Wisdom Tooth Extractions in Reno

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Why Might I Need My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that begin to erupt between the ages of 17 to 25. While wisdom teeth do not always need to be removed, most people lack adequate jaw space to accommodate these teeth without experiencing oral health problems and discomfort. 

If you are experiencing symptoms such as jaw pain, sinus problems, infection, damage to surrounding teeth, gum inflammation, tooth pain, difficulty chewing, and struggling to keep these teeth clean, these are signs that your wisdom teeth are impacted and should be removed. 

Impacted wisdom teeth mean that there isn’t enough space for them to erupt completely, which fully or partially traps them behind the gums. They also may be erupting at an angle and pressing against your other teeth which can be very painful. 

Most wisdom teeth need to be extracted surgically. Contact us at Blue Water Dental Care to schedule a consultation with our dentist in Reno.

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It can take 1 to 3 months to heal from a surgical extraction.

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The Wisdom Tooth Extraction Process

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Dr. Kelly will examine your teeth and take x-rays to look at their position in your jaw. This will help us determine if your wisdom teeth need to be removed and if this can be done with a basic or surgical extraction.

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Pain Relief & Sedation Solutions

We will administer a local anesthetic to numb your mouth so you don’t feel any pain. Most patients also prefer to be sedated so they don’t need to be aware of the sounds, sight, and pressures that come along with the extraction procedure. This will relax you and melt away any anxiety.

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Incision & Sectioning

Once your mouth is fully numb, we will make an incision into your gums to gain access to the underlying tooth. If there is bone tissue blocking access to the tooth, this will also be cut. The tooth is then sectioned by cutting it into small fragments.

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Loosen & Removal

To loosen each fragment of your wisdom teeth, we will use a dental elevator to rock it back and forth in the socket until it is completely loose and then forceps are used to pull it out.

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Once your teeth have been extracted, we will reposition the gums and close the incision with sutures.

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Control Bleeding

Gauze will be placed in the socket and you will need to bite down on these for 30 minutes to an hour to stop the bleeding.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You should wait until the anesthetic has worn off before eating or drinking anything hot so you don’t damage your mouth. In the first 1 to 2 days, you should stick to mostly liquid foods like broth-based soups, applesauce, pudding, meal replacement shakes without a straw, and yogurt. These are foods that require little to no chewing. 

After the first couple of days, you can start to eat slightly chewier food but you need to stick to an exclusively soft food diet for at least the first week. Avoid hard, crunchy, sticky, and tough foods. You can eat foods like pasta, rice, bread, roasted vegetables, and fish.

After having your wisdom teeth extracted, you may need to take a few days off from work or school to recover. In the first few days, you will experience minor discomfort, bleeding, and swelling. 

You should continue to change your gauze to fresh dampened gauze every few hours before they become soaking. Minor bleeding may continue for the first 24 hours. Swelling will peak about 2 to 3 days after the extraction. 

To minimize swelling, you should keep your head elevated and apply a cold compress to the area for about 15 minutes on and off in the first 24 hours. Take anti-inflammatory pain medication for pain relief and get some rest. Avoid strenuous exercise and do not suck from a straw in the first 24 hours.

If your wisdom teeth are impacted or erupting at an angle, failing to remove them will cause you a lot of discomfort and oral health problems such as repeated infections, tooth decay, gum disease, changes to your bite, and damage to your other teeth. 

If your wisdom teeth have fully erupted, come in straight, and don’t cause you any discomfort, then they do not need to be removed. We may recommend that you have wisdom teeth removed before they start causing problems if we suspect based on x-rays that they are likely to cause problems in the future based on their position in the jaw.

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