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. When you or your children come in for a wisdom teeth 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.

Your general dentist may have already noticed that it is time for you to have your wisdom teeth extracted and we look forward to treating you like family at Reno-Tahoe Oral Surgery Dental Implant Center.

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.

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 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 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 tooth removal is necessary.

The most important part is that you visit 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.

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.

What To Expect During The Procedure

The first step of wisdom tooth 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.
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