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Wisdom Teeth Removal

Overview

Are your wisdom teeth causing you discomfort or dental issues? Guardian Family Dental in St. George, UT, provides expert wisdom teeth removal services to alleviate pain and safeguard oral health. Dr. Kyle Crandall understands the importance of addressing concerns about wisdom teeth promptly and effectively. In this detailed service page, we’ll explore what wisdom teeth are, how to determine if removal is necessary, the wisdom teeth removal process, and what to expect before and after the procedure.

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last set of molars to emerge in the back of the mouth. They typically appear between the ages of 17 and 25, although they can erupt earlier or later in some individuals. While wisdom teeth can be valuable for chewing and proper alignment of the jaw in some cases, they often cause problems when there isn’t enough space for them to erupt properly.

How Do You Know If You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Several signs and symptoms may indicate the need for wisdom teeth removal, including:

  • Persistent or recurring pain in the back of the mouth
  • Swelling, redness, or tenderness in the gums around the wisdom teeth
  • Difficulty opening the mouth or chewing
  • Crowding or shifting of adjacent teeth
  • Recurrent infections or inflammation around the wisdom teeth

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s essential to consult with Dr. Crandall for a thorough evaluation and personalized treatment recommendation.

What is Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Wisdom teeth removal, also known as third molar extraction, is a surgical procedure we perform to remove one or more wisdom teeth causing problems or at risk of complications. We perform this procedure using local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia, depending on the case’s complexity and patient preference.

What to Expect When Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
  1. Consultation and Examination: The process begins with a comprehensive consultation and examination with Dr. Crandall to assess your wisdom teeth’ position, condition, and potential complications. We may take X-rays to evaluate the roots and surrounding structures.
  2. Preoperative Instructions: Before the procedure, Dr. Crandall will provide preoperative instructions, including fasting guidelines, medication management, and transportation arrangements if sedation or general anesthesia is planned.
  3. Procedure: On the day of the procedure, you will be comfortably seated in the dental chair, and we will administer anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the surgery. Dr. Crandall will then carefully remove the wisdom teeth using specialized instruments and techniques, minimizing discomfort and trauma.
  4. Postoperative Care: Dr. Crandall will provide detailed postoperative instructions to promote healing and prevent complications after the procedure. These instructions may include pain management strategies, dietary restrictions, oral hygiene practices, and follow-up appointments for monitoring.
Aftercare Instructions for Wisdom Teeth
  • Medication: Take prescribed medications as directed for pain management and infection prevention.
  • Reducing Swelling: Apply ice packs to the cheeks externally to reduce swelling and discomfort.
  • Soft Foods: Stick to a soft diet and avoid chewing on the extraction sites to prevent irritation.
  • Proper Oral Care: Maintain appropriate oral hygiene by gently brushing and rinsing with a saltwater solution to keep the extraction sites clean.
  • Appointments: Attend follow-up appointments with Dr. Crandall for postoperative evaluation and monitoring of healing progress.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in St. George, UT

Don’t let wisdom teeth pain or complications disrupt your oral health and quality of life. With the expertise and compassion of our dental team, you can always expect the best at Guardian Family Dental. If you are in the St. George, UT, area and need wisdom teeth removal, look no further than our office! Schedule your consultation today and take the first step towards a healthier, happier smile with Guardian Family Dental.

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