The Only Place To Have Your
Wisdom Teeth Removed

  • 3 Things You Need...

  • A Board-Certified Specialist! Just because a dentist may remove wisdom teeth, it does not make them a specialist.
  • Safety! Treatment should be performed in an accredited office-based surgery center.
  • Anesthesia provided by a Board-Certified Physician!



Best Wisdom Teeth Removal in Provo, Payson, & South Jordan, Utah

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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 erupt successfully.

These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they have 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, destroying 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.


Oral Examination

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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.

Removal

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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, and antibiotics. Sutures that were placed during surgery will dissolve in 5–10 days. You will be given phone numbers to contact the surgeons at any time if a concern or an emergency arises after your procedure. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 801-356-2229.


Sedation for Comfortable Wisdom Teeth Removal

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If removal of your wisdom teeth is recommended, The Wisdom Teeth Specialists 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 The Wisdom Teeth Specialists will perform your oral surgery with standards that result in excellence and reliable outcomes.

OMS vs. Other Dental Professionals

Oral surgeons complete 6 years of additional training that are not required of a general dentist! Your dental provider may tell you that they’ve removed thousands of wisdom teeth, but it does not mean they have the same level of expertise as an OMS.


Be proactive! Get your wisdom teeth removed by a specialist in an accredited facility.

5 questions you should ask your doctor before you have your wisdom teeth removed.

1) Are they board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons?

Some dentists advertise that they remove wisdom teeth and perform oral surgery, however, lack the expertise to handle the associated complications. Our surgeons are experts in the removal of wisdom teeth. Unlike most dental practitioners, our surgeons have obtained both a dental and medical degree and are board-certified physicians dedicated to your safety and comfort.

2) Is the person administering the anesthesia a board-certified physician?

Our board-certified physicians provide expert level anesthesia and monitoring before, during, and after surgery. They have completed rigorous anesthesia training and are able to properly respond to any emergency situation to keep you or your loved ones safe.

3) Are they on staff at the local hospital, and are they in good standing?

This cannot be stressed enough! If they do not have hospital privileges, that means that they do not meet the minimum training required to obtain those privileges. If a complication does arise, they have to refer their patients to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) or emergency room (ER) where they will be treated by an OMS. So, why not just start with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon?

4) How will I be monitored during the procedure?

There should be at least two other staff members in the room who are trained and prepared to recognize and respond to crisis situations. There should always be vigilant monitoring. Ask if the office has EKG, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, and end-tidal carbon dioxide monitors. If your doctor doesn’t have all of these, seek treatment elsewhere. It is also appropriate to ask about the office’s safety record and if the doctor has ever been the subject of a disciplinary action from a professional board or local government.

The surgeons at The Wisdom Teeth Specialists perform their surgery in an accredited facility. Our facility is accredited by the American Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), and we are the only oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the state of Utah to have an accredited facility by AAAHC. This means that we have met the most rigorous requirements for patient care.

5) Do the doctor and his staff keep up with and know what the requirements are for Advanced Cardiac Life Support re-certification?

Your doctor should always have current ACLS certification, and the staff should all have CPR training AT A MINIMUM. The team at The Wisdom Teeth Specialists have all these certifications. In addition, we conduct quarterly disaster drills and emergency training for team continuing education.

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