Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Carson City
Wisdom teeth are the last molars to grow in during or soon after adolescence. Because they can cause overcrowding in the mouth, infections, and other potentially painful and dangerous issues when surfacing, most patients will have them extracted.
If you think it’s time to have your wisdom teeth removed, Absolute Dental is here to help! Our experienced dentists will do a full evaluation and plan the best course of action for you.
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What You Should Know About Wisdom Teeth Extractions
It’s common for at least one (if not all four) wisdom teeth to grow in crooked or not all the way. Unfortunately, this results in overcrowding or shifting of the other teeth, causing damage, infections, gum disease and other oral issues.
Wisdom Teeth and Pain
When wisdom teeth start to break through the gum line and push against the other teeth or jaw, you may experience sudden pain and pressure. This discomfort will often intensify as the wisdom teeth continue to grow.
Early Removal of Wisdom Teeth
When wisdom teeth are first developing, the tissue is still soft and flexible. Because of this, they are usually easy to remove without significant complications. The longer they are allowed to grow, the more difficult it could be to remove them.
Who Performs the Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
Simple wisdom teeth extractions can be done by a skilled dentist. However, if there are underlying complications, including infections, a severely impacted tooth or extensive overcrowding, a skilled oral surgeon with the necessary equipment will need to remove the wisdom teeth.
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What Can Patients Expect After a Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
It can vary from patient to patient, but the average recovery time after a tooth extraction is between 7 to 10 days. You can expect your mouth to heal within that time if everything went well with your procedure. To help keep the healing process on track, make sure you take all medications as prescribed and carefully follow your dentist’s post-operative instructions. Complications such as a dislodged blood clot or infection means your recovery will take longer than expected.
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Immediately following an extraction procedure, many patients experience some discomfort and sensitivity in the area or around the jaw. However, the pain should not last more than a few days. For some patients, your dentist will prescribe pain medication to manage your discomfort. You should notice the need for pain management will lessen with each day after the extraction.
Your dentist or oral surgeon will give you comprehensive care instructions for a quick and easy recovery after having your wisdom teeth removed. It’s essential to follow their directions to prevent complications that could prolong your recovery. You will be given guidelines on avoiding certain foods, cleaning instructions and taking medications, such as antibiotics, to aid the healing process. Even though wisdom teeth removal is considered minor surgery, major issues can develop when proper care is not taken after the extraction.
Because it’s most common for wisdom teeth to grow during adolescence and early adulthood, your dentist will check on them regularly during this time. It’s best to remove wisdom teeth as soon as they develop while the tissue is still soft and pliable, making extraction easier with fewer complications. If it looks like your wisdom teeth are growing, your dentist may recommend an extraction to avoid common issues, including pain, overcrowding, infections and impacted teeth.
How Will I Know When My Wisdom Teeth Are Growing?
Although some people don’t experience any symptoms when their wisdom teeth begin to grow, others may have some or all of the following signs:
- General discomfort in the back of the mouth and jawline
- Impacted teeth
- Infected teeth and gums
- Painful pressure sores
- Tooth and gum pain
- Headaches, earaches or facial pain
In many cases, your dentist will notice your wisdom teeth growing in before you even feel them and might recommend extraction before they break through the gum line. Early extraction helps avoid issues that can arise if you don’t have your wisdom teeth removed.
Are You in Need of Wisdom Tooth Removal in Carson City?
Having your wisdom teeth removed will help you keep your smile healthy and strong by preventing overcrowding, infections and pain. If you were experiencing discomfort and pressure from your growing wisdom teeth, you should begin to feel relief within weeks following the extraction.
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