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, and Dr. Wood. 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
Julie Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Hi, I’m Julie, and I’m from Springville, Utah. My three sons have come to Utah Surgical Arts to have Dr. Park take out their wisdom teeth. All three of them have had just really good experiences. Dr. Park was really efficient doing the wisdom teeth. They have had no complications, they recovered quickly — just really, really good experience. If you are a mother and you are thinking about having your child’s wisdom teeth taken out, if you live anywhere in the valley — if you live from Highland, Alpine, American Fork, Spanish Fork, Springville — I would definitely recommend coming to Utah Surgical Arts to have Dr. Park take out your child’s wisdom teeth. He does a great job."
Cameron Reviews His Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"My name is Cameron, I live in Provo, Utah, and I came to USA to get my wisdom teeth removed. The staff was very kind and welcoming. The second I walked in the door I was greeted. The assistants in the back were very welcoming as well. Dr. Park is great. He greeted me with a smile, asked how I was doing, seemed to really care who I was, made me feel very comfortable and at ease with the procedure. The surgery went very smoothly, painless, and quick and easy. Overall, I had a great experience at USA. Out of five stars, I would give USA five. For my friends and family in Lehi and in Provo, I highly recommend Utah Surgical Arts."
Cherie Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"I am Cherie, and I am from Draper, Utah. I know Dr. Park's wife; we bowl together actually, and while we were bowling — I needed to get my son's wisdom teeth removed — and she recommended Dr. Park. Because my first son's surgery went so great, we decided to bring the rest of the family in. So then we brought in son number two, son number three, I myself had my wisdom teeth removed, and we just had son number four's done — it's been two years ago now — and son number five just had his done about three weeks ago. Everybody did great. Some of them had swelling, but most of us had no swelling even. We just had our wisdom teeth out, and within a few days, it was as if we'd never had our wisdom teeth out. I wouldn't put my kids in anybody's hands if I didn't feel like I trusted them, and I came in here, and I felt like they were professional and kind and friendly, and I felt like they cared about us, so I felt really comfortable having my kids be operated on by Utah Surgical Arts."
Nick Reviews His Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Hi, my name is Nick. I live in Spanish Fork, Utah, and I got my wisdom teeth out here at Utah Surgical Arts. The staff here was very friendly and very welcoming. I felt at home and not stressed at all by any of the procedures. Dr. Harris was also very friendly and very fast, and I felt also very comfortable in the surgery room. I felt very safe, and I trusted him to do my wisdom teeth. I actually ended up going to a football game that same night because I didn’t swell up too much — I didn’t look too odd. I would definitely recommend Dr. Harris because of how fast and how fast the recovery was. It wasn’t a hassle at all; it was very easy and fast and not a lot of pain."
Mikell Reviews His Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Hi, my name is Mikell, and I came to Utah Surgical Arts to get my wisdom teeth extracted. Being a registered nurse, I realize the importance of patient care and him being a doctor and a dentist, I was put at ease for the procedure. Obviously, getting your wisdom teeth out isn’t the funnest thing in the world, but I went to the office and was so comforted by the awesome staff and by the friendliness and personable Dr. Harris, and I had a really great experience."
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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