Wisdom Teeth Specialist

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Dee for Dentist

Cosmetic & General Dentistry & Endodontists and Dental Implants Specialists located in Silverado Ranch, Las Vegas, NV

Your wisdom teeth are your third set of molars, but they often cause more complications than they solve. At Dee for Dentist in Las Vegas, Nevada, the dental professionals perform safe wisdom teeth extractions as a means of preventing tooth damage, tooth decay, pain, and other oral health complications. To find out if you need a wisdom tooth extraction, call Dee for Dentist, or book an appointment online today.

Wisdom Teeth Q & A

What are wisdom teeth?

Your wisdom teeth are the final molars to erupt. Unlike your other adult teeth, they typically appear sometime during late adolescence or in your early twenties. 

When should I consider wisdom tooth extraction?

Your wisdom teeth might not have enough room to erupt, in which case they’re referred to as impacted wisdom teeth. Even if your wisdom teeth aren’t impacted, they might erupt in a less than ideal position. This can lead to poor oral health outcomes, including:

  • Tooth decay
  • Jawbone damage
  • Damage to nearby teeth
  • Misalignment
  • Cysts
  • Gum infection or inflammation
  • Pain

If your mouth feels painful as your wisdom teeth develop, you should call Dee for Dentist for an evaluation right away. If your wisdom teeth erupt without complication, you might not require extraction. The team at Dee for Dentist can help you decide whether an extraction is the right course of treatment for you.

What should I expect during my wisdom tooth extraction?

The steps in your wisdom tooth extraction vary depending on whether your teeth are impacted. Your dentist discusses your options for anesthesia before the appointment. They may plan and perform your surgery right in the office. You might get local anesthesia to numb the extraction sites or local anesthesia with sedation through an intravenous (IV) drip.

During the extractions, your dentist makes an incision in your gums to access the root of your wisdom tooth and the underlying jawbone. They might remove the tooth in one piece or several sections.

Once the tooth is removed, your provider thoroughly cleans the area. The incision is closed, and gauze is used to help limit any bleeding. 

What should I expect during my recovery after a wisdom tooth extraction?

It takes some time to heal after a wisdom tooth extraction, and you’ll need to modify your lifestyle for at least a few days as the swelling and pain diminish. You should:

  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages
  • Eat soft foods only for at least 24 hours
  • Drink lots of water
  • Avoid brushing your teeth and rinsing your mouth for 24 hours
  • Avoid strenuous physical activity

Depending on the type of stitches your dentist uses, you might need to return to Dee for Dentist for removal. Some stitches are designed to dissolve over time, so you don’t need a second appointment. 

To find out more about wisdom teeth and the benefits of extraction, call Dee for Dentist, or book an appointment online today.