Many teens and adults have developed a full set of permanent teeth and are unaware that they may have an additional set of teeth growing underneath the surface of their gums. This third set of molars, which we know as wisdom teeth, can cause significant problems because they are often undetectable without regular dental examinations. Frequently, wisdom teeth grow beneath the surface of the gums, and only an X-ray can determine if they are present. Other times, the teeth partially emerge from the gums but do not grow in completely.
Wisdom teeth have the ability to provide added value to the mouth by increasing its chewing and grinding power. Unfortunately, they often do not grow into the mouth in a manner that allows patients to experience their benefit. Many people do not have enough room in their mouth and along their jaw bone for these teeth to grow in properly, which can cause problems for the rest of the teeth.
Why should I get my wisdom teeth removed?
The presence of wisdom teeth makes patients more susceptible to other problems inside the mouth, including
- Misalignment of healthy teeth as the wisdom teeth push the second molars forward and cause dental crowding and shifting
- Swelling, stiffness, tenderness, pain, and bad breath caused by periodontal disease
- Increased risk of tumor growth and cyst development that can cause issues in healthy teeth and the jaw bone
- Bacterial growth, gum disease, and tooth decay
At Utah Facial & Oral Surgery, we recommend having your wisdom teeth removed early — usually during the mid- to late teens — even if they have not yet begun to emerge from the gums. The removal and recovery process is typically much more rapid if wisdom teeth are removed early, as the roots of the teeth are not fully developed, and younger patients are more likely to recover quickly from surgery.
Before the removal of your wisdom teeth, you will receive a thorough oral exam, X-rays, and (in some cases) 3D scanning of the mouth to determine the position and size of the teeth. Dr. Christopher Price has undergone extensive training to administer anesthesia, and our office offers various anesthetic options:
- Local Anesthesia – an anesthetic applied directly to the area of removal
- Nitrous Oxide – also known as laughing gas, this is an anesthetic option that is used in conjunction with other anesthetic options to calm anxiety during the procedure
- Sedation Anesthesia – administered through an intravenous (IV) line, which suppresses your consciousness during the procedure
- General Anesthesia – an anesthetic that causes you to lose consciousness during the procedure
At Utah Facial & Oral Surgery, we do everything in our power to ensure that you have the most comfortable and rapid recovery possible following your surgery. Please do not hesitate to contact our skilled surgeon and highly trained office staff with any questions you may have before your procedure. We want to ensure that you are fully informed and to help you choose the method of anesthesia that is right for you.
Where can I get wisdom teeth removed in Salt Lake County?
Utah Facial & Oral Surgery in South Jordan & Lehi, Utah, offers various oral surgical procedures and treatments, including the removal of wisdom teeth. Dr. Christopher Price serves the entire Salt Lake Valley.