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
Robyn Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"I have two sons that both needed their wisdom teeth out at particular times, and so I came to Dr. Park so that he could do that. When we first came in, the staff was very personable with them. Dr. Park was very extensive on exactly what he was going to do. Dr. Park is the best doctor I know. He is just so personable. He's such a great guy; he just makes you feel really comfortable. You walk in, and you feel like he's been your friend forever. I know of his extensive schooling as well as being board certified. I love this doctor, really, and I'm not just saying that. He's just a really solid, skilled, talented surgeon."
Kirstin Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Hi, I'm Kirstin. I'm from Springville, Utah. We came to see Dr. Park so that my son who's getting ready to go on a mission could get his wisdom teeth pulled. Well, it was quick! We did come in for a pre-op about two weeks before his extraction date, and so we had our questions answered then, had insurance taken care of then, and that was nice to not have to worry about it the day of. When we came in, it was, "Hi, sign some forms; have a seat." Literally five minutes later, they had Noah go in the back, and I think it was maybe 20 minutes. I highly recommend Utah Surgical Arts. I will be bringing another child here this summer to get her wisdom teeth out, so we're looking forward to another great experience."
Jadyn Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Hi, my name is Jadyn and I’m from American Fork, and I came to Utah Surgical Arts to get my wisdom teeth removed. It was a very warm and welcoming environment here. Right when I walked in the doors, I was greeted by a smile from the staff and it really made me feel great. The doctor here, he’s very funny and he made tons of jokes which made me just smile all the time. It made me feel super happy and just—I felt safe here. The procedure was very successful and I had a very quick recovery. I had an amazing experience here and the doctors and assistants took great care of me. To my friends that live in South Jordan and Salt Lake City, I would highly recommend Utah Surgical Arts."
Allyson Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"My wisdom teeth in my upper mouth started to push my bite in the top, and my sister works in Utah Surgical Arts, so she recommended her place to come get my wisdom teeth out. I was a little bit nervous to have this experience and be unconscious for a little bit. I don't really remember all of it, but I remember post-op, I was fine. I didn't feel any pain immediately or anything, and I had a very easy recovery period. I would recommend Utah Surgical Arts to a lot of my friends. They offer very good prices, they're a very professional and helpful team, and they were very nice to me, and I think they are very good at what they do, and I feel safe."
Shelby Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"My name is Shelby and I came and got my wisdom teeth out. I went and I got some X-rays done and saw that I had two wisdom teeth that needed to be removed. The staff is incredible. They’re so friendly, nice, and were available at all hours of the day. I was extremely nervous. I had a nice one-on-one with the doctor previous to my surgery and he eased all of my anxieties. Dr. Harris was very funny. He was very professional and he was also just very kind in answering any questions that I had. Overall my experience here was incredible. So for my friends and family throughout Lehi and Provo, I highly recommend Utah Surgical Arts."
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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