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7 Reasons To Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed Now

It may be tempting to avoid the hassle of having your wisdom teeth removed. But skipping over this procedure could lead to other complications and pain down the road. When it comes to wisdom teeth, it’s better to take preventative action and avoid all of the other potential problems that can come along with keeping these molars in your mouth.

1. Avoid Overcrowding

As wisdom teeth grow in, they take up a lot of space. They will often erupt into an already crowded area and move teeth around. The result can be misaligned teeth. Even if you’ve already gone through the hassle of braces, your once straight smile can be undone over time as wisdom teeth enter the picture. Then you have the problem of needing your wisdom teeth removed and your teeth realigned.

2. Don’t Damage Your Other Teeth

When overcrowding happens, which is common with wisdom teeth, teeth can be damaged. Teeth may not only be moved but also be damaged. This damage could be excess cavities or potential bone damage.

3. Prevent Cysts or Tumors

The pressure that comes with impacted wisdom teeth can lead to potential cysts or tumors in the jawbone. This can lead to joint pain, damaged nerves, and may need to be treated by a TMJ specialist.

4. Inflammation and Infection

Wisdom teeth mean limited space in your mouth, partial impactions, and misalignment. All of this will usually also mean gum inflammation and potential infection. Inflammation and infection can easily spread and become a problem quickly. Especially if you have gaps in your teeth—this can be a breeding ground for bacteria growth.

5. Keep Up Your Dental Hygiene

The limited space the comes with having wisdom teeth in your mouth makes proper dental hygiene difficult. Thorough brushing and flossing get harder and harder as teeth become hard to reach and plaque builds up.

6. It Can Lead To Sinus Issues

Wisdom teeth mean a lot of pressure in your mouth and jaw. This can lead to sinus pain, pressure, and congestion. It’s all connected!

7. Overall Pain

Not everyone with their wisdom teeth with experience pain, but it is a common sign that it’s time to get them taken out. Wisdom teeth can lead to pressure in your mouth, in your jaw, in your sinuses, and give you headaches. If you are feeling pressure in your head, it may be from your wisdom teeth.

Don’t delay having your wisdom teeth removed. Putting it off can make the process much more difficult. If you have questions, as your dentist what they are seeing in your teeth. It may be that you don’t need your wisdom teeth out, but that is very rare. Overall, it’s better to take preventative action and not have to deal with all the pain that can come from wisdom teeth.

Reach out to Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah today to schedule an appointment to remove your wisdom teeth and avoid pain down the road.

 
 

How Long Does Getting Dental Implants Take?

Although dental implants can last a lifetime, getting implanted teeth won’t take much time out of your busy life

Worst case, you’ll likely only need three or four appointments. But for many patients, it’s possible to complete the procedure in a single day.

How long does it take to get dental implants

The Dental Implant Process

The first step to getting implanted teeth is an oral surgeon consultation. Although most patients are good candidates for this procedure, you will need an assessment from an experienced surgeon. But this should take less than half an hour.

Next, you’ll schedule an appointment for the first stage of the dental implant process. During this appointment, the oral surgeon places the artificial tooth roots and temporary crowns. Each can require up to an hour, but you’ll be under anesthesia and the time will go by quickly.

From that point, the new tooth roots need time to fuse with the jawbone and provide a solid foundation for the implanted teeth. This can take anywhere from three to six months. Once the healing is complete, you’ll come back to the oral surgeon’s office for permanent crowns.

Pre-Prosthetic Surgery May Delay the Dental Implant Process

Before all that can happen, however, you may need to come in for pre-prosthetic surgery.

Some patients need procedures to prepare the mouth and jaw for the placement of implanted teeth. Depending upon your case, your oral surgeon may recommend pre-prosthetic surgery to remove excess bone in the jaw or reshape the jawbone. Or you may require a bone graft to restore jawbone density.

If you need any of these procedures, the timeline for getting implanted teeth will be slightly longer.

Teeth-in-a-Day Dental Implants Are an Option for Some Patients

If you’re getting implanted teeth immediately after tooth loss or tooth extraction, you may be a candidate for teeth-in-a-day implants.

This innovative procedure lets you walk out of the oral surgeon’s office with a beautiful, fully functional smile after a single appointment — and the magic happens in only an hour.

One month later, you’ll return to the oral surgeon for permanent crowns. This shouldn’t take any longer than the placement of the implanted teeth, and it may even take much less time.

In order to be a candidate for teeth-in-a-day implants, however, you must have a strong, healthy jawbone. If you have bone loss in the jaw, you’ll need pre-prosthetic surgery.

Are you interested in learning more about dental implants? If you live in the greater Salt Lake City area, schedule a consultation at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah. With over 10 years of experience placing implanted teeth, Dr. Partridge and Dr. Maxfield are the go-to experts for tooth restoration in northern Utah.

With locations in Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan and Tooele, visiting Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah is both easy and convenient. To get started with the dental implant process, contact us today.

Is Oral Surgery Sedation Safe for Kids?

If your child needs oral surgery, sedation will likely be necessary. With children, sedation serves several purposes — it not only relieves pain and eases anxiety, but also tempers their behavior to enable the safe completion of a surgical procedure.

But for parents, the thought of sedating a child can be downright unnerving.

You’ll be relieved to know that oral surgery sedation is safe for kids — as long as an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon with dedicated anesthesia training administers the sedation.

Oral surgery sedation for kids

Keeping Kids Safe During Oral Surgery Procedures

Here at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, we follow the guidelines for safe sedation recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). This includes:

  • Completing a thorough health evaluation prior to the procedure
  • Using a strict procedure protocol to ensure no safety step is forgotten
  • Administering the lowest possible dose of sedation for the surgery
  • Assigning a qualified person the primary task of closely monitoring the child
  • Making sure a properly equipped emergency cart is immediately accessible
  • Documenting every step of the sedation process

Safe Oral Surgery Sedation Options for Kids

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have the skill, qualifications and training to safely administer all forms of sedation. With children, the most commonly used options are:

Oral sedation — an anti-anxiety medication taken in pill form prior to the procedure

Laughing gas — a sedative agent (nitrous oxide) inhaled through a breathing mask

Twilight sleep — anesthesia delivered through an intravenous (IV) line

These mild forms of sedation help keep children calm and comfortable during surgery, without making them unconscious. All are safe choices that carry little risk of complications in the hands of a qualified professional.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons also provide general anesthesia for children undergoing complex or lengthy procedures. For safety purposes, however, surgeons complete procedures that require general anesthesia at a local hospital or surgical center.

Choosing the Right Oral Surgery Sedation for Your Child

When deciding on the right form of sedation for your child, oral and maxillofacial surgeons consider age, medical history, anxiety level, procedure complexity and several other factors. You’ll also have input on the decision — you know your child better than anyone, so your opinion matters.

Ultimately, the type and amount of anesthesia will be specifically tailored to meet your child’s needs while providing the lowest risk of adverse effects. And you, the parent, play a key role in following the surgeon’s pre-sedation instructions and remaining calm and encouraging. These help your child have a positive experience.

At Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, we understand your concerns about the safety of sedating your child for oral surgery, and we welcome your questions. We want you to have the peace of mind of knowing that your child is receiving safe, stress-free treatment.

With three convenient northern Utah locations in Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan and Tooele, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah provides expert care to patients of all ages. If you live in the greater Salt Lake City area, contact us and schedule a consultation to discuss oral surgery sedation today.

What Is a Dental Bone Graft?

Your oral surgeon may recommend a dental bone graft if X-rays reveal bone loss in the jaw, also known as jawbone atrophy.

Grafting is a simple in-office procedure that takes little time and comes with several benefits. The surgery works to stimulate jawbone growth, which helps you keep a strong, healthy smile and maintain your youthful look.

So, what’s in a dental bone graft? Where does the transplanted tissue come from?

Four types of grafting materials are available. You and your oral surgeon will decide which is right for you.

Facts about dental bone grafting

Autografts

With an autograft, or autogenous bone graft, the bone tissue will come from your body. A small section of bone, taken from your hip, rib or leg, offers highly effective jawbone regeneration. However, using an autograft means adding an extra step to your procedure.

Allografts

An allograft is human tissue, but it comes from a tissue bank. The bone grafting material is extensively tested to ensure safety for transplant use, but tissue banks can’t guarantee that an allograft is without risk. For that reason, your oral surgeon may advise against this option.

Xenografts

Like autografts and allografts, xenografts are living tissue. However, the source of this type of bone graft is either a cow or a pig. Bovine and porcine tissue are biocompatible for use within the jawbone, and a xenograft offers a high rate of jawbone regeneration.

Alloplasts

An alloplast isn’t living tissue — it’s synthetic, man-made grafting material. The material, comprised of surgical-grade resins, calcium sulfate, calcium phosphate and a host of other minerals known to encourage jawbone regeneration, has a long history of safe use. That said, this is the least common choice of most oral surgeons.

Selecting a Type of Dental Bone Graft

If your oral surgeon says grafting is essential to prepare for dental implant surgery or to preserve your oral health, what type of bone grafting material will the procedure require?

Autografts are ideal in terms of bone regeneration, but you might not like the idea of harvesting your bone tissue. On the other hand, you may be opposed to xenografts and alloplasts due to your personal beliefs. Your oral surgeon will consult with you about which grafting material will work best for you.

With the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah team, getting a bone graft is a routine, simple procedure with a smooth and easy recovery. Our highly trained oral surgeons have over a decade of experience successfully treating northern Utah patients who experience jawbone atrophy.

Contact Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah in Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele today to schedule a dental bone graft consultation.

Jaw Dislocation and the Risk of TMJ Disorder

Jaw dislocation is an injury to one or both the temporomandibular joints that attach the lower jawbone to the skull.

If you dislocate your jaw, you’ll have facial pain, your bite will be misaligned and you may not be able to close your mouth. An experienced oral surgeon can correct the problem, but you may develop ongoing issues with the temporomandibular joints, a condition known as TMJ disorder.

Jaw dislocation can cause TMJ disorder

An Oral Surgeon Can Correct a Dislocated Jaw

Treating a jaw dislocation is usually a relatively simple process that involves manual manipulation of the lower jawbone. However, the procedure requires the skill of an oral surgeon or another experienced health care provider.

After taking X-rays to confirm the jaw dislocation, the oral surgeon will use local anesthetic and muscle relaxant medication to relieve pain and loosen the facial muscles. Next, using the thumbs, the surgeon moves the dislocated jaw back into the correct position and takes an X-ray to ensure the treatment was successful. Finally, the jaw is bandaged to prevent the mouth from opening too widely.

In some cases, however, stabilizing the temporomandibular joints requires oral surgery. This is often the case with repeated dislocations.

Jaw Dislocation Can Lead to TMJ Disorder

For most patients who experience a jaw dislocation, the short-term prognosis is good. As long as the jawbone is kept stable and movement is limited, the injury should heal in about four to eight weeks.

The long-term outlook is not as rosy. For many patients, jaw dislocation leads to recurring pain and problems in the temporomandibular joints. Although TMJ disorder is not preventable, the chance of developing the condition can be minimized with proper care.

To relieve stress on the temporomandibular joints, oral surgeons recommend:

  • Taking smaller bites
  • Chewing on both sides of the mouth
  • Skipping hard, sticky and chewy foods
  • Avoiding clenching and grinding the teeth
  • Gently massaging the jaw muscles
  • Supporting the chin when yawning
  • Not using the teeth as tools

TMJ Disorder Treatment Options

Reducing stress on the temporomandibular joints can decrease the risk of TMJ disorder, but it doesn’t eliminate the possibility of developing the condition.

After healing from a dislocated jaw, patients should schedule a follow-up consultation with an oral surgeon. At this appointment, the surgeon can analyze their jaw structure and movement pattern to determine the likelihood of TMJ disorder.

If the temporomandibular joints are expected to have ongoing problems, creating a treatment plan is the next step. Often, this involves the same stress-relieving measures listed above, though some patients may require a stabilization splint or mouthguard. Treating TMJ disorder may also involve other conservative therapies, such as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) or trigger-point injections.

In cases of persistent temporomandibular joint problems and recurrent jaw dislocations, oral surgery can be an effective solution.

For expert treatment in the greater Salt Lake City area, call on the professional team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah.

Dr. Partridge and Dr. Maxfield, our highly skilled oral surgeons, have extensive expertise treating conditions of the jaw, mouth and head. If you suffer a jaw dislocation or need help managing TMJ disorder, trust your care to Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah.

Dental Implant Surgery Helps Prevent Future Tooth Loss

Dental implant surgery is the optimal solution for tooth loss. Implanted teeth are nearly identical to natural teeth, and they’re permanent. With proper care, they should never require replacement.

What you may not realize about dental implant surgery is that it also helps ward off future tooth loss. How can replacing one missing tooth prevent you from losing others?

Prevent future tooth loss with dental implants

Here’s What Happens When You Lose a Tooth

When you lose a tooth, you experience these changes:

  • Your jawbone begins to degrade, as the tooth roots are no longer there to stimulate growth.
  • The adjacent teeth shift to fill the empty space, as they don’t have the support they need to maintain the proper position.
  • Your bite becomes misaligned, causing difficulty with eating and increasing your risk of developing jaw joint problems.
  • Your face begins to look aged and sunken as a result of ongoing bone loss in the jaw.

As the mouth changes, maintaining good oral hygiene becomes more difficult. That, combined with jawbone degradation, can cause your remaining teeth to loosen. So if you choose to leave a gap in your smile, you face a significantly higher risk of future tooth loss.

How Dental Implant Surgery Prevents These Problems

Dental implants help eliminate the problems you would ordinarily face after tooth loss and makes the risk of future tooth loss less likely — but how?

An implanted tooth has three parts: the crown (the visible portion) a connector piece called an abutment and a titanium post. The post acts as a replacement tooth root, stimulating bone growth in the jaw.

If you get implant surgery, your jawbone won’t degrade and cause you to look older. And by filling the gap in your grin, your remaining teeth will stay in their proper spots, which means your bite won’t become misaligned. All of this adds up to a decreased risk of future tooth loss.

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implant Surgery?

Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that helps you avoid future tooth loss — but are you a good candidate for implanted teeth?

Most often, the answer is yes. If you’re healthy enough for a routine dental procedure, your oral surgeon will likely give you the green light for implant surgery. However, if it’s been some time since you lost your tooth, you may need to have a minor bone graft first. A bone graft will increase your jawbone density, giving your implant the solid base of support it needs.

Are you missing one or more of your teeth? If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants, schedule a professional consultation at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah. Our board-certified oral surgeons, Dr. Partridge and Dr. Maxfield, specialize in replacing missing teeth and have more than a decade of experience in implant surgery.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, serving the greater Salt Lake City area, has three convenient northern Utah locations. If you’re living with tooth loss, contact us today to discuss dental implant surgery.

Get the Facts About Corrective Jaw Surgery

Corrective jaw surgery can solve many mouth- and jaw-related issues, leaving you with a strong, healthy smile.

The idea of surgical treatment can seem daunting, and many patients put off procedures that could improve their quality of life. If you have problems with your mouth or jaws, consulting with an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon could be to your advantage. Meanwhile, you might find the following facts about corrective jaw surgery helpful.

Facts about corrective jaw surgery

Oral Surgeons Perform Jaw Surgery for Many Reasons

Jaw correction surgery isn’t only for the purpose of repairing birth defects and serious facial injuries. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons may also recommend surgical treatment for people who have:

  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Chronic facial pain
  • A protruding or receding chin
  • An open bite (teeth don’t meet)
  • Significant tooth wear
  • An excessively gummy smile
  • An unbalanced facial appearance

Jaw correction surgery can also be an effective treatment for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Better Function Is the Goal, but Jaw Surgery Offers Other Benefits

Jaw correction surgery alleviates functional problems to improve a patient’s quality of life. The benefits that come with treatment go beyond function, however. Surgery can eliminate pain, make eating easier and allow for clearer speech. Procedures also correct aesthetic issues, leaving patients with beautiful, symmetrical smiles.

Jaw Surgery May Require a Long-Term Commitment

In many cases, jaw correction surgery involves more than a single procedure. Patients often require a series of procedures over the course of several months or even several years. Resolving functional problems may also require oral and maxillofacial surgery as well as orthodontic treatment. Due to the time it takes, planning the timing for treatment takes careful thought.

Should You Consider Corrective Jaw Surgery?

If a mouth- or jaw-related problem is creating functional difficulties or an off-balance appearance, jaw correction surgery could be the right solution. The same may be true if you suffer from TMJ disorder or obstructive sleep apnea and cannot find relief through conservative treatment measures.

However, to determine if corrective jaw surgery is in your best interests, you’ll need to consult with an experienced local oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a qualified orthodontist. The two professionals will need to collaborate to create an effective treatment plan.

If you live in the greater Salt Lake City area or the surrounding northern Utah region, schedule a professional consultation with the team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah.

Our highly skilled, board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Dr. Partridge and Dr. Maxfield, have over 10 years of experience successfully correcting mouth- and jaw-related problems. We can determine the least-invasive approach to giving you a functional, beautiful smile.

With three convenient northern Utah offices located in Cottonwood Heights, Toole and South Jordan, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah makes committing to a long-term treatment plan much easier. If you’re considering corrective jaw surgery, contact us to schedule a consultation today.

Don’t Ignore the Snore: Sleep Apnea Poses a Serious Health Threat

Did you know that snoring is the most common warning sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

Sometimes snoring is a simple annoyance, nothing more than a consequence of having a deviated septum, enlarged tonsils or another anatomical issue in the nose or throat. Snoring can also be related to aging, respiratory illness, excess weight or having a nightcap before bed.

In many cases, however, snoring points to obstructive sleep apnea, a serious and potentially life-threatening disorder.

Signs that you might have obstructive sleep apnea

Risks of Untreated Sleep Apnea

OSA sufferers experience breathing interruptions during sleep due to a narrowing or blockage of their airway. The repeated stops and starts decrease the amount of oxygen in the blood, which puts the body under stress and causes the heart to work harder.

Untreated sleep apnea increases the risk of several dangerous health problems, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Heart disease
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes

In addition, OSA can lead to problems with concentration, which can negatively affect your work performance and increase the risk of workplace accidents. This sleep disorder creates a danger on the roads, too, as drivers with untreated OSA are at risk of falling asleep at the wheel.

Other Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea

Loud, habitual snoring is just one of the warning signs of OSA. Other common symptoms include:

    • Choking or gasping sounds during sleep
    • Frequent nighttime trips to the bathroom
    • Waking with a dry mouth or sore throat
    • Morning headaches
    • Excessive daytime sleepiness
    • Moodiness or irritability
    • Memory loss
    • Decreased sexual desire

If you suffer from one or more of these OSA symptoms, contact an experienced oral surgeon for a professional evaluation as soon as possible.

Sleep Apnea Treatment Options

The best treatment for OSA varies from patient to patient. Strategies used to successfully treat this sleep disorder include:

Lifestyle changes
Losing weight, avoiding alcohol before bedtime and sleeping on your side — instead of your stomach or back — can benefit some OSA patients.

Positive airway pressure therapy
OSA treatment often involves the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. With proper use, the machine prevents the airway from collapsing during sleep.

Oral appliance therapy
In some cases, wearing an oral or dental appliance is an effective OSA treatment. The device repositions and stabilizes the lower jaw and tongue to keep the airway open.

Oral surgery
Oral surgery to permanently enlarge the airway can put an end to the sleep disorder, eliminating the need for a CPAP machine or dental appliance. Oral surgeons tailor treatment to the area of obstruction, and surgery may involve any of the structures in the nose, mouth, throat and jaw.

If you suspect you suffer from sleep apnea, schedule a professional evaluation with an oral surgeon who has experience treating this sleep disorder. In the greater Salt Lake City area, turn to Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah.

With three convenient northern Utah offices in Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan and Tooele, making an appointment at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah couldn’t be easier. Contact us today to schedule a professional evaluation for obstructive sleep apnea.

How to Deal with Wisdom Tooth Extraction Anxiety

Few patients look forward to wisdom tooth extraction. But for some, the idea of having this procedure can generate severe fear and anxiety.

If you’re worried about your upcoming tooth extraction, it’s important for you to know that this reaction is normal. Following our helpful tips can help curb your anxiety about having your wisdom teeth removed.

How to deal with wisdom tooth extraction anxiety

Talk to Your Oral Surgeon

Don’t hesitate to voice your concerns about wisdom tooth extraction to your oral surgeon and their team. We want you to feel at ease, and we can’t help if you don’t speak up.

Tell us why you’re worried and which aspects of the procedure are causing your anxiety. Feel free to ask questions, too. Having answers can help alleviate your fears, and our oral surgery staff is always happy to share our best tips for eliminating the jitters.

Focus on the Positives

Getting your wisdom teeth pulled may not be fun, but it’s beneficial to your ongoing oral health.

Have your third molars removed and you’ll decrease your risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay. And you won’t have to worry about your wisdom teeth creating problems with tooth alignment or damaging their neighbors as they erupt.

The pain will soon be a distant memory, but the benefits of having this procedure done will last a lifetime. In fact, a little discomfort now can help prevent a series of painful infections later.

Remember, Anesthesia Is Your Friend

Without anesthesia, wisdom tooth extraction would be unpleasant. Fortunately, you don’t have to grin and bear it. Oral surgeons provide a range of safe, effective anesthesia options.

Many anxious patients opt for laughing gas, also known as nitrous oxide. Simply breathe in the safe, odorless mixture and you’ll feel calm and worry-free. The tooth extraction will pass by in a flash and you won’t be in any pain during the procedure.

Intravenous (IV) sedation is another good choice for anyone with oral surgery anxiety. This type of anesthesia will put you into a pain-free “twilight sleep.” With IV sedation, you’re unlikely to even remember anything about your wisdom tooth extraction procedure.

With the right anesthesia and a compassionate, caring oral surgeon, getting your wisdom teeth removed can be a smooth and easy experience. Don’t let your worries prevent you from pursuing the treatment you need. Instead, turn to the professional team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah.

Dr. Partridge and Dr. Maxfield, along with the rest of our surgical staff, are committed to helping every patient feel safe and comfortable. At Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, your concerns are our concerns, and we’ll do whatever we can to put you at ease for your procedure. Contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office today to schedule your wisdom tooth extraction consultation.

When to Schedule Your Teen’s Wisdom Tooth Extraction

When is the best time to schedule wisdom tooth extraction? If your teen is in pain or has swelling in the third molar area, make an appointment as soon as possible.

However, if you’re considering proactive wisdom teeth removal to prevent future tooth and gum problems, you have a little more leeway. Rely on the advice of the professionals at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah to help you select a good time for your teen’s procedure.
Wisdom tooth extraction for teens

Consider the Recovery Period

Some teens bounce back quickly after wisdom tooth extraction, but most need two or three days to rest and recover. With complex procedures, recovery can take a week or longer.

Your oral surgeon will let you know ahead of time what to expect in terms of healing, but no one can predict exactly how long it will take your teen to recover. For that reason, scheduling wisdom teeth removal during a school break or in the summer is ideal. If the procedure is performed at one of those times, the recovery period won’t affect school attendance, sports participation or extracurricular activities.

Choose a Convenient Day

Planning tooth extraction around your teen’s school schedule makes sense, but you also need to choose a date that’s convenient for you.

You’ll need to provide transportation to and from the appointment. And regardless of how well your teen handles the procedure, you might want to offer some TLC afterward — or at least stay nearby to help as needed. Thus oral surgeons recommend scheduling wisdom teeth removal on a day when you don’t have work or other obligations.

Don’t Postpone Wisdom Tooth Extraction for Too Long

If your teen’s wisdom teeth are trouble-free, you can schedule extraction whenever the timing makes sense. That said, you shouldn’t put the procedure on the back burner for too long.

The third molars are notorious for causing dental issues, and just because your teen doesn’t have a problem now doesn’t mean their luck will continue. Pain, inflammation or infection could pop up at any point, leading to emergency wisdom teeth removal — and the timing may not be so convenient.

Here at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, we understand that deciding when to schedule wisdom teeth removal can be a challenge. However, school breaks are busy times for us, so planning ahead is wise.

With three Salt Lake City-area offices and two highly skilled, board-certified oral surgeons, making an appointment at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah couldn’t be easier. Contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office and schedule your teen’s wisdom tooth extraction today.