The wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to erupt in the mouth, usually appearing between the ages of 17-25. Most people have four wisdom teeth, but some only have three or none. These teeth can cause problems if they come in at the wrong angle or insufficient room to grow correctly. At Silver Summit Dental, a wisdom tooth removal is a surgical procedure to remove one or more of your third molars. Our dentist may recommend removing your wisdom teeth if they are causing pain, infection, or other oral health issues.
Removing your wisdom teeth can improve your oral health in several ways. First, eliminating these teeth can prevent overcrowding in your other teeth. If there is not enough room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth to come in properly, they can push your other teeth out of alignment and cause crowding. This can cause your teeth to become crooked or cause bite issues.
Second, wisdom teeth removal in Herriman, UT, can reduce the risk of tooth decay. Because wisdom teeth are so far back in the mouth, they are difficult to reach with a toothbrush or floss. As a result, bacteria can grow in hard-to-reach areas and lead to cavities. By removing the wisdom teeth, you can prevent this from occurring.
Third, wisdom teeth removal can help to prevent gum disease. Gum disease is caused by plaque buildup around the teeth and can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Removing the wisdom teeth eliminates one of the places where plaque can build up.
Finally, wisdom teeth removal can also improve your appearance. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, they can cause your gums to swell and become inflamed. This can lead to an unattractive smile. Removing the wisdom teeth can improve your smile and boost your confidence.
Wisdom teeth extraction begins with an initial examination by our dentist in Herriman, UT, where the patient's medical history and X-rays are reviewed to determine the best approach. Anesthesia options, including local, general, or IV sedation, are discussed and administered as needed. The dentist then makes an incision in the gum tissue to access the tooth and may need to divide the tooth into sections for easier removal. After extraction, any necessary stitches are placed, and gauze controls bleeding. Patients receive post-operative care instructions and are closely monitored until they are ready to go home. Recovery usually takes a few days to a week, during which patients should follow prescribed aftercare practices to promote healing and minimize discomfort.
If you have questions about wisdom teeth extractions or what to expect during your recovery, visit Silver Summit Dental at 5734 W 13400 S, Herriman, UT 84096, or call (801) 542-0998 to schedule an appointment.
5734 W 13400 S
Herriman, UT, 84096
Silver Summit Dental
5734 W 13400 S
Tel: (801) 542-0998
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