Just Wisdom Teeth

Take care of those wisdom teeth with Just Wisdom Teeth. We offer affordable wisdom tooth removal serving Las Cruces, New Mexico, and surrounding communities.

Simple Pricing

We believe in proper patient care, fair pricing, and transparency. Our pricing is all-inclusive, without any hidden fees.

– No Referral Required –

– NOW Accepting Insurance –

What to expect at your appointment

Our mission is to provide a safe, efficient, and affordable option to remove wisdom teeth.

Once your appointment is scheduled, you must complete your new patient paperwork and medical history. This is required no less than 72 hours prior to your appointment date. You can choose to have a consultation only or both a consultation and surgery on the same day. It’s important to have your paperwork filled out beforehand so that we can provide the most efficient treatment possible.

After you’ve been greeted and paid, you will be taken to the treatment area. A special X-ray called a CBCT radiograph will be taken to evaluate your wisdom teeth, and the doctor will be available to answer any questions you have.

If you prefer to have conscious IV sedation, it’s important that you haven’t eaten anything for the past 8 hours. We will start an IV and give you sedatives before applying the local anesthetic.

Once the surgery is completed, you will be discharged to the person taking care of you after meeting certain criteria for discharge.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are widsom teeth?

Third Molars or more commonly known as “wisdom teeth” are generally the last teeth to develop and erupt into the mouth. This usually occurs around 18 years of age. These teeth can cause problems regardless if they are fully in the mouth or impacted.

How are wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth removals have varying degrees of difficulty and complexity.

 The simplest removals require little to no manipulation of the gums and bone and have the least amount of recovery time, swelling, and discomfort. More complicated removals require manipulation of the gums and bone in order to create space to cut the tooth into pieces so that it may be removed. More complicated removals have longer recovery time, more swelling, and more discomfort.

Why is my Dentist recommending that I have my wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth are removed most frequently due to the following reasons:

  • Periodontitis (inflammation of the tissue around teeth leading to bone loss) around the wisdom teeth or adjacent teeth
  • Pericoronitis (painful inflammation and often infected tissue covering an erupting or partially erupted wisdom teeth
  • Tooth decay of the partially erupted wisdom tooth and/or adjacent tooth
  • Orthodontic treatment issues
  • Prevention of cysts, tumors, or malignancy
  • Root resorption of the adjacent tooth/teeth
  • Complications with future oral prosthetics
  • Prevention of jaw fractures
  • Managing unexplained pain.

Do I have to have the IV sedation?

No, you don’t have to have IV sedation. We offer surgery with only local anesthesia (just the shots), nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation (take a pill to help you chill), and IV sedation. We have many options.

Can I be completely knocked out I don't want to remember anything?

Sedation is a sliding scale where on one end, you are fully awake and sober, much like you are right now reading this, and on the other end, you are in a hospital connected to a machine that breathes for you. The IV sedation that we can safely provide for you allows you to continue to breathe on your own and follow simple instructions. The medications we place in your IV help you to forget the procedure.

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Do you take MY insurance?

We are not contracted with any insurance companies but will file your insurance for you as a courtesy.  Your insurance company will reimburse you directly if this procedure is a covered benefit. Under certain circumstances, we may be able to bill your medical insurance for one or more teeth, and they will reimburse you as well. We are fee-for-service and require payment in full at the time services are rendered.

How can a wisdom tooth cause periodontitis?

Periodontitis is chronic inflammation that occurs in the tissues surrounding teeth that is caused by your body’s response to bacteria; if left untreated will likely lead to bone loss in that area. This can occur at the wisdom tooth itself or an adjacent tooth and could result in the loss of the adjacent tooth if left untreated.

Chronic periodontitis caused an abscess in the adjacent tooth requiring a root canal.

The periodontal abscess caused by the impacted wisdom tooth has been treated with a root canal and crown.

What is pericoronitis?

Pericoronitis is an inflammatory response of the tissue overlying an erupting or partially erupted wisdom tooth that is similar to periodontitis but can be extremely painful. Severe cases of pericoronitis can often require the use of oral antibiotics to help alleviate symptoms. Pericoronitis can be recurrent, which means that it can “come and go” and often increases with age. Medical insurance will often cover the removal of a wisdom tooth that has pericoronitis.

How can a wisdom tooth cause tooth decay?

Tooth decay is a result of bacterial metabolism from within a mature bacterial biofilm on the tooth surface. Partially impacted wisdom teeth can create very difficult-to-clean areas of the mouth where normal flossing and toothbrushing are not able to clean effectively. These areas can exist on the wisdom tooth itself or an adjacent tooth. Because of the location of the wisdom tooth in the mouth, it’s very difficult for the restorative dentist to diagnose and fix these areas of decay.

 

 

Impacted wisdom tooth causing major damage to the adjacent tooth.

Decay is shown in red circles.

Can a wisdom tooth cause problems with my orthodontic treatment?

In the past, pressure from impacted wisdom teeth was thought to contribute to the crowding of lower anterior teeth. This issue is still somewhat debated today. Regardless, your orthodontist may recommend that you have your wisdom teeth removed to help stabilize your post-orthodontically treated teeth for the long term.

In some situations, impacted or erupted wisdom teeth can prevent the orthodontist from performing certain tooth movements that are necessary for optimal treatment results.

Early removal of wisdom teeth can also help aid in the quality and quantity of bone if orthognathic is required. The presence of wisdom teeth will require much more advanced planning of the orthognathic surgery if it is to be performed due to the need to have mature bone in the surgical sites.

I heard that impacted wisdom teeth can cause cancer. Is this true?

The follicular sac, which is the tissue responsible for the eruption and formation of the wisdom tooth, can undergo changes that form a tumor or a cyst. This can be anywhere between 1-3% of impacted molars. Tumors and cysts can sometimes require serious surgical intervention to treat or cause the loss of additional teeth.

Instances of malignancy in relation to an impacted wisdom tooth are extremely rare but can occur.

Follicular Sac pathology

What is root resorption?

The follicular sac that is responsible for tooth eruption and formation may begin to resorb (eat away) the roots of the tooth it’s impacted against. This will compromise the root and long-term prognosis of that tooth, leading to the need for endodontic or restorative treatment or even loss of the tooth.

Root resorption caused by impacted wisdom tooth

How can a wisdom tooth cause complications with dentures or partial dentures?

Over time, some people will lose one or more teeth that they choose to replace with an oral prosthetic such as a denture or partial denture. Wisdom teeth that are impacted may create problems with that denture/partial denture by either causing gum pain in instances where the denture/partial denture pushes on the gum over the impaction or problems with the denture/partial denture stability that are caused by designing them in certain ways to avoid the underlying impacted tooth.

How could removing my wisdom teeth help to prevent jaw fractures?

Contact sports such as football, soccer, martial arts, or any other activity where there is potential for forceful contact to the lower jaw should consider removing impacted wisdom teeth as they cause lower resistance to fracture in the area they are located. The resistance to fracture is also lowered during the healing phase after wisdom teeth removal. Activities that increase the potential for jaw trauma should not be performed for at least 8 weeks.

Simple Impaction

 Jaw fracture following post surgical sports trauma

I have jaw pain that my dentist cant find the reason why. Will removing my wisdom teeth resolve this issue?

Unexplained jaw pain occurs without clinical or radiographic evidence that there is an issue causing that pain. Unexplained pain can oftentimes but not always be resolved by removing the impacted wisdom tooth/teeth.

Contact us

Call Us

575-339-8663

In the event of an emergency, please call 911.

Email Us

info@mabrydds.com

Our Hours

Monday - Thursday

7AM to 5PM

Friday - Sunday

Emergency Only

Our Location

2701 Missouri Ave

Suite E

Las Cruces, NM 88011

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