Wisdom teeth (third molar) removal is routinely performed as a preventive procedure to avoid problems typically associated with their growth. As the last set of molars to develop, third molars are considered extra teeth that do not contribute much to your overall bite. The average mouth is too small to accommodate their growth, making it easier to remove them. In addition, these molars are known to cause infection, root damage, overcrowding, and other serious problems when they develop incorrectly are not removed. Fortunately, Dr. Heiner can remove your molars at any of our practice locations, including our office in Las Cruces, NM.
Signs Your Molars Need to Be Removed
Attending regular checkups with your primary dentist will allow them to track the growth. They are trained to detect signs of molar development, even if you aren’t experiencing pain or other symptoms, and they can take X-rays to determine their exact position. Once they have identified their presence, they can refer you to our oral surgery office in Las Cruces, NM.
Some of the most common issues people have with their wisdom teeth include
- Damage to neighboring molars and their roots
- Dental crowding
- Cysts or tumors
- Infection of the tissue surrounding the wisdom teeth
If you think your molars need to be removed or if your dentist has referred you to our office, please feel free to contact us to schedule an oral consultation appointment.
Extractions are some of the most commonly performed oral surgery procedures. With so many inconsistencies surrounding third molars and their growth, our oral surgeon highly recommends that removal happens early; however, the teeth can be removed at any age. Your specific treatment will depend on your age, the number of molars you need to have removed and their positions, and more. Your extraction plan will be developed when you visit our office in Las Cruces, NM, for a consultation visit. After Dr. Heiner has examined your health and medical history, he can decide on the best course of action for removal.
Dr. Heiner will discuss all your options for treatment and sedation with you and help you decide what’s best for your needs. When you come back for your surgical appointment, the removal process will typically only take 15 minutes to an hour. Most patients undergo IV sedation for the procedure, allowing them to rest peacefully until the process is over. Dr. Heiner will safely remove your wisdom teeth, sometimes breaking them into smaller pieces to make the process easier. You will be sent home to recover, and you can return to your normal routine in just a few days.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions in Las Cruces, NM
Our practice in Las Cruces, NM, is fully equipped with state-of-the-art surgical tools that can be used to extract wisdom teeth at any development stage. In addition, Dr. Heiner and our staff work closely together to provide you with the highest quality care possible. If you need to be examined by an oral surgeon to determine your need for extractions, we encourage you to contact our office. Our friendly team is always willing to help you schedule a consultation.