Wisdom Teeth Removal
When wisdom teeth grow in, they can often cause overcrowding, tooth impactions, and other discomfort in our mouths. If not extracted, wisdom teeth can increase bacteria while making it more difficult to adequately clean teeth. Over time, this can cause infection, bone loss, or even gum disease.
Most of a person's adult teeth will come in fairly early in life. A child will usually start to lose teeth when he or she is six years old, give or take a couple of years. As the child grows, more baby teeth will be lost, and more adult teeth will come in. The process does not end there, however. There are still four more teeth that will come in. This often happens during the late teens or early '20s. These four teeth are known as wisdom teeth, and they will often cause many problems. Here at Nevada Facial and Oral Surgery, we will check for your wisdom teeth during routine exams.
What You Need to Know About Wisdom Teeth Removal
Contrary to popular belief, wisdom teeth are not automatically extracted. It is common, though, because often wisdom teeth will cause problems if they are allowed to stay.
One of the main reasons why we decide that your wisdom teeth need to be removed is because they will crowd the other teeth in your jaw. This will lead to bite problems and can also be quite painful. Your teeth are all already set in your jaw by the time your wisdom teeth show up, and the new teeth will change how everything fits. That is one of the main reasons why they might need to be removed.
Another common reason why your wisdom teeth might need to be extracted is because they are not coming in straight. When your other adult teeth do not come in correctly, we will fix them with braces, but if the rest of your teeth are straight, there is no reason to change everything because of your wisdom teeth.
We will usually take out all four wisdom teeth at the same time. If we determine that not all four teeth need to be removed, we will still take out the ones that are to be extracted all in the same day. This will cut down on the time that you will need to heal.
Often we will need to section a wisdom tooth to extract it. When we do this, we will cut it into pieces and then remove each piece. This gives us better control.
After your wisdom teeth have been removed, there will be swelling. Use an ice pack to keep it down. We will talk to you about pain medication. We also might prescribe an antibiotic. If we do this, make sure that you take the full amount, even if you are feeling better. This is the best way to ward off any infection.
If you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, do not put it off. Remember, the sooner that you have it done, the sooner it will be all over with. Here at Nevada Facial and Oral Surgery we will take good care of you, and we will also answer all of your questions.
Make your appointment by calling (702) 329-7554. Do not put it off. If your wisdom teeth do not come in correctly, they will cause you problems down the road.