Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Albuquerque, NM
If you’re looking for wisdom teeth extraction services in Albuquerque, NM, we’re ready to help at Rio Grande Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center. Just give us a call at 505-821-2111 to schedule your first appointment.
We understand that wisdom teeth are the most likely teeth to develop problems, so they should be evaluated in the mid to late teens. Why? Because early evaluation can help protect you from any future oral health problems or emergencies, and allow a simpler process for removal if indicated than should an emergency extraction be necessary.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Clinically known as the third molars, wisdom teeth are the last teeth to emerge. Located in the very back of the mouth, they were vital to our ancestors, when raw plants made up a significant portion of their diet. Today’s eating patterns make wisdom teeth the least necessary for chewing, and as humankind has evolved, our modern, smaller jaws often do not have room for them. So because of that lack of space, wisdom teeth are prone to impaction, twisting, shifting, and crowding the other teeth.
Are Wisdom Teeth Always Extracted?
For many years, removing wisdom teeth with extraction was an expected rite of passage for teens and young adults. But today, evaluating your wisdom teeth and the amount of space in your mouth is key to good dental care.
The first step is a careful evaluation by your primary dentist. 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. But any problematic wisdom teeth should be extracted as soon as possible. Why? Because they tend to cause dental issues that worsen over time, and healing from the extractions often becomes more difficult later in life.
How Are Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
Extracting wisdom teeth is a relatively simple process. Although it’s common for patients needing extraction to worry about the procedure, there’s no need to do so. Your mouth will be thoroughly numbed with a local anesthetic, and we offer both IV sedation and general anesthesia, whichever you would prefer for the procedure.
Then, we first make a small incision in the gum tissue and remove any bone that is covering the tooth. Next, we’ll use dental forceps to gently pull it out. We may need to cut the tooth into pieces to make removal easier, and you might require a few dental sutures to control bleeding. In any case, we can remove all your wisdom teeth in a single procedure.
What to Expect Afterward
Modern technology and surgical techniques mean that your recovery should be essentially uneventful. You may experience mild swelling, bleeding, and facial bruising, all of which should resolve in a day or two. If we prescribe antibiotics or pain medications, take them as directed. In the case of antibiotics, you’ll prevent any possibility of infection; and, taking pain medication as directed, even if you’re not feeling any hurt or discomfort, makes it much easier to stay ahead of any potential pain, instead of battling it.
Our office will also provide detailed instructions for you about eating, drinking, smoking, and oral hygiene. Just follow them carefully, and you should be able to return to work or school within 72 hours. And of course, If you experience any unusual symptoms or you have any concerns, we’re ready to help – please call us immediately.
So, if you need wisdom teeth removal, give us a call at Rio Grande Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center today, at 505-821-2111, to schedule your first appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I eat after having my wisdom teeth removed?
While our office will provide you with a detailed list of instructions on do’s and don’ts following surgery, typically, foods such as:
- Blended soups and broths
- Blended yogurt
- Mashed potatoes
- Scrambled eggs
- Applesauce or mashed bananas
- Ice cream and smoothies
- Jello and puddings
How soon can you eat after you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed?
It’s safe to eat soft foods about 24 to 48 hours after wisdom teeth removal. In the first 24 to 48 hours, it’s best to only consume smooth soup and juice.
Do I need to sleep differently after I’ve had my wisdom teeth removed?
Just make sure to sleep with your head elevated the first few nights. A single pillow is all you need if you sleep on your side. But, if you feel like you need more support, just pile on a few pillows for extra support.