By the age of 18 the average adult has 32 teeth: 16 teeth on top and 16 teeth on bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine, and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces. The back teeth (molar teeth) are used to grind food into a consistency suitable for swallowing.
The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that is meant to hold only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are your third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth”.
Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this is not what generally happens. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, only partially emerge from the gum, or can even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt. An impacted tooth simply means that it is “stuck”.
These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid complications.
Wisdom Teeth Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of wisdom teeth, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to wisdom teeth are discussed.
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Hung can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or future potential problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist, or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Dr. Hung is trained, licensed, and highly experienced in providing various types of anesthesia for patients.
In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia), or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge your postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics, and a follow-up appointment in one week for suture removal. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at Monroe Township Office Phone Number 609-860-6369.
Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety. We utilize modern monitoring equipment and our staff are experienced in anesthesia techniques.
Prospect Oral Surgery Center
I had my wisdom tooth taken out by Dr. Hung with sedation. I had zero pain or swelling. The office staff was competent and Dr. Hung was very caring and thorough in her examination. She gave me a detailed instruction as to what to eat and what to do. I think if you follow her…
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Doctor was quick and skilled, teeth came out no problem. Everyone in the office was nice and courteous. Very clean office following COVID procedures. I had a great experience and will refer my friend and family here. Thank you.
- MAOread more about the experience of MAO
I'm always impressed how quick and easy Dr. Hung makes every procedure seem. When I had a wisdom tooth removed, I was in the chair steeling myself for the "real work" to begin when she told me she was already done. She had pulled the tooth during what felt like setup.
- KCread more about the experience of KC
Very kind staff. My son had his wisdom teeth out and all went so well. I highly recommend this practice.
- Mr.Fread more about the experience of Mr.F
we came to Propsect Oral Center from a recommendation by our neightbor. We are very happy with the thorough checkup and explanation of the procedure and Dr.'s decision to go with partial extraction of wisdom tooth. Panoramic photo followed by 3D photo helped us understand the procedure and made us comfortable. My 17th year old…
- Lakshmi Bread more about the experience of Lakshmi B
Had my impacted wisdom teeth removed and I couldn’t be happier. Dr. Hung is amazing! She made me feel very comfortable before and after my procedure. If I have any teeth problems in the future, I will definitely be returning!!
- Kenechi Nread more about the experience of Kenechi N
I was impressed with the professionalism starting wiht the consultation visit. Everything was explained clearly and in detail. ON the date of surgery, it was timely and well planned. Staff was extremely nice and the procedure wen relatively smoothly. I will highly recommend to consider this oral surgeon Dr. Cathy Hung.
- Nasreen Chawdryread more about the experience of Nasreen Chawdry
Good oral wisdom tooth surgery. Friendly environment. I hate needles but needed to get the needle put in my arm.
- MJ Iread more about the experience of MJ I
I was referred to Dr. Yuan to have my daughter's wisdom tooth extracted. From making the initial appointment, to her having the extractions done, was so easy and an absolute pleasure. The staff over the phone and in person, were professional, pleasant and just overall made the entire experience for us, a worry free one.…
- A Rread more about the experience of A R
I was nervous but the extraction went surprisingly well. I got up and walked away like nothing had happened at all. WOW!
- Diane Dread more about the experience of Diane D
I came here to get my wisdom tooth pulled. Dr. C Yuan did an amazing job with proper instructions after the surgery was complete. Staff was also nice and friendly. I would come here again.
- JRread more about the experience of JR
Extremely professional, nice staff and always promptly answered any questions I had. Definitely recommend others to go here.
- Ahmad Mread more about the experience of Ahmad M
This is my first experience with an oral surgeon and I was really scared to extract my wisdom teeth but my experience with Dr. Hung is really good and she really took good care of me and I would really recommend the doctor to everyone. Staff is also very good and nice.
- Mandyread more about the experience of Mandy
Dr. Hung and her whole staff were excellent! Helpful in every way. Little to no pain after a wisdom tooth extraction-Dr. Hung did such a great job! Would definitely recommend.
- Katy Fread more about the experience of Katy F
I had an overall great experience at Prospect Oral Surgery Center. I had 3 wisdom teeth removed. Dr. Hung was great at exploring the procedure and aftercare. I felt well prepared for the surgery and enjoyed interacting with the staff.
- S Cread more about the experience of S C
Dr. Hung was great. I had wisdom tooth extraction. She was very professional. There was no pain. The healing process was also very fast.
- Amina Khanread more about the experience of Amina Khan
Overall, the experience was a lot less nerve-wrecking than I was personally making it out to be. The staff was very friendly and the surgeon made the procedure very painless and was a lot faster than anticipated.
- K Hread more about the experience of K H
The surgery was relatively quick and painless, and the recovery was not as bad as expected. The staff was nice and accommodating and answered all my questions. Overall it was a pretty good experience.
- H Cread more about the experience of H C
Reception and Dr. were extremely helpful and welcoming!
- Amanda Collinsread more about the experience of Amanda Collins
Overall the wisdom teeth removal surgery went very smoothly. The staff is really nice and accommodating and I would recommend.
- Chelsea Liread more about the experience of Chelsea Li
Overall great experience. Very helpful with customer service, and very kind, informative and patient.
- Sakina Kupadvanjwalread more about the experience of Sakina Kupadvanjwal
I had my wisdom teeth removed and the whole operation was a breeze. Dr. Hung explained the whole procedure clearly and the aftermath was very smooth. I highly recommend Dr. Hung for any patient looking for a nice relaxed experience.
- Swarndep Sharmaread more about the experience of Swarndep Sharma
The staff was amazing, went above and beyond to help me and they front staff Jaymie and the others were wonderful and caring, thoughtful and I will recommend anyone to come here for service as I will if I need anything done, and to Dr. Hung what beautiful soul, a Dr. that cares and listens…
- Lori Robinsonread more about the experience of Lori Robinson
An orthodontist recommended this place to me despite the distance. My time here was quick and painless. The environment is neat and the staff is friendly. My experience here was great and I highly recommend this place.
- Jeremy Alicearead more about the experience of Jeremy Alicea
My daughter was in excruciating pain and we were referred to Dr. Hung's office. The Doctor was very helpful and the staff were exceptional. I was able to get emergency appointment immediately. They made sure to get us in the same day. My daughter had an infection and the doctor gave her antibiotics. She was…
- LeeAnn Kleinschmidtread more about the experience of LeeAnn Kleinschmidt
Very pleased with the level of care from staff & Doctor. Everyone was very kind and understanding of my anxiety with the procedures and very patient with me. Thank you to all the staff and Doc.
- Hadi Mayghanekiread more about the experience of Hadi Mayghaneki
Removal of wisdom teeth was quick and as painless as possible. During the surgery and past surgery every member of the staff at Prospect Oral Surgery Center was professional and helpful throughout the whole process of setting up surgery all the way through to the follow up visit.
- Jonathan Wolffread more about the experience of Jonathan Wolff
Prospect Oral Surgery Center was a wonderful choice made in regards to removing my wisdom teeth. They were kind, flexible and efficient with me as a patient. I would recommend this facility to anyone who needs it.
- C Matthewread more about the experience of C Matthew
Dr. Hung is a remarkable surgeon. I have had several procedures performed by her, and they were all successful and quickly healed. Her office is very friendly and I somehow always feel relaxed before my procedures. Top oral surgeon around. Highly recommend! 5/5.
- M Eread more about the experience of M E
It was a good, friendly staff and surgeon. They were kind and patient. Took good care of me. Made me feel at east. They were very helpful. An overall good experience. I would recommend them.
- Deanna Mundrasread more about the experience of Deanna Mundras
Really good service. I like the way Dr. treated my son. Highly recommend.
- Brenda Jimenezread more about the experience of Brenda Jimenez
Excellent experience here, the staff and Dr. Hung were outstanding. I will recommend this facility to family and friends.
- Anthony Sosaread more about the experience of Anthony Sosa
Everyone at this office is kind and comforting. It definitely eased my nerves into the procedure. Dr. Hung is amazing->professional, efficient, and friendly! This office is overall a great, warm place.
- D. Rogersread more about the experience of D. Rogers
Procedure was done very professionally. Instructions given after procedure were very clear and self-explainatory. Whole staff is very professional. Will definitely recommend to family and friends.
- Bikky Ramchandaniread more about the experience of Bikky Ramchandani
Es la mejor, me trataron mui bien. El mejor servicio que eh tenido en toda mi vida la recomiendo en un 100%. Gracias por sus tratos.
- Jose Marteread more about the experience of Jose Marte
Prospect Oral Surgery Center has a very polite and knowledgeable staff. They always call ahead of time to confirm and remind you about appointments as well as asking about the progress after surgery. Dr. Hung is wonderful! She takes the time to explain the different options available for the surgery and what she suggest is…
- Karolina Solisread more about the experience of Karolina Solis
The experience was great. It was quick and easy. The doctor explained everything thoroughly and clearly. I enjoyed coming to her, and would recommend her to anyone.
- Gabbyread more about the experience of Gabby
Good service. I like Dr. Hung. She is very detailed. She takes time to explain everything in detail. Staff is also very nice and polite. Waiting time is very less. My overall experience was good. I will recommend Dr. Hung.
- A Shiralkarread more about the experience of A Shiralkar
Dr. Hung and her office were very efficient, professional, and caring every time I came. I felt comfortable getting my wisdom teeth out with her and felt very minimal discomfort during and after the procedure. She was very reassuring before and after the procedure and every thing went smoothly.
- Viviane Liaoread more about the experience of Viviane Liao
Very nice and respectful place. Dr. Hung did a good job.
- Brittany Iread more about the experience of Brittany I
My experience with doctor Hung has been incredible. I had a surgery to remove my wisdom tooth. She is really a good doctor and a professional surgeon. The staff are really kind and concerned. I strongly recommend Dr. Hung to any other patient.
- H Vread more about the experience of H V
The experience was very informative. Meeting with Dr. Hung for my child gave me comfort and confidence in her expertise for a great procedure. My child's healing time was great and quick. I would definitely recommend her as an oral Surgeon. Did I mention she has a very personable staff. If speaking for my child…
- Anonymousread more about the experience of Anonymous
Prospect oral made the experience of a wisdom tooth removal painless and easy. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
- PASread more about the experience of PAS
Dr. Hung took great care of me! She explained the procedure to me thoroughly. She took her time with me and did not rush. My tooth extraction went well. Everything healed within couple of days. Thank you Dr. Hung.
- Tatiana Galyukread more about the experience of Tatiana Galyuk
The procedure went very well and I felt very comfortable and the healing process was nice and easy. I've always been scared of the dentist but she put my mind at ease.
- Alysha Briggsread more about the experience of Alysha Briggs
Amazing staff! Helpful, friendly, knowledgeable. Will recommend!
- Catherine Flanaganread more about the experience of Catherine Flanagan
Dr. Hung is a very good listener. I had multiple questions post op @ my follow up and she answered them to the best of my satisfaction.
- J Shahread more about the experience of J Shah
Had the best experience removing my wisdom tooth. 5 Star experience. Thank you Doctor.
- Hussam Elsahzlyread more about the experience of Hussam Elsahzly
Very little pain after my procedure and staff members are very professional.
- J Bezekread more about the experience of J Bezek
Great office, very understanding and willing to work with me even when the dentist was out of the office. Very professional and everything was well explained.
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