The third molars, more commonly known as the wisdom teeth, are often problematic. Most patients do not have enough room in the jaw to accommodate wisdom teeth eruption, leaving them impacted in the bone.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain and discomfort and lead to issues like infections, abscesses, cysts and even tumors. Because the wisdom teeth can cause potentially dangerous conditions, nearly all patients must have them removed by an oral surgeon.
Salt Lake City patients can have their wisdom teeth extracted right in the oral surgeon’s office. In most cases, the surgery takes just a few hours in an outpatient setting.
The oral surgeon begins by making an excision in the gums and then removes any bone material that blocks access to the wisdom teeth. The tooth is then removed, and the surgical site is sealed using stitches or some other adhesive.
In addition to local anesthetics that numb the surgical site, nearly all wisdom teeth patients choose some form of sedation for maximum comfort during the procedure. After patients recover from sedation, they are free to go home.
Patients will not be alert enough to drive by the time they leave the office, however, so plan to have a responsible adult accompany you to the appointment. You also should plan to rest for the remainder of the day following your procedure.
The risks associated with wisdom teeth removal are low. The primary potential complications are infection and dry sockets. Your oral surgeon can prescribe an antibiotic to reduce your risk of infection, and following your surgeon’s recommendations, such as avoiding straws, can decrease the likelihood that you’ll develop dry sockets.
Your oral surgeon has extensive training and experience in performing this procedure. Wisdom teeth extraction is probably the most common reason that patients seek treatment from an oral surgeon, which gives these specialists ample opportunity to perfect their techniques.
Is it time to have your wisdom teeth removed? If so, contact Dr. Partridge at 801-943-8703 to schedule a preliminary evaluation of your case and to determine a plan to have them removed.