Wisdom Teeth Extraction
At Reno-Tahoe Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we work hard to ensure the health of your mouth well into the future. When you or your children come in for a dental cleaning and examination, we will do our very best to look for signs of things that could become an issue in the future so that we can build a plan for dealing with it as soon as possible. A great example of this is wisdom teeth. We are always on the lookout for the development of wisdom teeth in young teen’s mouths because we want to determine whether or not there is enough room for the wisdom teeth in their mouth.
Why do wisdom teeth often need to be removed?Wisdom teeth often need to be removed because they frequently come in at an incorrect angle and many people do not have enough room in their mouth for them. It is thought that long ago in human history there was enough room for the third molars. Also, we guess that tooth loss at an early age was more common long ago, which lead to the need for additional molars in the late teen years of life.
When we say that a tooth is going to be impacted, what we mean is that as the tooth erupts from the jaw, it will come into contact with another tooth or dental structure that it should not contact. An impacted tooth is often the cause of significant discomfort and usually, leads to an infection.
Deciding to Remove the Wisdom TeethNot everyone will need to have their wisdom teeth removed. Some people don’t have wisdom teeth at all. Some people only have one or two wisdom teeth. When we check to see the progress of your wisdom teeth, we will also check to see if your mouth has enough room for them. Some people have enough room in their mouth to accommodate wisdom teeth; others do not. The most important part is that you come in at least once every six months for a cleaning and examination so that we can monitor the progress of your wisdom teeth and make a determination based on years of observation.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction ProcedureThe first step is to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure by giving you a local anesthetic to ensure that your mouth is numb. We have a few different sedation options available to our patients, just ask, and we will be happy to accommodate you. We will make an incision in the gums above the wisdom tooth and will grip the tooth with a tool called an elevator to remove it. Some wisdom teeth will need to be split to be removed.
Once we have the tooth out, we will suture the site closed and place some gauze over it to aid in soaking up any excess bleeding that occurs. We will send you home with care instructions. It is important that you take it easy for a day or two following tooth extractions to ensure that the site heals properly.
Please call us today at (775) 430-5355 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you smile!