By the age of 18, the average adult has 32 teeth – with 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canines and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping food and biting it into smaller pieces. The back teeth (molars) are used to grind up food into a consistency that is suitable for swallowing.
The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth, so it can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit into a mouth that ideally holds only 28 teeth. These four additional teeth are your third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth.”
Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. Wisdom teeth extraction is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt.
These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result is swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jaw bone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.
With an oral examination and X-rays of the mouth, our doctors can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if they are present or may cause future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally evaluated first in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist, or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort.
In most cases, the wisdom teeth removal is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia), or general anesthesia. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding, bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your post-operative kit will include post-operative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics, and a follow-up appointment in one week for suture removal. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 801-356-2229.
Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety, utilizing modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.
Be proactive! Get your wisdom teeth removed.
Too often, significant damage has occurred before an individual experiences pain and knows that a problem exists with one or more impacted or erupted wisdom teeth. When this happens, treatment can be more difficult and time consuming. The individual may also experience a longer and more difficult recovery. Decades of medical and dental research has shown how harmful keeping your third molars can be – both to your dental health and to your overall health. We believe in proactive wisdom tooth observation during development and want to prevent problems before they occur.
Advanced technology, such as our upgraded CBCT Kodak 9300 scanner, allows us to determine precise wisdom tooth development, location, and the best method for wisdom teeth extraction. We can determine whether a wisdom tooth is impacted and trace the potential path of eruption. Our doctors are experienced in surgical removal of wisdom teeth and provide the best option for long-term oral health.
Sedation for Comfortable Wisdom Teeth Removal
If removal is recommended for your wisdom teeth, Provo Wisdom Teeth will prepare you for your oral surgery. We will explain the details of your treatment, answer all of your questions, and work with you so that your upcoming procedure can be faced with confidence. Sedation dentistry is proven effective to reduce anxiety and eliminate discomfort for a safe and “relaxing” experience. Our doctors at Provo Wisdom Teeth will perform your oral surgery with standards that result in excellence and reliable outcomes.