Wisdom Teeth Extraction Procedure

Reno, NV

Wisdom Teeth

At Reno-Tahoe Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we work hard to ensure the health of your mouth well into the future. We are always looking for signs of developing wisdom teeth and are sure to monitor their growth for issues or potential problems during this period. This allows us to deal with them as soon as possible.

A common dental procedure that we perform is wisdom teeth removal which may be necessary for a variety of reasons such as impacted teeth, mouth crowding, or infection. The oral surgeons at Reno-Tahoe Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center are well-versed in wisdom tooth extractions and look forward to treating you like family.

Why Might Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed?

Wisdom tooth removal is often needed because these teeth 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 led to the need for additional molars in the late teen years of life. However, over time, wisdom teeth have provided less of a service to us and are becoming more troublesome.

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 leading to overcrowding in the mouth. An impacted tooth is often the cause of significant discomfort and usually, leads to an infection and other complications.

Other reasons wisdom teeth may need to be removed include:

  • Sinus problems
  • Damage to the jaw
  • Damage to surrounding teeth
  • Gum inflammation
  • Tooth alignment problems
  • Mouth overcrowding
  • Pain, swelling, and infection 

Deciding To Remove The Wisdom Teeth

Not everyone will need wisdom teeth removal. Some people don't have wisdom teeth at all and some people only have one or two wisdom teeth. When we check the progression of your wisdom teeth, we will also check to see if your mouth has enough room for them. Some patients have enough room in their mouths to accommodate wisdom teeth while others do not. Whether or not the impacted wisdom teeth are causing noticeable dental problems will also be important when considering if wisdom teeth removal is necessary.

The most important part is that you see your general dentist at least once every six months for a cleaning and examination so that they can monitor the progress of your wisdom teeth and make a determination based on years of observation.

Can you get wisdom teeth removed right away?
Many people who choose to proceed with wisdom teeth extractions want to get the procedure done as soon as possible. Patients will need to see an oral surgeon for a consultation and assessment prior to scheduling an appointment for surgery. We'll determine when you can get your wisdom teeth removed. Fortunately, wisdom teeth removal is an outpatient procedure that allows you to go back home the same day.

Preparing For Wisdom Tooth Removal

In preparation for your wisdom tooth removal, you should first know that this is an outpatient procedure meaning you’ll be able to go home the same day. Sedation will be administered during the procedure and you will need someone to drive you home afterward. You will also be put on a soft food diet for some time following your procedure. Be sure to have things like ice cream, smoothies, mashed potatoes, and soup available.

How much does wisdom teeth removal cost?

Wisdom teeth removal costs will differ from patient to patient and vary depending on multiple factors. One consideration that affects the cost of a wisdom tooth extraction procedure is the type of anesthesia that is used for sedation. Another factor is how difficult it is to remove the teeth. If additional assistance, tools, or time are needed to perform the procedure, then it’s likely that there will also be additional costs involved.

In general, wisdom teeth removal may cost between $600 - $1,100. To have all 4 wisdom teeth removed at the same time, the cost may range from $1,500 - $2,200. Most insurance policies cover some portion of wisdom teeth removal procedures, alleviating a portion of your financial burdens.

What To Expect During The Procedure

The first step of wisdom teeth removal is to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure by giving you a local anesthetic that numbs your mouth. We have a few different sedation options available to our patients, just ask, and we will be happy to accommodate you. Once the anesthetic has become effective we will make an incision in the gums above the wisdom tooth. Using a dental tool called an elevator we will then grip the tooth and pull to remove it. Some wisdom teeth will need to be split to be safely removed.

Once we have the tooth out, we will suture the site closed and place some gauze over the wound to aid in soaking up any excess bleeding that occurs. Before you leave the office, you will be given aftercare instructions to help you heal quickly and appropriately.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction Aftercare

Your recovery is a top priority of ours. Removing impacted wisdom teeth will be a major surgical procedure and following the proper post-operative care will be vital to successful healing. Not following these instructions may lead to unnecessary pain and potential complications involving swelling and infection. If you are experiencing severe pain, swelling, or heavy bleeding for 2-3 days after your procedure, or if you think you are reacting poorly to the medication you were prescribed, please call our office right away.

How long does wisdom teeth removal take to heal?

A typical wisdom tooth extraction takes around 2-4 days to recover from. It’s at this point that patients feel well enough to resume their daily tasks, such as working, exercising, etc. Some patients may take up to a week to recover depending on how the procedure went. The wound itself will not be fully healed for several months, however, so it is important to keep up with the recommended wisdom teeth extraction aftercare instructions.

What To Do After Your Wisdom Teeth Removal

The key to a speedy recovery is to follow the wisdom teeth removal aftercare instructions provided by your oral surgeon. Included will be tips for how to keep your mouth clean after the extraction, what foods you can eat, and how to alleviate pain and inflammation. Some of the aftercare instructions for wisdom teeth removal include:

  • Stick to a liquid diet the day of and after your procedure. Once the inflammation has subsided, you can switch to eating soft foods like smoothie bowls, yogurt, and mashed potatoes. 
  • Be sure to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. AVOID drinking liquids through a straw at this time as it can lead to heavy bleeding. 
  • Take your antibiotics as prescribed, and be sure to finish the prescription. Stopping your antibiotics early can lead to other health complications or side effects.
  • Avoid touching the area. This can cause more discomfort and could lead to infection. 
  • Manage your inflammation and discomfort using cold compresses and provided pain medication. 
  • To keep your mouth clean after wisdom teeth removal, rinse your mouth very gently with a salt-water mixture 5-6 times daily until the wound is healed. This will keep your mouth clean and will aid in a swift recovery.
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