Wisdom Teeth Removal in Lehi, UT
Safe and Comfortable Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth or third molars are the last set of molars to develop normally between the ages of 17 and 25. Most people do not have enough room in their mouths to accommodate an extra set of molars, so dentists and oral surgeons recommend early removal to avoid oral health complications. Untreated wisdom teeth can cause dental shifting, infection, tooth decay and more.
If your dentist detects the presence of third molars, he or she will refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for an evaluation. If you experience pain in the back of your mouth due to a suspected wisdom tooth or if you have been referred to us, please contact our office in Lehi, UT, to schedule a consultation with Dr. Harris, Dr. Park, Dr. Brown, Dr. Wood, Dr. Holladay, or Dr. Shiffler. We look forward to meeting you and helping you restore your oral health and function.
Advantages of Wisdom Teeth Removal.
At Utah Surgical Arts, our oral surgeons regularly perform third molar extractions. Having this procedure will protect your oral health and prevent future complications before they even have a chance to appear. It is not uncommon for an untreated wisdom tooth to grow sideways and become trapped underneath the gum. This is called impaction, and an impacted wisdom tooth angled toward your other molars can push nearby teeth out of place, destroy roots, and damage nerves. An impacted tooth is difficult to clean and can also cause cysts and tumors to grow around it.
Having your wisdom teeth extracted at Utah Surgical Arts in Lehi, UT can prevent these complications. When wisdom teeth are left to develop on their own, they can cause the following oral health problems:
- Swelling, stiffness, or sensitivity near the back of the jaws
- Bad breath or an unpleasant taste in the mouth indicating infection
- Irreversible tooth decay or periodontal disease
- Misalignment of healthy teeth or dental crowding
- Increased risk of tumors and cysts
- Bacterial buildup that can lead to cavities
The Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
Your consultation appointment will begin with a thorough examination of your mouth and jaw where your oral surgeon will review your medical history, take 3D CBCT scans, and review your options for anesthesia and sedation. This will also be a time to ask any questions or address any concerns you have about the procedure. Wisdom tooth extraction is often performed using IV sedation, rendering the patient into a sleep-like state without any recollection of the surgery.
Your procedure will begin with your predetermined form of anesthesia and will follow the customized treatment plan designed by your oral surgeon. If you choose to undergo IV sedation, you must have an adult present at the office during surgery and drive you home after. It is important that the adult stay and monitor you for 24 hours until the effects of anesthesia fully wear off.
Exposed teeth can easily be removed using forceps to pull them out. Impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth may need to be broken before they can be completely removed. Any incisions made to the extraction site will be closed with sutures, and you will rest comfortably in our recovery area until you are awake enough to be driven home.
Wisdom Tooth Surgery Cost in Lehi, UT
The cost of having third molars extracted will vary depending on how many teeth you need removed, your choice of anesthesia, and your insurance coverage. We will discuss all of this with you during your initial consultation appointment and provide you with a cost estimate before treatment. At Utah Surgical Arts, we believe that outstanding care should be accessible to all patients, so we work hard to make payment convenient. We accept many forms of payment and insurance plans. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office. One of our staff members will be happy to assist you.
Utah Surgical Arts is approved by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). This accreditation is difficult to obtain and allows our office to function as a hospital and/or surgical center. Since extensive surgeries must be performed in a surgical center, there are many instances where the patient may be unable to undergo surgery due to the high cost of the hospital or surgical center. If your surgery can be performed at Utah Surgical Arts, the cost savings may be significant. Many patients who were unable to have the procedure due to the high cost involved were able to have the procedure performed at Utah Surgical Arts.
Types of Anesthesia
Our surgeons at Utah Surgical Arts offer many anesthesia and sedation options for patients to choose from.
Hear From Wisdom Tooth Removal Patients
These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing wisdom tooth removal at our office.
Reviews From Our Wisdom Tooth Removal Patients
Morgan Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"I’m Morgan. I’m from Provo. I got my wisdom teeth out at Utah Surgical Arts. So, I just had my braces off and to prevent any, like, movement, I had to get my wisdom teeth out. I was so nervous to get my wisdom teeth out, but as soon as I got here, the girls were, like, super nice and friendly and just kind of calmed me down because I was a wreck. Dr. Harris was super nice and comforting, and I think I had a really great experience here because I felt, like, safe. I felt like everything was going to be OK and that the surgery was going to go well. For my friends and family in Provo, I highly recommend Utah Surgical Arts."
Nathan Reviews His Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Hi, I’m Nathan, I live in Highland, and I came to Utah Surgical Arts to get my wisdom teeth removed. The overall atmosphere here was very welcoming and just friendly. Everyone here put my mind at ease by listening and just paying attention to me. The doctor here is just very outgoing, very pleasant to work with. The staff here, they’re very warming, friendly people. They will take great care of you. It was a very successful procedure and had an amazing recovery. If you live in West Valley or West Jordan, I would highly recommend coming to Utah Surgical Arts to get your wisdom teeth removed."
Ady Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"My name's Ady Montgomery. I'm from Mapleton, Utah, and I had my wisdom teeth taken out by Dr. Harris. It's a really nice office. The staff is very warm and friendly. Dr. Harris was super nice. I was a little nervous, but they talk you through everything, and it calms you down a lot. The surgery was a complete success, and I feel great. Out of five stars, I give Utah Surgical Arts a five. For my friends and family in Mapleton and Provo, I highly recommend Utah Surgical Arts."
Cindy Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Hi! I’m Cindy from Highland, Utah, and I brought 9 of my 11 children to Utah Surgical Arts to have Dr. Harris and Dr. Park take care of their wisdom teeth. My oldest two went to two separate oral surgeons, and when we discovered Utah Surgical Arts, as referred by our dentist, we were pleased and continued bringing the rest of our children here. In fact, one time, we did three children on the same day so that we’d all have everyone recovering at the same time. When you live at the south end of Utah County, in Spanish Fork or Payson, or in the north end in Alpine or Highland, Utah Surgical Arts is worth coming to. They do an excellent job!"
Alex Reviews His Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Before I got my braces off, I needed to get my wisdom teeth out. I wasn't that worried, but it was probably just the slight chance of anything going wrong or the recovery time taking forever. Dr. Park made me feel comfortable by just explaining the process and what exactly he was going to do instead of just going straight into it. It made the process a lot smoother. As they welcomed me in, it was more comforting, and it took a lot of the scary part away. If any of my friends in Pleasant Grove, Springville, or Salem needed to get their wisdom teeth taken out, Utah Surgical Arts would probably be the best place."
Frequently Asked Questions
How much will it cost to remove my wisdom teeth?
The cost of your wisdom tooth extraction will vary depending on the number of teeth you need removed, your choice of anesthesia, and insurance coverage. We will discuss all of this with you during your consultation appointment and provide you with an accurate cost estimate prior to treatment.
Are impacted wisdom teeth harder to remove?
Impacted wisdom teeth are more difficult to remove and can leave you at greater risk for complications following surgery. That’s why it’s important that this complex procedure be performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and not a general dentist.
What if food gets in the wisdom tooth hole?
We will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions to guide you through the recovery process. It is important to follow a soft food diet to avoid dry socket and disturbing the surgical area. You can also gently brush your teeth and rinse your mouth with warm salt water to help remove any food particles.
Does removing wisdom teeth change face shape?
There might be some temporary changes to your face following wisdom tooth surgery like bruising and swelling, but that can be managed by applying ice packs and will subside after a few days. Wisdom tooth surgery will not permanently alter or change the shape of your face.
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