Many people develop a set of back molars called wisdom teeth. They usually come in between the ages of 17-25. While these final teeth can increase chewing function, oftentimes there is not enough space in the mouth for them to develop correctly. When there is not enough room in the mouth for the wisdom teeth 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 an early 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, while 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:
- Swelling, stiffness, tenderness, pain—even bad breath—all signs of periodontal disease.
- Disruption of the natural alignment of teeth (dental crowding or shifting)
- Cysts and tumors that can result in irreparable damage to the jawbone and healthy teeth
- Bacterial growth causing cavities that cannot be restored
In order 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. Afterwards, 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. 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 any one of our offices.
Where can I get my Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
Drs. Harris & Park of Utah Surgical Arts maintain two locations in Provo & Payson, Utah, and are available to schedule your wisdom teeth extraction procedure at any of these locations. Utah Surgical Arts services all of Utah County including Provo, Payson, Highland, Alpine, Spanish Fork, American Fork, Orem, Springville, Lehi, Salem, Pleasant Grove, Nephi, Manti, Heber, and Ephraim.
If you have questions or concerns about dental emergencies, please contact our staff at Utah Surgical Arts or just set up an appointment.