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8228 Louisiana Blvd., Ste. B
Albuquerque, NM 87113

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Welcome to Rio Grande Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center!

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Our state-of-the-art facility can accommodate any oral surgery procedure you may need to restore your smile, from placement of dental implants to wisdom teeth removal, full-arch restoration procedures and other advanced treatments.

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Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Albuquerque, NM

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?

  • Known as the third molars, or the last teeth to emerge
  • Located in the very back of the mouth
  • The lack of space in modern day's smaller jaws leads to wisdom teeth crowding other teeth

Are Wisdom Teeth Always Extracted?

  • Evaluating wisdom teeth and the amount of space in one's mouth is key to good dental care
  • If one's wisdom teeth are straight, not impacted and there's room in one's mouth, no need to remove them
  • Non-extracted, problematic wisdom teeth tend to cause dental issues that worsen over time with longer healing periods

How Are Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

  • Local anesthetic or both IV sedation and general anesthesia are offered at our office
  • A small incision is made in the gum tissue, removing any bone that is covering the tooth
  • Dental forceps are then used to gently pull the tooth out

Frequently Asked Questions

What to expect after the wisdom tooth removal procedure?

You may experience mild swelling, bleeding, and facial bruising - all of which should resolve in a day or two. Take antibiotics or pain medications as directed if prescribed by your doctor. Within 72 hours, you should be able to return to work or school

What can I eat after having my wisdom teeth removed?

Foods such as: blended soups and broths, blended yogurts, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, applesauce or mashed bananas, ice cream and smoothies, and jello/puddings

How soon can you eat after you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed?

It’s safe to eat soft foods about 24 - 48 hours after wisdom tooth removal. In the first 24 - 28 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?

Make sure to sleep with your head elevated the first few nights following the wisdom tooth removal. If you sleep on your side, a single pillow is all you need

If you need wisdom teeth removal or would like additional information, please give us a call at Rio Grande Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center!

Call Us: 505-821-2111
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