Wisdom Teeth Extraction
The main problem with wisdom teeth is that most people simply don't have enough room in the back of their mouths for them to fit. When they try to push through the gums, they could cause infection and pain, and they may also cause the rest of your teeth to shift in position. In severe cases, the wisdom teeth could even damage the nearby teeth or result in permanent nerve damage.
Deciding to Remove the Wisdom TeethNot everyone will need to have their wisdom teeth removed. In fact, some people have the teeth erupt and align properly, and when the gum tissue is healthy, they can stay in the mouth with no problem. Unfortunately, this is a rare occurrence, and extraction will be needed when the teeth become impacted, meaning they aren't able to properly erupt through the gums. In other cases, they might grow in sideways or only partially penetrate the gums. When teeth are impacted, they can be oriented sideways, at odd angles, or even backwards.
If your wisdom teeth have erupted partially, you can experience some significant problems. A pocket can develop in which food and bacteria are caught, and this can cause infection and severe pain. Symptoms of a problem include pain, stiffness, fever, nausea, vomiting and swelling.
When your wisdom teeth erupt, this pressure can cause the other teeth to move. This can disrupt the natural alignment of the teeth, and if you've had orthodontic work in the past, this movement can reverse any progress that you enjoyed.
Severe problems can arise when the wisdom teeth develop tumors or cysts around them. These conditions are critical and can be extremely destructive, and some patients will need bone grafting or jaw surgery. Fortunately, many of the complications associated with wisdom teeth impaction can be prevented as long as the teeth are removed early.
Examining the Wisdom TeethWe meet with patients in order to examine and evaluate the state of the wisdom teeth, and we can provide recommendations on whether or not we think your wisdom teeth might become a problem in the future.
Research has shown that early intervention will allow for fewer complications following surgery, so we will start evaluating you during your mid-teen years to see how your wisdom teeth are progressing.
If your dentist has advised that you get your wisdom teeth removed in the near future, please contact our office to set up your consultation. We will schedule an appointment to thoroughly explain the surgery so you can fully explore your options for successful removal of your wisdom teeth.
Scott M. Redlinger, DMD, MD
Dr. Redlinger is an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon with a particular interest in dental implants. He received his dental degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and his Medical degree from the University of Nebraska. He has published numerous articles on Oral and Maxillofacial surgery and enjoys participating in organized dentistry.
Dr. Redlinger was raised in Boulder City, Nevada but fell in love with Reno as a youth on his family's annual ski trip to Lake Tahoe. When time came to pick colleges it was a natural fit that he would go north and attend University of Nevada, Reno. He returned to Southern Nevada to complete dental school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. After dental school Dr. Redlinger was off to the hearty Midwest where he completed medical school, internship in General Surgery, and residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. University of Nebraska's program was the first dual degree OMFS program in the country.
After completing residency, Dr. Redlinger found himself drawn once again back to Reno and the Truckee Meadows. Dr. Redlinger enjoys practicing full scope Oral and Maxillofacial surgery from dentoalveolar and dental implant surgery, to facial reconstruction and cosmetic surgery.
When not in the office or operating room, Dr. Redlinger may be found searching out a favorite fishing hole, skiing on one of the many slopes of Tahoe, or attempting the game of golf. Scott is married to Teala Redlinger, who is a General Dentist working with children in Reno. They are raising three beautiful children, Orion, Atlas and Cheyenne.
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