If you need your wisdom teeth removed, Dr. Bryce Heiner can safely perform your procedure at our office in Alamogordo, NM. Wisdom teeth begin developing around the age of 12 and reach full growth by a patient’s early 20s. However, many people’s jaws are too small for wisdom teeth to fully develop without becoming impacted and causing more serious health problems.
If you think your wisdom teeth require removal or you have been referred to our office by your dentist, our staff is prepared to answer your questions and concerns during a wisdom teeth consultation, and our oral surgeon will work with you to decide on an appropriate treatment plan.
Why do wisdom teeth require extraction?
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars; they are located at the back of the mouth on both sides of the upper and lower jaws. By the time the wisdom teeth begin development, there typically isn’t enough room left in the mouth for them to grow into their proper position. When wisdom teeth lack the needed space, they tend to grow into a harmful position, which can cause one or more of the following problems:
- Dental crowding
- Development of tumors and cysts
- Infection of the surrounding gums and tissue
- Damage to nearby teeth
Fortunately, the more diligent you are about visiting your dentist for routine checkups, the less likely these conditions are to occur. Your dentist is trained to look for signs of wisdom teeth growth, and they can take X-rays to evaluate their position. If your dentist determines your wisdom teeth are ready to be removed, he or she will refer you to our office. When you come to our office for your consultation, Dr. Heiner can consult with you on your current oral health, the wisdom teeth removal procedure, and your overall treatment plan.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedures
The plan for your wisdom teeth removal will be tailored to your specific needs. Wisdom teeth growth is very inconsistent — some patients develop four wisdom teeth, but others may develop less or even more. With such variation surrounding wisdom teeth, our practice works hard to ensure that your treatment considers your specific condition and preferences.
For patients whose wisdom teeth have grown in completely, they can often be removed like any other teeth with simple local anesthesia to numb pain. However, for younger patients whose wisdom teeth remain impacted in the gums, the procedure is more involved and typically requires a more serious form of sedation. When you visit our office for your consultation, Dr. Heiner will discuss all your sedation options with you and explain the best plan for removal.
When you come to the office for your removal procedure, our team will make sure that you are completely comfortable before proceeding. Once you have been administered your chosen form of anesthesia, Dr. Heiner will carefully remove the wisdom teeth from their sockets and stitch up your gums. After a few days of healing, you will be back to your regular routine.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Alamogordo, NM
Our Oral & Facial Surgery of New Mexico office in Alamogordo, NM, is one of three convenient locations. Dr. Heiner’s primary focus is making sure your wisdom teeth removal experience is comfortable and easy. Both Dr. Heiner and our surgical team are highly trained in teeth extractions and can ensure you receive the best quality care at our office. For more information regarding the extraction of wisdom teeth, please feel free to call our practice.