While some people have no problems with their third molars, most of the time there is not enough space for them to grow in fully. Without enough space, they can become impacted (trapped beneath the gums) or cause damage to your adjacent molars, which is why most dental professionals recommend having them evaluated and removed early before they cause any complications.
Benefits of Removal
There is no need to remove the molars if they are growing in normally, but the absence of discomfort or other symptoms does not mean that there are not problems. An X-ray evaluation at our office in Henderson, NV, can reveal that your molars are growing in crooked or threatening the position of your healthy teeth, even before they emerge through the gums.
Having the molars evaluated and removed as soon as possible is a good idea for many reasons:
- Early removal makes recovery quicker and less complicated.
- When there is not adequate space in the jaw, removal prevents your front teeth from shifting or being crowded together.
- It prevents infection, impaction, cysts, tumors, and other complications associated with wisdom teeth, preserving the health of your surrounding teeth and gums.
- It prevents discomfort and pain later on.
Even if your third molars have fully developed, it’s a good idea to have them removed if they are threatening your oral health. Our oral surgeon has years of experience with removal, and he will be happy to help you determine whether or not you need to have yours removed.
The Procedure Process
Before your procedure, you will have a consultation with your oral surgeon where you will learn about your procedure, anesthesia options, and aftercare instructions. We will take additional scans or X-rays during your consultation if needed. You will be able to ask questions and learn more about your condition during this appointment.
First, your oral surgeon will administer your anesthetic. Most patients undergo IV anesthesia, allowing them to sleep comfortably throughout the procedure. Next, your surgeon will lift the gum tissue or bone in the path of the tooth. If your tooth is larger or harder to remove, your surgeon may break the tooth into smaller pieces before removing it. After removing your molars, your surgeon will suture the surgical sites, and you will rest until your anesthesia wears off. The entire procedure usually takes less than two hours, and your responsible driver will drive you home once you are ready.
You will be given a full set of post-operative instructions before your surgery. Gauze packs applied with light pressure can be used to stop any bleeding, and ice packs can help control swelling during the first couple of days. The extraction sites won’t heal fully until after a week or two, but patients can typically start eating more substantial foods and return to their normal schedules after just a few days.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Henderson, NV
Dr. Steve Huang at Henderson Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center is an expert at extracting third molars. If you or your child is in need of removal in the Las Vegas, NV, area, contact our office in Henderson, NV, for more information. One of our staff members will be happy to help you.