infection, or other complications.

To avoid pain and adjacent teeth damage associated with impacted wisdom teeth, schedule a consultation with McCarthy Dental by phone or online to find out if wisdom teeth removal is right for you or your child.