When you enter the mid to late teens, sometimes known as the age of wisdom, your third set of molars, appropriately nicknamed wisdom teeth, begin growing in. While this doesn't pose a problem for some people, for most people, this growth can cause a host of oral health issues due to the lack of room in the mouth to accommodate the teeth. The average mouth can only hold up to 28 teeth, which means that when the wisdom teeth (four additional teeth) try to erupt, they will often get stuck under the gums and become impacted, causing infection and even misalignment of your adjacent healthy teeth. Avoiding these issues is simple; if you visit an oral surgeon for a consultation, they can evaluate the position of your wisdom teeth and determine a treatment plan based on your specific needs and whether or not the teeth pose an immediate risk to your health.
With extractions being some of the most common oral surgery procedures performed, the team at Utah Surgical Arts has extensive experience safely removing wisdom teeth and providing optimal results. You can rest assured that if you or your child needs wisdom teeth removed and you visit our office for treatment, you will receive the highest quality of care. Many of our past wisdom teeth patients can attest to our compassionate and quality care and have chosen to share their satisfaction with our practice and their treatment below. Please feel free to watch their testimonials to learn why their experience with our office was so positive, and if you're in need of a wisdom tooth extraction, please contact our office.
Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure performed at our office in Payson, UT, because the average mouth is too small to accommodate the proper growth of wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth, which are the last set of molars to grow in the back of your mouth, usually come in between the ages of 17 and 25. While this final set of teeth can increase chewing function, often there is not enough space in the mouth for them to develop correctly. When there is not enough room in the mouth for a wisdom tooth to break through the gums, it is said to be impacted. Leaving impacted wisdom teeth in the mouth may cause health and dental problems in the future.
Removing the wisdom teeth will usually alleviate the possibility of future issues, especially if they are removed early in their development before any problems arise. Removing wisdom teeth at a young age (15–17) may significantly reduce the surgical complications that can occur during third molar extraction. Impacted wisdom teeth sometimes grow in pushing against the second molar; other times, the teeth barely break through the gums. In some cases, their presence can go unnoticed as they are trapped beneath the gum and jaw bone. The improper development of wisdom teeth can cause a variety of problems:
Our primary goal at Utah Surgical Arts is to ensure that each patient’s concerns are adequately addressed and that each patient receives the highest quality of care before, during, and after the procedure. The doctors at Utah Surgical Arts have undergone years of extensive training beyond dental school, are highly qualified to provide you with specialty care, and can address any issue that may arise before, during, or after your procedure. If you think you may be in need of this procedure, we invite you to make an appointment at either one of our offices.
To properly assess your needs, the surgeons at Utah Surgical Arts will perform a thorough examination of your mouth and jaw, including X-rays, and will review your medical history. Afterward, you and your doctor will discuss viable options for the extraction of the teeth, if needed, as well as a surgical plan that is best for your situation. As it is a surgical procedure, your options for sedation, including nitrous oxide and general anesthesia, will also be discussed. Once we have developed a treatment specific to your needs, we will provide you with instructions for your pre- and post-operative care and send you home.
It’s important that you review these instructions before your surgical appointment so that you are fully prepared for your procedure. When you come in for your surgery, we will administer your chosen form of anesthesia. Most wisdom teeth removal patients choose general anesthesia so they can sleep comfortably throughout the procedure. While you sleep, your oral surgeon will expose the wisdom teeth, remove any bone that may be blocking his path, and then extract the wisdom teeth. In some cases, he will break your molars into smaller pieces to make removal easier. Once your teeth have been removed and your gums have been stitched up, we will wake you up, and you will go home to rest and recover.
Drs. Harris, Park, Brown, and Wood of Utah Surgical Arts maintain two locations in Provo and Payson, Utah, serving all of Utah County and are available to schedule your wisdom teeth extraction procedure at either of these locations. Whether you’re seeking wisdom teeth removal in Salt Lake City, Orem, Ogden, or any nearby cities in Utah County, we would be happy to treat you. We believe that everybody deserves to be proud of his or her smile, and when wisdom teeth grow in without enough room, they can cause problems with your smile and oral health. Removing wisdom teeth gives us the opportunity to help you prevent a host of health problems associated with incorrect wisdom teeth growth. If you live in Provo, UT, Payson, UT, South Jordan, UT, or in other parts of Utah County or Salt Lake County, we encourage you to visit our practice for wisdom teeth removal.