When Do You Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Las Vegas, NV
Knowing that you might have to have a tooth extracted, especially your wisdom teeth, can be scary. Having a tooth extraction can be a big step for many people, and it is often a step most are reluctant to take. One thing to know is that having teeth extracted is one of the most common procedures for dentists. However, having a tooth pulled can be a tough procedure, and you will have to deal with having a gap in your mouth for a while. Our oral surgeons at Nevada Facial and Oral Surgery understand this, and we want to make sure that you know when a tooth extraction is necessary.
Before we extract a tooth or do anything related to your mouth, we will always check your overall mouth health. We will look at your gums, teeth, and bones before making the procedure as painless as possible for you.
We numb your mouth with a powerful anesthetic and then make sure to do everything possible to loosen the tooth before pulling it out. If your tooth can be accessed easily, it is a simple extraction, while teeth that are not easily accessible need to be pulled via surgery. Wisdom teeth typically require surgery.
What Causes A Tooth Extraction to be Needed?
While your permanent teeth are meant to last you a lifetime, they can become damaged whenever some of the following things occur. For example, when your teeth are severely decayed and cannot be repaired due to the level of damage sustained.
Typically, when the pulp of the tooth is infected, we will perform a root canal and attempt to remove the damaged pulp. However, when the damage is too severe for a root canal to be effective, our dentists will advocate for pulling the tooth.
If you are suffering from advanced stages of gum disease, then your teeth could become loose as a result of jawbone decay. If this happens, we will pull the tooth and then place a new one in your mouth.
When Should You Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
One of the main reasons for wisdom tooth extractions is when wisdom teeth are impacted. When they are impacted, they do not grow properly. This can cause pain, damage your overall mouth health, and can impact how you eat and speak. We will extract the impacted tooth to prevent damage to the rest of your mouth and to prevent any infections growing out of the damaged area.
Overcrowding can be a problem for your mouth as well, especially if you have larger teeth in a smaller mouth. If your teeth are crammed together and are unable to grow, we will try to straighten out the alignment to give them space. Sometimes braces and clear aligners can help with tooth alignment problems. If this is impossible, we will pull any teeth, including wisdom teeth, that are taking up too much space in your mouth.
We recommend wisdom teeth removal in teenagers and young adults when wisdom tooth removal is necessary. People in this age range tend to heal quicker than adults who wait until later to have their wisdom teeth removed.
Tooth extractions can happen for several reasons, but the procedure is the same no matter the cause. Our dentists at Nevada Facial and Oral Surgery will work with you to determine the cause of your tooth extraction, and make sure that the procedure is done both painfully and quickly. Call (702) 329-7554 for more information and to set up an appointment.