Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Reno
Wisdom teeth usually grow in during or soon after adolescence and often cause alignment problems, the risk of infection, and other potentially painful and dangerous issues when surfacing.
If it’s time to have your wisdom teeth removed, Absolute Dental is here to help! We have several locations in Northern Nevada, including Reno, Sparks, and Carson City
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What You Need to Know About Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Although there is a chance all four teeth will come in straight and you may not experience much discomfort, it’s common for at least one or two, if not all four, wisdom teeth to grow in crooked or not all the way. This will result in overcrowding or shifting of the other teeth, leading to potentially damaging oral problems.
Painful Overcrowding of the Teeth
When the wisdom teeth start breaking through the gum line and pushing against the other molars or jaw as they grow, the pain can be sudden and uncomfortable.
Early Removal is Usually Best
When wisdom teeth first develop, the tissue is often soft and flexible. This means they should be easy to remove without any major complications. The longer they are under the gum line, at the surface, or the longer a tooth remains impacted, the greater the chance they will be more difficult to remove without any complications.
Who Performs the Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
Some wisdom teeth are easy to remove and can be done so by a skilled dentist. If there are underlying complicating factors, such as previous infection or a tooth is severely impacted under the gum line, an oral surgeon will need to remove it. An oral surgeon will be able to carefully extract the tooth and have the skills and equipment necessary for removal should any complications arise.
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What Can Be Expected After the Procedure?
Although it varies from patient to patient, the average recovery time after a tooth extraction is about 7 to 10 days. If everything goes well, you should expect your mouth to heal within that time. To avoid prolonging the healing process, be sure to take all medication as prescribed, and follow your dentist’s instructions carefully. A dislodged blood clot or infection will result in a longer recovery period.
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Most patients will experience some soreness and sensitivity immediately following the extraction. However, the discomfort should not last more than a few days. In some cases, pain medication will be needed to manage higher degrees of discomfort, but the need for pain medication will typically lessen with each day after the extraction.
After the wisdom teeth extraction, your dentist or oral surgeon will give you care instructions for a quick and easy recovery. It is crucial to follow all directions that are given to you to prevent complications afterward. This may include avoiding certain foods, specific cleaning instructions, or following an antibiotic schedule during the healing process. Although wisdom teeth removal is considered minor surgery, major problems can develop if proper care is not exercised after the procedure.
It’s common for wisdom teeth to start growing during adolescence and early adulthood, so your dentist will do regular checks while a patient is a teenager. It’s ideal to have your wisdom teeth removed as soon as they develop because the tissue is still soft and pliable, making extraction easier with fewer complications. If you suspect your wisdom teeth are growing, your dentist may recommend an extraction to avoid potential problems, including pain, overcrowding, infections, and misalignment of your bite.
How Do I Know My Wisdom Teeth Are Growing In?
It’s true, some people do not have any symptoms when their wisdom teeth begin to grow. However, others may experience one or all of the following signs:
- Impacted teeth
- Infected teeth and gums
- Painful pressure sores
- Tooth, gum, and mouth pain
- Headaches or facial pain
Many times your dentist will notice the wisdom teeth coming in before you even feel them and might recommend extraction before they start to shift, change direction, or make their way indirectly to the gum line.
Are You in Need of Wisdom Tooth Removal in Reno?
Having the wisdom teeth removed will result in a healthy mouth in which the other teeth have enough space to prevent overcrowding. If your teeth were overcrowded due to pressure from a wisdom tooth, you should begin to see relief within weeks following the extraction.
Check out our Reno locations to see which Absolute Dental office is most convenient for you or your family.