When Should You Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth can lead to serious trouble for your smile, impacting both the appearance and health of your smile. In order to avoid these problems, we urge people to have them removed, preferably before they even erupt. In today’s blog, your El Paso, TX, dentists explain how we remove wisdom teeth and ensure a healthy smile.

The Risks of Untreated Wisdom Tooth Eruption

Also known as third molars, these additional teeth typically arrive in a person’s late teens and early 20s. When they arrive, this could potentially lead to a partial eruption known as impaction, which could be very painful. In addition, this could lead to dental misalignment, infection, damage to nearby teeth, and major discomfort. To prevent these negative impacts on your smile’s alignment, health, function, and beauty, we recommend removing them prior to eruption.

The Removal Process

First, we will administer a local anesthetic to the area around the tooth and then offer sedation to ensure you remain relaxed and comfortable throughout the treatment process. We will then open the area above the gums and gently remove the teeth with forceps. We next suture the area closed. A friend or a member of your family can bring you home, as the sedation will take time to wear off. We will also provide detailed aftercare instructions.


At home, you should only consume soft foods for the first day or two. Avoid using straws and don’t prod the extraction site with your tongue. We will provide an antibiotic prescription and schedule a follow-up visit to monitor the extraction site and remove the sutures. Our team will work hard to ensure you enjoy a healing process free of complications. In addition to addressing wisdom teeth, dental extraction can help remove severely infected teeth, damaged teeth, or teeth loosened by gum disease. For those with misalignment, we can often remove a tooth to make room to reposition the others. If you’re concerned about a potential gap in your smile, remember that for cases in which we remove a damaged or decayed tooth, we can replace them with a bridge or possibly an advanced dental implant. If you have any questions about third molars and dental extraction, then please contact our team today.


At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, we can remove wisdom teeth before they can out your smile in danger! Our team can also address other restorative issues and if need be, replace missing teeth to ensure you enjoy a full and functional smile. If you have questions about tooth extraction or any of our other restorative treatment options, then you can contact our N. Zaragoza dental practice by calling 915-849-9000.