Wisdom teeth are the upper and lower third molars located in the back of your mouth. These teeth come in during your late teens to early twenties when you've finally gained some "wisdom." It's become common practice to have wisdom teeth removed, but why? Well, there are a number of problems that are caused by wisdom teeth from increased risk of infection to overcrowding and pain in the mouth. 

We are always on the lookout for the development of wisdom teeth in young teens' mouths because we want to determine whether or not there is enough room for the teeth to reside without causing issues. To avoid potential dental problems, it may be recommended to have some or all of them removed through a wisdom teeth extraction procedure

Contact Dr. Redlinger, a quality oral surgeon in Reno, NV, to see if you’d make a good candidate for wisdom tooth extraction. 

tooth extractionWhy would Wisdom Teeth need to be extracted?

Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to come through the back of your gums. Each person typically has four wisdom teeth, one in each corner of the mouth. Often, there is not enough space for these teeth in the mouth so when they finally emerge, it’s common for the teeth to be impacted. This can cause significant pain, infection, and other serious dental problems.

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, otherwise known as an impacted tooth. 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. 

Problems That Arise From Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Having an impacted wisdom tooth may not have any negative effects, but most wisdom teeth cause several problems in your mouth. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to problems such as:

wisdom tooth extraction recoveryWisdom Teeth Extraction Recovery

Your wisdom teeth extraction 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. Several instructions will be provided by your Reno oral surgeon post-procedure. This will include information regarding pain management, proper cleaning, swelling, bruising, and bleeding, along with what foods, beverages, and activities are appropriate during your wisdom teeth extraction recovery. 

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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Wisdom teeth are something of a mystery to most people. They know very little about them, but have a lot of misconceptions that go with them. It is important that you know what to expect when it comes to handling wisdom teeth and their removal. At Reno-Tahoe Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we strive to keep our wisdom teeth extractions as minimally invasive as possible. 

This can help you be better prepared when they begin to come in for your oral surgery in Reno. Here are a few things that are important to know prior to your wisdom teeth erupting.

What To Know About Wisdom Teeth Removal

Typically, wisdom teeth start to come in between the ages of 17 and 22. They occasionally show up outside this window, but this is when the vast majority of wisdom teeth removal cases show up. Not all wisdom teeth that come in require extraction, either. When wisdom teeth do start to come in, they can cause dental issues and damage to your other teeth. 

This is one of the biggest misconceptions that people tend to have about wisdom teeth. Many people need them extracted, but some people actually have enough room to safely have them in their mouth forever.

Some wisdom teeth only come in part of the way, or come in and push other teeth around. This is why the majority of wisdom teeth get extracted. If your wisdom teeth came in partially, or came in facing the wrong way, such as the roof of the mouth, then they will need to come out. 

That is where we can come in to help. We have a lot of experience extracting teeth in general, specifically wisdom teeth. 

Your recovery is also important to us, because removing impacted wisdom teeth is a major surgical procedure and needs the proper post-operative care.  

Your general dentist may have noticed that it is time for you to have your wisdom teeth extracted. If you have issues with your erupting wisdom teeth, or even have problems with wisdom teeth that you have had for years, call us for a consultation. We can have you come in, take some x-rays, and perform a full examination for a potential wisdom teeth removal. From there, our team of oral surgeons in Reno can determine what the next steps would be, no matter if it is maintaining a close eye on them or extracting them. 

If you’d like to learn more about additional conditions that may require oral surgery, like overbites and jaw issues, click here.

How to Prepare for Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery

You should first know that this is an outpatient procedure, so you’ll be able to go home the same day. We will administer sedation during the procedure, which means you’ll need someone to take you home after. Following the surgery, you’ll be on a soft food diet and having ice cream, smoothies and soup is something to stock up on from the store. 

As the premier oral surgeon in Northern Nevada for wisdom teeth removal, we are proud to specialize in wisdom tooth extractions in Reno. The team at Reno-Tahoe Oral Surgery always wants to make sure the health of your mouth is on track for the future. We often offer Wisdom Teeth Days throughout each month as a way to make scheduling procedures a breeze for you or your loved ones.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please call us at (775) -430-5355 today.

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