Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Albuquerque, NM
Rio Grande Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center provides wisdom teeth extraction services in Albuquerque, NM. Call 505-821-2111 to schedule your first appointment.
Wisdom teeth are the most likely of all the teeth to develop problems, so they should be evaluated in the mid to late teens. Early evaluation, with removal if indicated, can help to protect you against future oral health problems.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth, clinically known as the third molars, are the last teeth to emerge. Located in the very back of the mouth, they were vital to our ancestors, for whom raw plants made up a significant portion of their diet. Today’s eating patterns make wisdom teeth the least needed for chewing, and modern, smaller jaws often do not have room for them. Wisdom teeth are prone to impaction, twisting, shifting, and crowding the other teeth.
Are Wisdom Teeth Always Extracted?
For a long time, wisdom teeth extractions were a rite of passage. Today, though, your primary dentist will carefully evaluate them. If your wisdom teeth are straight and not impacted, and there is room for them in your mouth, there is no need to remove them. However, problematic wisdom teeth should be extracted as soon as possible. They tend to cause worsening issues over time, and healing from the extractions becomes more difficult later in life.
How Are Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
Although it is often feared, wisdom teeth extraction is relatively simple. Your mouth will be thoroughly numbed with a local anesthetic, and we offer both IV sedation and general anesthesia if you desire.
We will first cut a small incision in the gum tissue and then remove any bone that is covering the tooth. We will then use dental forceps to gently pull it out. We may need to cut the tooth into pieces to make removal easier, and you might need dental sutures to control bleeding. We can remove all your wisdom teeth in a single procedure.
What to Expect Afterward
Modern technology and surgical techniques ensure that recovery is relatively uneventful. You may experience mild swelling, bleeding, and facial bruising, which should resolve in a day or two. If we prescribe antibiotics or pain medications, take them as directed even if you are not hurting. It is much easier to stay ahead of potential pain than to fight it.
We will provide detailed instructions regarding eating, drinking, smoking, and oral hygiene. If you follow them carefully, you should be able to return to work or school within 72 hours. If you experience any unusual symptoms or you have any concerns, please call us immediately.
Call Rio Grande Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center today at 505-821-2111 to schedule your first appointment.