Third molars are commonly referred to as wisdom teeth. They are usually the last teeth to develop and are located in the back of your mouth, behind your second molars. Their development is usually completed between the middle teenage years and early twenties, a time traditionally associated with the onset of maturity and the attainment of wisdom. At Zion Oral Surgical Arts we understand the pain and discomfort that can come from wisdom teeth. That is why we specialize in wisdom teeth removal St George Utah.
Although most people develop and grow 32 permanent adult teeth, many times their jaws are too small to accommodate the four wisdom teeth. When inadequate space prevents the teeth from erupting they are called impacted wisdom teeth. This indicates their inability to erupt into the proper position for chewing and cleaning. This is why with wisdom teeth removal St George Utah we remove these teeth to allow more space for the other teeth and allows the mouth to get into proper position.
If you do not have enough room in your mouth for your third molars to fully erupt, a number of problems can happen. Impacted wisdom teeth should be removed before their root structure is fully developed. In some patients it is as early as 12 or 13, and in others it may not be until the early twenties. Problems tend to occur with increasing frequency after the age of 30. With wisdom teeth removal St George Utah we know all the problems caused by unremoved teeth.
Some of the possible problems related to not removing your wisdom teeth include:
In most cases, wisdom teeth removal St George Utah is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas, or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks, will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge your postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions and extra gauze, should bleeding continue. Bleeding and/or oozing the day and night of surgery is completely normal. Have cold, soft foods on hand for the first day.