Wisdom teeth can often lead to complications because they erupt late, and there usually isn't enough space for them to grow. Learn about the ins and outs of wisdom teeth removal in Las Vegas, NV, the reasons behind the procedure, the process, post-operative care, and everything you need to know for a smooth and comfortable experience.

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What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are the last teeth to develop in the human mouth. They usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 25, completing the set of 32 teeth in an adult mouth. Although their purpose in our modern diet is limited, wisdom teeth were helpful for our ancestors who consumed rougher, tougher foods.

Today, wisdom teeth often pose challenges and may require removal due to changes in diet and the evolution of our jaws. In many cases, wisdom teeth become impacted, leading to pain, infections, and potential damage to adjacent teeth.  

Causes of Wisdom Teeth Removal

  • Impacted Wisdom Teeth: When wisdom teeth don't have enough space to fully emerge, they become impacted and cause discomfort and potential oral health issues.
  • Misalignment and Crowding: Wisdom teeth can exert pressure on adjacent teeth, leading to crowding and misalignment.
  • Decay and Gum Disease: Since they're located at the back of the mouth, wisdom teeth are challenging to clean, which makes them more prone to decay and gum problems.
  • Cysts or Tumors: In rare cases, wisdom teeth may develop cysts or tumors, which must be removed to prevent further complications.

The Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure

At Drs. Chin and Pharar Dentistry, we prioritize your comfort and safety during the wisdom teeth removal procedure.

Before the procedure, you will receive anesthesia to numb the area. We offer local anesthesia to target the extraction site and oral and IV sedation for those who prefer to feel more relaxed and comfortable during the procedure.

Once the anesthesia takes effect, our skilled dentist will make a small gum incision to access the wisdom tooth and perform the extraction. They will stitch the area after removing the tooth and apply gauze to control bleeding. Our team will give you aftercare tips to ensure a smooth recovery process.

What is the Recovery Process Like After Wisdom Tooth Removal?

The recovery usually takes about a week, and you may experience swelling, bleeding, and mild discomfort for a few days. Applying ice packs and taking prescribed pain medications as directed can help alleviate these symptoms. You must also follow a soft or liquid diet for a few days to prevent irritation and promote healing.

Good oral hygiene practices, such as gentle brushing and rinsing with a prescribed mouthwash, will help prevent infection and promoting healing. You will have to avoid activities that may dislodge the blood clot or hinder recovery, like using straws or smoking.

Finally,  you will have to book follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and address any concerns throughout recovery.

Ready for Wisdom Teeth Removal in Las Vegas, NV?

If you are experiencing wisdom tooth-related issues or have been advised to have your wisdom teeth removed, please schedule an appointment with our team. At Drs. Chin and Pharar Dentistry, we combine technical expertise with a compassionate approach to perform general and cosmetic dentistry procedures. Contact us today to take the first step toward optimal oral health!