Wisdom Teeth Removal in Provo, UT
Quick and Comfortable Extractions
Third molars, also known as wisdom teeth, usually come in between the ages of 17 and 25 and are the last set of molars to develop. Often, there is not enough space for these teeth, which can lead to overcrowding and other dental issues. Our oral surgeons in Provo, UT, recommend having these wisdom teeth extracted as soon as possible to prevent damage to your oral health. Contact Utah Surgical Arts to schedule an appointment with Dr. Harris, Dr. Park, Dr. Brown, Dr. Wood, Dr. Holladay, or Dr. Shiffler.
Advantages of Having Wisdom Teeth Extracted
Proactive removal during the early to mid-teen years often reduces the surgical complications that can arise during third molar extraction in older patients. Having wisdom teeth removed at an earlier stage of the tooth’s development makes for a less complex surgery, and younger patients tend to have faster recoveries. However, you can have your wisdom teeth removed by an oral surgeon at any age.
A wisdom tooth can grow sideways and become trapped beneath the gum tissue. This is known as an impacted wisdom tooth and will not properly erupt, and therefore must be surgically removed by an oral surgeon. An impacted tooth can push against nearby molars, pushing them out of alignment.
A wisdom tooth’s root is large and can grow into nearby nerves or other roots. It’s important to attend regular dental checkups. Your general dentist takes X-rays of your mouth and will send you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon when wisdom teeth begin to develop.
By having your wisdom teeth extracted, you avoid many complications, including:
- Gum disease
- Dental crowding or shifting
- Irreversible damage to the jaw bone and teeth due to cysts and tumors
- Cavities from bacterial growth
- Pain and swelling caused by overcrowding
- Tooth decay
Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery
Our surgeons have completed extensive training beyond dental school, coupled with years of experience, allowing us to deliver the highest level of care to our patients. Prior to any surgery, we will take CBCT scans of your face to evaluate the size and location of your third molars. There are many anesthesia options available, although patients typically undergo IV sedation for this procedure.
Molars that are partially or completely beneath the gums require the oral surgeon to lift the gum tissue to expose the tooth and extract it. On occasion, they may need to be sectioned into smaller pieces to allow for complete removal. Once the teeth are removed, the empty tooth sockets will be stitched closed, and you will rest in our office until the anesthesia wears off. Your designated driver will take you home and should remain with you for 24 hours.
Cost of Having Wisdom Teeth Extracted in Provo, UT
Contact one of our Utah Surgical Arts practice locations to schedule a consultation. At this appointment, we will create a personalized treatment plan and provide you with a cost estimate for your oral surgery. Factors such as the number of wisdom teeth needing to be removed, anesthesia, and insurance will be considered. Our team prides ourselves on our expertise performing comfortable, precise wisdom teeth removal procedures for patients of all ages.
We want wisdom teeth removal to be accessible and affordable for our patients, so we work hard to make payment convenient. We accept several insurance plans and payment methods. Please contact us with your questions. It is our privilege to guide you through the process of wisdom teeth extraction at our friendly and welcoming practice.
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
Jake Reviews His Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Hi, my name's Jake Craft. I’m from Lindon, Utah, and I came to Utah Surgical Arts for my wisdom teeth and also for a couple different crown lengthening sessions. I really enjoyed my experience here with Dr. Harris and his staff because it was very quick and easy, and I was comfortable the entire time. I have a lot of friends in Alpine, Lehi, American Fork, Spanish Fork, and I always recommend that they come get any sort of dental work — like wisdom teeth or crown lengthening — done here because the staff is extremely friendly, and they go out of their way to make you feel comfortable throughout the entire procedure."
Rylee Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Hi, I’m Rylee, I’m from Ephraim, and I came to Utah Surgical Arts to get my wisdom teeth removed. When I walked through the doors, it was really friendly. Everyone was really outgoing and talked to me and made sure I was really comfortable the entire time. The doctor was super open. He went through every step of the process so that I didn’t have to worry about it while it was going on. The doctor made me feel really confident that everything was going to be OK the entire time. All the staff made sure I knew exactly what was going to happen and made sure that I was comfortable with what they were about to do before they did it. I’m extremely happy that I had my procedure done at Utah Surgical Arts. To all my friends who need their wisdom teeth out, Utah Surgical Arts is definitely the place to come."
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."
Kate Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"My name is Kate, and I am from Provo, Utah, and I had my wisdom teeth removed. I was really nervous. I don’t like surgery or needles or anything like that, but Utah Surgical Arts is very attentive and caring with their patients. The staff here was great. They made me feel confident and calm, and I wasn’t nervous anymore to get it done. Dr. Harris is an amazing doctor. He is very kind and easy to talk to, and he made me feel very welcome, and I wasn’t scared or anything like that — it was great. I would give Utah Surgical Arts five stars. I had a great experience here, and I highly recommend Dr. Harris."
Chris Reviews His Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"My name’s Chris, I’m from Provo, and I had my wisdom teeth pulled by Dr. Park. It was a really awesome experience. Everyone here was super nice and friendly. The staff and the receptionists consulted with me before and really worked with all my questions I had, answering them, and made me feel really comfortable. The surgery went really well. Dr. Park really helped me out, and he really knew what he was doing. After, I felt really happy and felt satisfied. I had a great experience, and I would recommend any family or friends to come to Utah Surgical Arts."
Frequently Asked Questions
How long should I take off for wisdom teeth removal?
Most patients return to their normal routine a day or two after surgery. While it takes about 2 weeks for the surgical sites to heal, you can expect to return to work or school either the day after surgery or the following day.
Does wisdom teeth removal hurt?
IV sedation will render you in a semi-conscious state. You will be awake enough to respond to your surgeon, but will have no memory of the surgery. The effects of anesthesia will last for that day, and you can expect to rest a lot. Any post-operative pain can be managed with ice packs and over-the-counter pain medication. There may be some swelling and discomfort, but ice, rest, and a soft food diet will ensure a speedy recovery.
Should I have all four wisdom teeth removed at once?
You should have all wisdom teeth removed in one procedure. This eliminates the need for multiple procedures, and you can eliminate the risk for dental problems caused by third molars in a single surgical visit.
Is the third day the worst after wisdom tooth removal?
Swelling often peaks around the third day, but you can manage this with ice packs and keeping your head elevated. Our office provides detailed instructions to help manage discomfort and ensure a speedy recovery. During healing, it's critical not to smoke or use a straw, as this could dislodge the blood clot. A dry socket is very painful and if you experience this, contact our office immediately.
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