Wisdom Teeth Removal
When wisdom teeth are impacted or erupt at the wrong angle, they can cause serious discomfort and oral complications.
Fortunately, our oral surgeons in Saratoga Springs, UT, regularly perform wisdom teeth removal for teens and adults.
If you’re interested in safe, virtually painless wisdom tooth removal, turn to Utah Valley Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
Why Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Also known as your third molars, wisdom teeth usually appear between the ages of 16 to 25. While very few people older than 30 experience issues with their wisdom teeth, it's possible to require extraction at any age. Leaving wisdom teeth intact when they should be removed can come with pain and additional oral health issues.
Most of our wisdom teeth removal patients visit our Saratoga Springs, UT, practice for the following reasons:
- Their wisdom teeth are impacted: Since wisdom teeth are so far back in your mouth, it’s possible for them to not erupt normally. They can become trapped in your jawbone or gums, which can be painful.
- Their wisdom teeth come in at the wrong angle: Your wisdom teeth may press up against your other teeth, which can cause shifting.
- They have cavities or gum disease: You may not be able to reach these teeth with a toothbrush and floss, leading to decay.
Signs You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
Here are some signs that it may be time to explore wisdom teeth removal with our oral surgeons in Saratoga Springs, UT.
Pain in the Back of your Mouth
Experiencing pain at the back of your mouth is one of the telltale signs that your wisdom teeth are coming in or beginning to cause problems. The pain may come and go in waves or be constant.
When wisdom teeth erupt from your gums, it can result in swelling or tenderness, making it challenging to eat or properly clean your teeth.
Cysts can form in the jaw when partially erupted wisdom teeth are left intact. They can lead to further mouth and jaw issues, including infection and tooth loss.
Earaches or Headaches
Wisdom teeth don’t only cause issues in your mouth. The pain you feel may radiate out to other areas of your head, resulting in ear or headaches.
Jaw Pain or Stiffness
If your wisdom teeth emerge improperly, they can alter the way your teeth meet when you bite down. This can lead to feelings of stiffness that make it difficult to open and close your mouth.
You may begin to feel pressure on your sinuses or experience headaches when wisdom teeth sprout and grow roots in your upper jaw.
Need Wisdom Tooth Removal? You're Not Alone
Safe, Efficient Wisdom Teeth Removal in Saratoga Springs, UT
Are your wisdom teeth causing problems? Do you suffer from unexplained pain or swelling in your jaw? Whether or not you can see it, a troublesome wisdom tooth may be the culprit.
If you need your wisdom teeth removed, know that you have nothing to feel nervous about when you turn to our oral surgeons, Christopher Burton and Jared Rasmussen. We have the training, equipment, and monitoring capabilities to ensure the procedure is successful and comfortable.
For more information about tooth removal, dental implants, or any other procedure available at our Saratoga Springs and Orem, UT, offices, contact us online at any time.
Ready to request your wisdom tooth removal consultation? We look forward to working with you.
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We had a consultation (Orem) and had the actual surgery the next day in Saratoga Springs. We couldn’t have asked for a better first time experience! Dr. Burton explained everything thoroughly in the consult. The next day (surgery day) he was on time, personable, and made us feel right at home.View On Google
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Sedation Methods to Keep You Comfortable
If you have severely impacted wisdom teeth or experience dental phobia, general anesthesia may be a good option for you. This type of anesthesia ensures you are completely asleep during your oral surgery, meaning you won’t feel any sensation or pain. General anesthesia can take several hours to completely wear off, so you'll need someone to take you home from your appointment.
Sometimes referred to as twilight sedation, IV sedation involves a small injection of anesthesia into an arm vein, resulting in a drowsy, relaxed feeling. This type of sedation is recommended if you don’t want to be entirely unconscious during your procedure. As it does not deliver pain relief, IV sedation is typically combined with local anesthesia. Like general anesthesia, IV sedation takes time to wear off, so a friend or loved one will need to pick you up from your appointment.
The Wisdom Tooth Removal Timeline What to Expect From the Procedure
If you're feeling nervous about the procedure, you can choose to receive calming sedation that will help it fly by without worry.
How Long Does It Take to Heal After Wisdom Tooth Removal?
Any discomfort you experience after your wisdom tooth surgery will likely fade in less than a week. However, the full healing process can take a couple of weeks, especially if your teeth were impacted. We'll make sure you fully understand what to expect after your extraction, as well as what you can do to minimize discomfort and speed up your recovery. We can also answer any questions you may have about the other oral surgery procedures we offer, like bone grafting and dental implants.
Is Wisdom Tooth Removal Covered by Insurance?
Your dental insurance will likely at least partially cover this dental procedure. We accept most dental insurance. If you are uninsured, you can benefit from our special, which includes a consultation, radiographs, sedation, and the removal of up to four teeth (including wisdom teeth) for $1,000. For more information on the cost of wisdom tooth removal, contact our Saratoga Springs practice any time.