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What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Third molars often develop between the ages of 17 and 21. Also called wisdom teeth, they grow at the back of the mouth and should be removed to avoid complications.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Safe and Comfortable Wisdom Teeth Removal

At Canyon Oral & Facial Surgery Dental Implant Experts, we prioritize the health and safety of every patient. In order to ensure our patients are comfortable, we offer a variety of anesthesia and sedation options for any procedure. This ensures a smooth, comfortable surgical experience performed by a team of experts you can trust.

For a wisdom tooth removal surgery, patients often undergo IV sedation. This type of anesthesia will put you into a sleep-like state where you will not feel pain. You will be semi-conscious and able to answer questions asked by your surgeon. When the sedation wears off, you will wake up with no memory of the procedure.

IV sedation and general anesthesia are different. General anesthesia is reserved for complex surgical procedures, such as corrective jaw surgery or treatment for facial trauma. General anesthesia renders the patient completely unconscious and is often administered in a surgical suite or hospital.

Following your procedure, we provide detailed instructions to guide you through recovery. This includes how to practice good oral hygiene and care for your surgical sites. Should a dry socket occur, which is where the blood clot becomes dislodged, our team will see you promptly to alleviate discomfort and aid healing.

Wisdom teeth removal is a commonly performed procedure at both of our offices in Las Vegas, NV. If you or your child need to have wisdom teeth evaluated or extracted, please contact our offices to schedule an appointment.

Why Should I Go to an Oral Surgeon for Wisdom Tooth Removal?

Oral surgeons are the only dental professionals qualified to administer all forms of anesthesia. A general dentist can begin practicing immediately after dental school. An oral surgeon, however, must complete 4 to 6 additional years of training. This includes learning how to administer anesthesia safely, monitor patients, and perform various surgeries in a hospital setting.

In addition to their training, Dr. Jesse Falk and Dr. Michael Moody are board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS). This elite status is only given to oral surgeons who complete a peer evaluation process and demonstrate adequate knowledge and training.

It's important to attend checkups with your general dentist who is trained to detect wisdom teeth when they start to develop. Once it's time to have them extracted, your dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon. A dentist or oral surgeon can evaluate your wisdom teeth, but oral surgeons are the experts who specialize in extracting them.

Why Have Wisdom Teeth Removed?

The average mouth simply does not have enough room for an extra set of molars. Many dental professionals recommend having these teeth extracted before they cause issues. It’s rare for a wisdom tooth to erupt through the gum without causing any complications. As these teeth erupt, they often push against other teeth and cause pain or pressure.

This procedure is recommended for younger patients because the teeth are not yet fully developed. Younger patients tend to have easier surgeries and faster recoveries. However, you can have wisdom teeth removed at any age.

Sometimes, a wisdom tooth grows at an angle and becomes trapped beneath the gum tissue. When this happens, the partially erupted tooth is considered to be impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth require surgical intervention because they pose a greater threat to nearby teeth and tissue.

Wisdom teeth have very large roots, which can grow toward the roots of other teeth or nearby nerves. Additionally, an impacted tooth is difficult to clean properly, leading to infections. A severe infection can spread to other teeth or gums, causing gum disease or tooth decay.

If left untreated, wisdom teeth can cause a number of oral health complications including:

To avoid these issues, have your wisdom teeth extracted by our expert oral surgeons in Las Vegas. Even if you are not experiencing pain, your wisdom teeth could still be developing and cause issues in the future. For an evaluation, contact our Centennial Hills or Summerlin office today.

Find Us in Las Vegas, Nevada

Canyon Oral & Facial Surgery Dental Implant Experts has two offices located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our Centennial Hills office is on the northwestern side of the city and our Summerlin office is on the west side near Spring Valley. We proudly serve patients in Las Vegas and nearby areas, including:

Centennial Hills Office

6200 N Durango Dr, Suite 100
Mon–Thu: 8:00 AM–4:00 PM
Fri: 8:00 AM–1:00 PM
(702) 660-5574
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  • Winchester
  • Paradise
  • North Las Vegas
  • Sunrise Manor
  • Las Vegas

Summerlin Office

3635 S Town Center Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89135
Mon–Thu: 8:00 AM–4:00 PM
Fri: 8:00 AM–1:00 PM
(702) 660-5576
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  • Henderson
  • Summerlin South
  • Spring Valley
  • Enterprise
  • Boulder City