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Wisdom Teeth Extraction

If you want to keep your and your families oral health in tip-top shape, you have to know about what to look out for as you and your family age. There are plenty of milestones that we hit without incident and some that require professional dental help. Wisdom teeth are one of the trickier issues that most people have to deal with at some point. Most people do not have enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth, which means they must have them extracted or face the threat of impaction. A tooth being impacted can lead to serious infection and illness, so it should be avoided at all costs. At Reno-Tahoe Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we are quite skilled in wisdom teeth extraction and can help you and your family plan appropriately for their wisdom teeth to come in.

Why wisdom teeth need to be removed?

Wisdom teeth, also known as the third molar, are the most commonly removed set of teeth today. Most people do not have enough room in the jaw for wisdom teeth, and when they come in, they will almost certainly be impacted. When a tooth is said to be impacted, it means that the tooth will run into another structure in the mouth before erupting from the gum line fully. When a tooth is impacted it will usually lead to serious pain at best, and some form of infection at worst. To prevent impaction, we will often preemptively extract teeth that we believe are at high risk.

When We Decide to Extract Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are usually the last set of teeth to erupt from the gum line and usually show up sometime between the ages of 16 and 20. As your child comes in for regular examinations over the years, we will take X-rays of their mouth and monitor the progress of their adult teeth. We pay close attention to their wisdom teeth in an attempt to gauge when will be the best time to remove them. We will let you know when we recommend removal and will schedule you an appointment for removal.

If you are a referral, we will work closely with your dentist to ensure the accuracy and efficiency of you or your family member’s treatment.

Removing Wisdom Teeth

As with all procedures at Reno-Tahoe Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, the first step in the procedure is to make sure that you are comfortable and are properly anesthetized. We will always apply a local anesthetic and make sure that you feel no pain or discomfort. We also have a variety of sedation options.

There are two different procedures to remove wisdom teeth, which one we perform will depend on how far the teeth have erupted from the gum line. If the teeth fully erupt from the gums, there is a decent chance that we will be able to perform a simple extraction, which involves gripping the tooth with a special tool called an elevator. Once gripped, we will gently wiggle the tooth back and forth until it is loose enough to be plucked from your mouth.

If the tooth is still below the gums, we will opt to perform a surgical extraction where we will make an incision in the gums above the tooth to expose it. We will remove the tooth and suture the site closed. Make sure to visit our aftercare page to learn more about what to do to take care of yourself after having a wisdom tooth extraction.

Please call us today at Reno-Tahoe Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center to schedule your appointment! We look forward to seeing your smile!

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Scott M. Redlinger, DMD, MD
(775) 430-5355