Reno Tooth Extractions

If good oral hygiene is not practiced regularly there is a chance you’ll need a Reno tooth extraction.

Losing a single tooth can have a major effect on your oral health and appearance. Reno dentists try everything they can to avoid a tooth loss, but sometimes tooth extractions are the safer option. Our team of Reno, Nevada dental associates are happy to consult with you on whether an extraction may be the best option.

Tooth Extractions

A tooth extraction may be necessary if you have:

  • Malpositioned teeth
  • Fractured teeth or roots
  • Impacted teeth
  • Severe decay
  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Infection or abscess
  • Orthodontic correction

If you believe you may require a tooth extraction, call us to schedule an examination appointment. One of our dentists then will be able to assess what the ideal treatment plan is.

After you come in for an examination, our Reno dentist may recommend a tooth extraction. If an extraction is suggested, the dentist will perform an x-ray to understand the shape and position of the tooth extraction area. Then, depending on the degree of difficulty, you may be referred to an oral surgeon.

Expect a certain level of pain and discomfort after the tooth has been extracted. Ice packs and pain killers should be applied to minimize discomfort. Make sure to apply ice about every 15 minutes. After the Reno tooth extraction procedure, if you’ve followed the care routine, the pain should subside within two weeks. If your tooth extraction continues to hurt, swell, bleed, or cause a fever, contact Reno Dental Associates immediately.

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Wisdom Tooth Extractions

Most people need their wisdom teeth extracted at some point in life. Wisdom teeth are also known as the “third molars.” They grow and develop in the back of your jaw, top to bottom. Expect wisdom teeth to begin emerging in the mouth between ages 16 to 20.

Why do we have wisdom teeth? When your mouth is properly positioned and healthy, wisdom teeth can be a valuable asset. Yet, problems often develop that need for an extraction. Usually this becomes a problem because the jaw is not large enough to fit in the last set, causing misaligned or crooked teeth. In fairly normal cases wisdom teeth may grow sideways, emerging only halfway past the gum. In other cases, the tooth may be trapped under the gum.

A wisdom tooth extraction is a relatively safe and routine procedure. Expect the dentist to numb your mouth with local anesthesia or use IV sedation to put you to sleep.

After the wisdom tooth is extracted, you’ll be asked to bite down on gauze for 30 to 45 minutes after finishing the extraction. The gauze will help limit the bleeding. Pain and swelling may occur, but will subside after a few days. If it causes severe pain, fever, swelling or bleeding for longer than expected, come in to see our Nevada dental associates.