Are My Wisdom Teeth An Emergency Issue?

If you were speaking with our team about wisdom tooth extraction before the quarantines were set in place for COVID-19, or you worry about the possible eruption of your third molars, then you should contact your El Paso, TX, dentists. Addressing your wisdom teeth is an emergency issue, and we can help preserve the health and beauty of your smile.

Our Approach to Emergency Dental Care

We have two different locations in the El Paso community, and we’re currently open for emergency treatments only. When patients come to us, we will make sure they do not share the waiting room with other people to protect health and safety. Our team is also wearing gloves and masks, and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces commonly touched throughout the office in between each patient visit. Along with wisdom teeth, other dental emergencies we address include severe pain due to untreated cavities or infection, objects caught between the teeth that floss cannot remove, loose or lost fillings and crowns, or a broken, chipped, or cracked tooth. All of these issues could lead to severe complications unless treated in a timely manner, so don’t ignore these concerns, contact our team to set up a time to visit.

The Dangers of Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are up to four additional teeth that erupt in our late teens and early 20s. When they arrive, they could lead to misalignment, or they could only partially erupt, causing a painful impaction that damages teeth or causes infection. To avoid these complications, we simply remove the teeth carefully and safely before they have the chance to erupt. If we already scheduled a time to do this, we can continue with the treatment. If you have worries about your third molars, give us a call to talk to our team and see if you do indeed need an emergency visit to extract these teeth.


We start by administering a local anesthetic and possibly sedation to ensure you enter a calm and relaxed state. Next, we open the area of the gums above these teeth so we can success and gently remove them. We then suture the area closed. A friend or family member will likely need to take you home, as the sedation may take time to wear off. At home, you will follow instructions for taking medication, eating, and drinking. We suggest avoiding straws and not prodding the area with your tongue. In a follow-up visit, we will remove the sutures.


At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, our team is here to help you maintain a whole and healthy smile with emergency care. To learn more about the extraction process, then contact your El Paso, TX, dentists at Sunny Smiles on Dyer Street by calling 915-859-7000.