What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are four additional molars that grow into the back of the mouth during people’s late teens or early twenties. Because they grow out later than the rest of the teeth, wisdom teeth can often get stuck and fail to fully emerge, or come out at an angle.
Wisdom teeth in these scenarios are known as impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, discomfort, or oral hygiene issues. As a result, wisdom teeth removal is a very common dental procedure for young adults.
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When Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
If your wisdom teeth are causing you pain or discomfort, or you are concerned about being able to keep them clean, you should make an appointment to see your Summerlin dentist.
Dental problems caused by wisdom teeth can include:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Cysts and benign growths
Many of these issues can be tackled with antiseptic mouthwash and antibiotics, however, your Las Vegas general dentist may recommend wisdom teeth removal if these do not work.
What are the Symptoms of Wisdom Teeth Coming In?
The arrival of wisdom teeth can cause a number of noticeable symptoms. According to the American Dental Association, here are several symptoms that your wisdom teeth should be extracted:
- Swelling of the gums at the back of your mouth
- Pain in your jaw
- Tender gums or bleeding when brushing your teeth
- Difficulty or pain when opening your mouth wide
- A foul taste in your mouth
- Bad breath
- Pain when chewing, especially at the back of your mouth
How Does Tooth Extraction Work?
Removing a wisdom tooth is a relatively simple dental procedure that usually takes less than 20 minutes. You will receive a local anesthetic injection to your gums, or a sedative before the procedure.
During the procedure, your dentist or oral surgeon will widen the tooth socket by rocking the tooth back and forth. You may feel some pressure during this process.
They may need to make a small cut into your gum or cut the tooth into several pieces to remove it.
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What Can I Expect During Wisdom Teeth Extraction Recovery?
Although it differs from one patient to another, this can take up to 2 weeks to fully heal, but the swelling and discomfort usually improve significantly after the first few days.
During your recovery, you may feel the following
- Some soreness and sensitivity,
- Discomfort should only last a few days,
- Swelling and bruising of the area inside and outside of your mouth,
- For those who are in a lot of pain, prescription pain medication may be required,
- With each passing day after the extraction, the need for medication should decrease.
After the procedure, your dentist or oral surgeon will offer you information on how to care for yourself.
Following-up care may include:
- Certain foods should be avoided.
- Specific cleaning instructions
- During the healing phase, you should stick to an antibiotic regimen.
How Much does it Cost to Get Wisdom Teeth Removed in Las Vegas?
The cost of wisdom tooth removal in Las Vegas can vary depending on various factors such as the method of anesthetic or sedation used, and whether a surgical extraction is needed.
A simple extraction can cost up to around $200, while a wisdom tooth with additional complications such as impaction with bone can cost up to around $500 per tooth.
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What Foods Should I Eat After Having Wisdom Teeth Removed?
After a wisdom tooth extraction, you should stick to soft foods until the area has healed. It is important to maintain a nutritious diet, however, as this will aid the healing process.
Blended soups are an ideal solution, as they provide plenty of vitamins and minerals, and enable you to eat vegetables without hard foods that may irritate or get lodged in the area of the surgery. Smoothies are great for the same reasons. Greek yogurt can also provide a great source of protein.
How Much Time off Do you Need for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Wisdom tooth removal can cause a swollen mouth and cheeks for up to 2 weeks, and a stiff, sore jaw for more than a week. Most people take 1 to 3 days off work after a wisdom tooth extraction, however, you may need more after a more complicated procedure.
Can I Go to Work the Next Day After Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Returning to work the next day after a wisdom tooth extraction is not recommended. Resting will help your body heal faster. Strenuous activity, exercise, or even excessive talking, can also interfere with the healing process in the first few days.
Do you Need Someone to Stay With you after Wisdom Teeth Removal?
If you opt for a local anesthetic during the procedure, you will be okay to drive straight after the procedure. However, if your dentist uses a sedative you will not be able to drive for 24 hours, so you will need to have someone with you. After a general anesthetic, you should wait 48 hours before driving again.
How Do you Prepare for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
In the lead up to having wisdom teeth removed, make sure you stick to the following rules:
- No eating or drinking after midnight before surgery. This can create serious risks if you receive sedation or general anesthetic
- Do not smoke for at least 12 hours before surgery.
- Stock up on soft foods like soups and smoothies
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