Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop and appear in the mouth. They usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. Impacted wisdom teeth are unable to erupt into the mouth, either due to lack of space or their position.
An impacted wisdom tooth may be painful and can contribute to problems such as infection, damage to neighboring teeth, tooth decay, periodontal disease, bone loss, and losing teeth. And more serious problems like cyst formation requiring more surgery could occur. Pain-free does NOT mean disease-free.
During the consultation, a comprehensive oral examination is done as well as an x-ray examination to verify the position of wisdom teeth
The removal of wisdom teeth is usually an in-office procedure done with intravenous sedation. With a scalpel blade, an incision is made in the gum margin around the second molar tooth. This is continued behind tangentially and the gum tissue is peeled off or retracted to expose the underlying jawbone. The wisdom tooth is then uncovered using a bur and a surgical motor. The wisdom tooth is sometimes split in half with the bur to enable easier retrieval with an instrument called an elevator. The bony crypt that housed the wisdom tooth is then cleaned with saline water and the gum flap is laid back and sutures are used to hold this in place.
After surgery, you will be given written and verbal instructions. Please follow them carefully.
DiGrazia Family Dentist in Reno, NV Knows What is Right For You
We have extensive experience in wisdom tooth removal. We promise the highest quality treatment implemented within our state-of-the-art dental facility. Our expert team will give you a detailed explanation of the wisdom tooth removal procedure and will do everything we can to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us! We look forward to hearing from you.