Tooth extractions might seem scary, but they are one of the most routine oral surgery procedures out there, and they are an extremely safe and relatively painless treatment to undergo. At The Center for Oral Surgery Las Vegas we not only handle tooth extractions and wisdom teeth in Las Vegas, but we also streamline your experience, using state-of-the-art technology and personalized care. Almost everyone will need to undergo a tooth extraction when they get their wisdom teeth out, but a tooth can be extracted for many different reasons. Here is what to expect with this routine procedure.
Teeth may need extraction for a variety of reasons and require slightly different treatment. Below are some of the reasons you may need a tooth extraction.
As a teenager or young adult, the wisdom teeth at the very back of the mouth start to come in and can put very painful pressure on the rest of the teeth. Without treatment, the erupting wisdom teeth can cause teeth to become crowded leading to malocclusion and orthodontic problems that are very difficult to correct.
Sometimes a tooth or teeth need to be removed as part of an orthodontic treatment plan, to make room for the other teeth and allow them to move into a better position and straighten out. This is especially true with crossbites or overcrowding.
A tooth will be removed if it is too damaged to repair, or if it has been destroyed by an infection like gum disease. Often the removal of the affected tooth will make any underlying issue easier to treat, and the missing tooth can be replaced with an implant or bridge.
Teeth are removed by an oral surgeon or dentist and require local, general, or intravenous anesthesia depending on the position of the tooth. Wisdom teeth, partially erupted or embedded teeth and impacted teeth will require a more involved surgery, while other extractions are very quick and minimally invasive.
Healing time is usually between one and two weeks for tooth extraction. The doctor will prescribe medication to reduce pain and provide instructions on what foods are okay to eat during recovery. Keeping the blood clot in place at the extraction site is of the utmost importance to prevent dry sockets.
If you or a family member requires tooth extraction, you can trust The Center for Oral Surgery Las Vegas to provide convenient and comprehensive care. Contact us or call today at (702) 367-6666 to get started.