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Wisdom Teeth Removal - Long Island City, NY

Tooth Removal may be inevitable

Wisdom teeth removal is a surgical dental procedure that involves removing the third molar tooth from your mouth. Wisdom teeth pain is often sporadic, random, and occurs at inopportune times. Most of the time, they cause problems because they erupt impacted.

Our dentists at 1311 Jackson Ave Dental can remove that pesky third molar for you. Your wisdom teeth removal in Long Island City will be the most pleasant one you'll have to date.

What we offer

At Jackson Ave Dental, we can extract your wisdom tooth if it is causing you pain. We prioritize keeping you as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure if you do it with our dentist in long island city. We prioritize a pleasant experience while we provide you with dental care.


However, the third molars may erupt in various positions and impactedness. Some of the conditions we can treat at our dental office but others we'll have to give you a referral to see our oral surgeon.

Note: Jaw popping is not related to third molars, that is a separate TMJ issue.

single upper wisdom tooth

Fully Erupted

If your third molar is fully erupted out of the gums, our dental team may be able to extract it for you absent of any potential complications.

Slightly impacted wisdom tooth

Mildly Impacted

Wisdom teeth that are partially covered by the gums are considered partially impacted. These can be difficult to remove so we do recommend seeing the specialist.

Impacted wisdom tooth growing in 2-14-22

Fully Impacted

If your wisdom tooth is 50% or more impacted in the bone, you will need to see a specialist (oral surgeon). We've a wonderful one whom we work with.

Signs of needing wisdom teeth removal

Most commonly, a wisdom tooth extraction is done to eliminate symptomatic teeth or if they're not growing in straight. They tend to swell up from time to time.

When it's needed:

  • Impacted

  • Wisdom teeth pain

  • Hole in the gums behind molar

  • Gum flap over third molar

  • Pericoronitis

  • Throbbing pain that comes and goes

  • Tooth cutting into cheeks

  • Pain shooting to ear or neck

  • Severe tooth decay

How we can help

The procedure to remove your wisdom tooth with our long island city dentists at Jackson Ave Dental can be done the same day. It should be completely painless.


  • Pain relief

  • Get rid of infection

  • Reduce swelling

  • Don't have to worry about it anymore

What to expect: 30-45 min appt

  1. Administer local anesthesia to numb the area.

  2. Release periodontal ligament fibers.

  3. Luxate the tooth with an elevator.

  4. Section tooth into pieces if needed.

  5. Remove the tooth in pieces with forceps.

  6. Irrigate the socket to remove debris.

  7. Place stitches if necessary.

  8. Place gauze over socket for patient to bite on.

  1. Bite on gauze for 30 minutes. Switch to a new one every 30 mins.
  2. Take prescribed medications, painkillers and antibiotics.

  3. No smoking for 3 days.

  4. No rinsing, no spitting, no drinking through a straw on the day of.

  5. Start rinsing with salt water after every meal starting on day 2.

  6. Eat a soft food diet for first 2-3 days. Progressively move to harder foods after that.

  7. Avoid alcohol, coffee, and soda during first 24 hours.


On average, insurance will cover wisdom teeth extractions at 50%-80% of the total cost. That means you may be responsible for 20%-50% of the uncovered portion but it depends on your specific plan.

Most PPO dental insurances consider third molar extractions as a basic procedure. Our dentists at Jackson Ave Dental are in network with most of the major PPO dental insurances. What that means is additional cost savings for you compared to seeing an out of network provider.


Is the procedure painful?

Believe it or not, it shouldn't be painful at all to have your wisdom tooth removed with us. You will be thoroughly numb throughout the entire procedure. What this means is that you won't feel anything sharp but you may still feel pressure. The pressure is not felt by your tooth but rather the bone that surrounds the teeth.

A lot of people have this misconception that taking them out is torturous but that isn't true. Although there is an exception for when it could be painful and that is when it is very infected. If yours is severely infected, our LIC dentists may have to put you on antibiotics for 48-72 hours before we even attempt to extract it. If we try to do it on the day of, you may not get numb.

How is the recovery and healing?

The recovery time from getting the wisdom teeth extracted would depend on how impacted they are and how many teeth you're removing at once.

  1. If they are not impacted, you may only need 1 day to recover.

  2. If they are impacted, you may need 2-3 days depending on how many you are removing.

Our LIC dentists will let you know before hand what we anticipate the recovery time to be. That way you'll know how to prepare for the day of the procedure.

The Dos and Don'ts

What you should do is stick to a soft food diet for the next few days. You should also take it easy with no heavy exercising or weight lifting. You also have our blessing to binge watch Netflix and eat ice cream while you're recovering from the extraction. Well, just binge watching and maybe moderation with the ice cream. You can still get tooth decay from eating all that ice cream.

What you shouldn't do is smoke for the next 3 days. You should also not spit, rinse, or drink through a straw for the first 24 hours. Any of those actions may dislodge the blood clot that is trying to form and that will result in continuous bleeding.

You should also not drink coffee, soda, or alcohol for the 24 hours after the extraction. You may resume drinking them after that but we would advise against it because it can delay healing.

If you wanted to know an interesting fact, bromelain in pineapple juice can help reduce swelling and inflammation from wisdom teeth removal!

Ready to make an appointment?

If you're ready for your wisdom teeth removal in Long Island City, our gentle dentists and experienced dental team at 1311 Jackson Ave Dental will make it painless. You may self schedule online or give us a call and our receptionist will help you.

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