What are wisdom teeth?
Third molars, also known as wisdom teeth, usually come in between the ages of 17 and 25 and are the last molars to grow and develop. Often, there is not enough space for these teeth to come in properly, which can lead to impaction and other dental issues. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon may need to remove your third molars in Provo, UT, if there is not enough room in your mouth to accommodate them.
Why should I have extractions in Provo, UT?
Removal is often recommended before any oral health problems occur, and it is a common procedure at our office in Provo, UT. In addition to preventing any oral health problems, proactive removal at a younger age (15–17) may significantly reduce the surgical complications that can arise during third molar extraction in older patients. Having your molars removed at an earlier stage of the tooth’s development makes for a smaller tooth that is easier to extract and results in a smoother recovery for the patient.
Most often, there is not enough room in the mouth to accommodate this third set of molars. When this happens, they tend to become impacted and are unable to grow in properly. Impacted wisdom teeth can erupt and push against the second molar or only partially erupt through the gums. In some cases, they are unable to erupt at all and remain stuck beneath the gum and jaw bone.
A variety of problems due to improper development can develop, such as
- Periodontal disease – symptoms include swelling, stiffness, tenderness, pain, and bad breath
- Dental crowding or shifting, which disrupts natural tooth alignment
- Irreversible damage to the jaw bone and teeth due to cysts and tumors
- Cavities from bacterial growth
Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure in Provo, UT
The experienced doctors at Utah Surgical Arts can provide you with specialty care and a customized treatment plan that is right for you. Their extensive training beyond dental school, coupled with years of experience, allows our doctors to deliver the highest level of care to our patients before, during, and after their procedure.
To determine your individual needs, the doctors at Utah Surgical Arts will review your medical history and perform a thorough examination of your mouth and jaw. X-rays will be taken. Your options for extraction, as well as your sedations options, will be discussed and determined by you and your doctor. This is also the time to have any questions that you may have answered by your doctor. After a customized treatment plan has been determined, you will be given pre- and post-operative instructions.
Your procedure will begin with the administration of the anesthetic that you discussed and chose with your doctor. Most patients opt for IV anesthetic, which will put you into a sleep-like state until the procedure is over. If you do choose IV anesthesia, you will need a designed driver to come with you to your appointment.
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 surgical sites will be closed up, and you will rest in our office until the anesthesia wears off. Your designated driver will take you home to recover.
Wisdom Teeth in Provo, UT
If you think you may need your wisdom teeth removed, we invite you to make an appointment at either one of our offices. Utah Surgical Arts strives to ensure the highest level of patient care and satisfaction for each and every patient that comes to our office. Our primary goal is to put our patients at the forefront of their care, making sure that their needs are met, concerns are addressed, and that they receive the best treatment possible.
The doctors at Utah Surgical Arts serve all of Utah County and maintain two locations in Provo and Payson, UT. If you are interested in removal, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule a consultation.
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