Oral Surgery on Long Island
Dr. Bohle has been working with our patients for many years to provide safe oral surgery procedures tailored to the needs of children. Our team can perform simple or complex extractions, place implants, evaluate pathology, expose impacted teeth, and remove wisdom teeth, all under one roof for your convenience.
Offering comprehensive care is always a benefit to patients, but this is especially true when it comes to pediatrics. By offering a range of dental specialties under one roof, young patients are able to receive the specialty care they need in an environment where they already feel comfortable and safe. Providing complete dental care in a single office also makes collaboration and communication between doctors seamless. Many children and adults are anxious when they hear the words oral surgery, so being able to complete care in an office they’re familiar with is a huge plus.
Our facility uses a low-radiation three-dimensional imaging cone CT machine to plan our surgeries. Cone beam technology is among the lowest radiation exposures for this type of imaging.
Vatech Green CT
Frequently Asked Questions About Oral Surgery
Do wisdom teeth always need to be removed?
Not always! In some cases, patients may have enough room for their wisdom teeth. Patients should be aware that even fully erupted wisdom teeth may also be problematic. Because of their location and difficulty to clean properly, wisdom teeth are more prone to complications, including cavities and gum disease. It is important that these teeth are continually monitored.
When is the best time to get wisdom teeth removed?
It is better and safer to remove wisdom teeth at a younger age when the surgery is less complicated and you can heal faster. Most patients should be assessed between the ages 16 and 24. Waiting often makes removal much more complicated.
What if I don’t get wisdom teeth removed?
Not all patients need wisdom teeth removed but if you do and choose not to act you may have complications.
According to the American Dental Association, wisdom teeth removal may be necessary if you experience changes in the area of those teeth, such as:
- Repeated infection of soft tissue behind the lower last tooth
- Fluid-filled sacs (cysts)
- Damage to nearby teeth
- Gum disease
- Extensive tooth decay
Do all four teeth have to be pulled?
Each case is unique and our team evaluates and discusses treatment options with you. At times only one or two third molars need to be removed.
Is it true that the surgery takes less than an hour?
Often it is a short procedure but each case is unique and the number of extractions, the severity of impaction, as well as other factors, affect the length of the surgery. The patient will be comfortable for the entire procedure.
How long does recovery take after wisdom teeth removal?
Most people take the first day to relax and we perform surgeries often on weekend days to accommodate this. Usually by day 2-4 patients are back to their normal activities. Our team will give you extensive post-op instructions.
Do wisdom teeth extractions hurt?
During the procedure, you won’t feel anything and many patients choose to go to sleep for this procedure. It isn’t uncommon for patients to be sore for a few days following the surgery. Before surgery, we will discuss pain control methods and set you up with any necessary prescriptions, and post-op care.
Will I be awake for the extraction?
It’s up to you and your doctor. We have a variety of options for anesthesia to accommodate different patients’ needs, and we discuss your anesthesia preferences prior to your surgery day.
What does “impacted” mean?
Impacted teeth do not have enough room to erupt into the mouth and is very common. Impaction is the number one cause of needing wisdom teeth removal.
What are impacted canines?
Canines are the second most common impacted tooth after wisdom teeth. Because the maxillary (top) canines are usually the last to come in they often get blocked out by other teeth. An orthodontist or pediatric dentist can assess if this is the case and may recommend the removal of baby canines. This will often fix the problem and allow adult canines an easy route into the mouth.
If the canine doesn’t erupt or is too far out of alignment in the bone you may need our oral surgery team to expose the tooth and attach a bracket to assist the orthodontist in pulling the tooth into place.
Why might my child need an implant?
Missing adult teeth are common in children. Often a missing adult tooth can be replaced with a permanent implant. Typically children need to be older to receive an implant. Speak with our oral surgeon to plan a possible implant.
Contact us today to learn more about our oral surgery services and to schedule an appointment.