The extraction of impacted wisdom teeth typically takes place during a single appointment. We will begin the process with a local anesthetic, which numbs the area and eliminates pain. We also offer sedation dentistry to provide a more comfortable experience for you or your teenager.
Once the patient is properly prepared, we can begin the procedure. During a surgical extraction, we typically make several incisions in the gums to expose the teeth and supporting bone. The number of incisions we make depends on the number of wisdom teeth present. Many people are born with four teeth. Some have two or three, while others are born with none at all.
After we expose the tooth and underlying bone, we can begin the removal process. In many cases, we will break the tooth up into several pieces, which makes it easier to remove. We may also need to remove a portion of the surrounding bone.
Once the teeth are out, we will suture the incisions and pack the area with gauze. This will help to reduce the amount of bleeding and expedite the healing process. Depending on the type of sedation you choose, you may need to arrange a ride home following your procedure.
Before you leave, you will get a set of post-operative instructions. Most people will have little or no pain after their surgery. Be sure to follow our instructions closely to reduce your risk of post-operative complications. If you experience excessive swelling, bleeding, or pain after the first few days, be sure to call us as soon as possible.
If you have impacted wisdom teeth, you may need multiple tooth extractions. Call (775) 384-3500 to schedule your consultation appointment today!