Wisdom Tooth Extractions – Albuquerque, NM

Safe & Easy
Wisdom Tooth Removal

The third molars, better known as the wisdom teeth, usually start to come in around the ages of 17-22. For many people, this happens with no issue, but for most, these teeth end up causing a lot of problems. If you or your child are experiencing pain, swelling, or cavities due to the wisdom teeth, Nob Hill Oral & Facial Surgery of Albuquerque can quickly and comfortably take care of them, just like we have for thousands of other patients. To schedule wisdom tooth extractions in our Albuquerque, NM oral surgery office, contact us today.

Why Choose Nob Hill Oral and Facial Surgery of Albuquerque for Wisdom Tooth Extractions?

  • Team Led by 2 Experienced Oral Surgeons
  • Owned & Operated
    by Albuquerque
    Natives
  • Multiple Methods of Dental Sedation Available

Indications for
Wisdom Tooth Removal

If you or your child are experiencing any of the following symptoms, then it’s time to talk with us about having the wisdom teeth extracted:

  • Persistent, dull pain toward the back of the mouth
  • Numbness at the back of the mouth
  • Pressure felt on the back teeth
  • A change in the way the bite comes together
  • Difficulty cleaning the back teeth
  • A flap of gum tissue that is trapping food
  • Cysts or other growths around the wisdom teeth
Man with impacted wisdom tooth holding jaw in pain

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

It’s very common for the wisdom teeth to become stuck, or impacted, while they are trying to come in. This is because most people do not have enough space in their mouth for these teeth, and they end up pressing against the back molars. Not only is this uncomfortable, but it can even shift the teeth in a way that misaligns the bite, potentially leading to TMJ issues and even headaches.

Animated smile with impacted wisdom tooth

How Wisdom Tooth Removal Works

The first thing our team will do is take an X-ray of a patient’s mouth so we can assess the position of their wisdom teeth. If we determine that they will cause significant problems in the future (if they are not already), we will recommend that they be removed. This involves a minor surgical procedure in which a patient is anesthetized, sedated, and a small amount of gum and bone tissue is removed so we can access a tooth. From there, the tooth is gently broken apart and removed in pieces, as this allows us to make the smallest incision possible to help shorten recovery time.

Young woman with healthy smile after wisdom tooth removal

Aftercare for
Wisdom Tooth Extraction

You’ll likely be prescribed pain medication after your wisdom tooth procedure, and taking it as directed will help you largely avoid any initial pain and soreness. Some swelling is expected, and you’ll need to regularly change out the dressing over the surgery site(s) to slow down and stop the bleeding. To help speed up the recovery process, we recommend NOT smoking, using a straw, or spitting for the first 24 hours. We also advise patients to stick to a soft food diet for the first few days so it’s more comfortable to eat while their mouth heals.

Young man looking at smile after wisdom tooth extraction