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Can Wisdom Teeth Cause Ear Pain?

Wisdom teeth removal can be spurred by a number of situations, including discomfort and crowding—but can wisdom teeth cause ear pain?

Problems with Wisdom Teeth

Although some people may go their entire life without any pain related to their wisdom teeth, this is not typical. Wisdom teeth become problematic when there isn’t enough room in your mouth for the teeth to fully come in.
Way back when our ancestors were hunters and gatherers, people had much larger jaws to accommodate more teeth used for chewing and grinding roots, tough meats, and other foods. In today’s world, our foods are prepared differently and are much easier to chew, negating the need for big strong wisdom teeth. Our jaws have since adapted and are smaller, causing problems when wisdom teeth grow in.
Too-small jaws can lead to wisdom teeth being impacted or even infected. Both are extremely painful!

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

When wisdom teeth cause ear pain, that’s a pretty good sign that they are impacted. This is caused by the tooth being blocked from fully erupting through the gums.
If a wisdom tooth’s path to erupting is blocked, it grows in at an angle and wreaks havoc on your gums and jaw. Some of the signs of an impacted wisdom tooth include:

  • Ear pain
  • Swelling, tenderness, and pain in gums
  • Bad breath
  • Achy jaw
  • Difficulty opening mouth

When it comes to wisdom teeth pain, don’t wait to speak to a professional. Removing impacted wisdom teeth in a timely manner will prevent infection and any further problems that could arise by leaving them in longer than necessary.

Infected Wisdom Teeth

Impacted wisdom teeth that are left untreated can cause infection. Brushing and flossing around impacted or partially erupted teeth is difficult, so food and bacteria can easily be caught in the teeth leading to tooth decay. Even more problematic is the likelihood that those bacteria will enter the gums, causing infection deep in the gums and jaw. Wisdom teeth infections come with their own set of nasty symptoms, including:

  • Pus from the gum
  • Sore throat
  • Difficult swallowing
  • Fever
  • Tender and inflamed gum
  • Pain near the infection site

If you experience these symptoms, speak with your dentist or oral surgeon promptly since infections can become serious very quickly.

When to Remove Wisdom Teeth

As a general rule of thumb, wisdom teeth should be removed when they start causing problems. For most adults, that’s between the ages of 17 and 21, but your dentist or oral surgeon can help you know when the time is right. Pain in your jaw, gums, and ear are a good sign that you should talk with an oral surgeon sooner rather than later.

Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah is Here

If you’re suffering from an earache and wondering if wisdom teeth cause ear pain, our team at Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah is here to help. Impacted or infected wisdom teeth don’t stand a chance against us. Our board-certified oral surgeons are experienced in wisdom teeth extraction, dental implants, jaw surgeries, and more. We have offices in Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan, and Tooele, Utah. Schedule your free consultation today!

Can Wisdom Teeth Cause Ear Pain

Can Laughing Gas Make You Sleepy?

Laughing gas, also known as nitrous oxide, is a colorless and mildly sweet-smelling gas that is administered via a small mask that fits over the nose.

It promotes calmness by slowing down the body’s reaction time, but can it make you feel sleepy?

Calming Effects of Laughing Gas on Patients

By slowing down reaction time, this gas decreases an individual’s awareness and sensations of what is happening during a dental visit. It may reduce anxiety levels, induce relaxation, decrease the gag reflex, and raise the pain threshold. These effects allow procedures that might otherwise be uncomfortable feel tolerable, and even comfortable, while still making it possible for the patient to respond to questions and communicate during the procedure.

Laughing Gas and Sleep

While this gas is specifically designed to help patients remain calm during procedures, it is not intended to induce sleep. Some people may become so relaxed that they doze off, but this is not typical. The nitrous oxide flows through the mask, often paired with oxygen so that it acts quickly, and the effects are usually felt within a few minutes of inhalation. Additionally, after the gas is turned off, it leaves the system within five minutes, making it safe to drive home afterward. If you do fall asleep while breathing in this gas, be sure to allow yourself some extra time for the drowsiness to wear off before attempting to operate a vehicle.

Potential Negative Side Effects of Nitrous Oxide

This gas is generally considered to be the safest form of sedation, and it can even be used on a variety of patients whose medical conditions or diagnoses may preclude them from other forms of sedation. It is worth noting that most people who use this gas experience no negative reactions at all, but there are some potential negative side effects. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Mental confusion
  • Leg pain and/or numbness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness and headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sweating or shivering

Very uncommonly, people may experience hallucinations or sound distortion. Most of the time, these negative effects wear off within a few minutes of the gas being removed. If you experience any of these uncomfortable side effects during your visit, it may be worth chatting with your dental provider about your experience and discussing alternative options for sedation.
It is also possible, though quite rare, to have allergic reactions including fever, chills, hives, wheezing, or difficulty breathing. If you experience any of these symptoms after inhaling nitrous oxide, seek medical help right away.

Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah is Here for You

Whether you are wondering about using laughing gas for an upcoming procedure or are already pro with nitrous oxide, Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah is here to answer any and all questions you might have. We would love to discuss your oral health and any procedures you might need, including options for sedation. We have offices in South Jordan, Cottonwood Heights, and Tooele, Utah. Schedule a free consultation today.

Can Laughing Gas Make You Sleepy?

Most Common Oral Surgeries for Children

Whether due to an unexpected accident or some problems with a growing mouth and teeth, the need for oral surgeries for children may arise at any time.

For parents and children alike, oral surgery can be a scary thought. Knowing what situations may require a surgery, as well as what to expect during oral surgery, can help ease anxiety and offer reassurance.

Types of Oral Surgeries for Children

Though the reasons your child might need oral surgery are many and varied, these are the most common dental
surgeries for children.

  • Tooth extraction:
  • Most of the time, when a tooth extraction for a child is recommended, it is for orthodontic reasons. It may be suggested to have wisdom teeth, permanent teeth, or even baby teeth pulled if your child has a small jaw and may face issues with crowding. Removing these teeth early can help with proper alignment as new teeth erupt.

  • Frenectomy:
  • A frenectomy is a fairly simple and straightforward surgery to remove extra folds of soft tissue in the mouth, typically in the middle of the upper lip and gum or under the tongue. While some tissue there is essential for keeping the lip and tongue in place, excess tissue can lead to problems and may be recommended for removal.

  • Exposure of non-erupted or impacted teeth:
  • Occasionally, a child’s permanent teeth may become impacted (blocked or made unable to break through the gum) and not erupt for various reasons. Canine teeth, in particular, may have issues with not erupting properly but are essential for the proper formation of the mouth and teeth as a child grows. To treat teeth that are impacted or not erupting, they may need oral surgery to help expose them and guide them into place.

  • Treatment of injury or trauma:
  • accidents may cause children to need a large variety of oral surgeries. Deep cuts in or around the mouth, jaw fractures, knocked out teeth (particularly the accidental loss of permanent teeth) may all require oral surgeries.

What to Expect When Your Child Needs Oral Surgery

It’s not uncommon for children and adolescents to be anxious about visiting the oral surgeon, especially if they’ve undergone trauma to their mouth, face or jaw. Finding the right oral surgeon can help ease the anxieties in your child and yourself. Make sure you find an oral surgeon who makes you and your child feel comfortable, safe, and in control.

Once you find the right oral surgeon, he or she will examine your child and determine what, if any, treatment is needed and then make a plan for treatment with you. This discussion should include insurance and payment options as well as what to expect during the surgery and what the steps to treatment will be, including anesthesia. After the surgery, they will provide steps for recovery and postoperative care. According to the America/s Pediatric Dentists, special care should also be given to make sure children are able to maintain caloric and fluid/electrolyte intake before and after surgery.

Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah is Here for You

Oral surgeries for children can be a scary thing, but the board-certified oral health professionals at Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah can provide the assurance and calm that you need to proceed with confidence in treating your child. Our surgeons have broad experience performing a myriad of oral surgeries while ensuring our patients feel comfortable and safe.

We have offices in Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan, and Tooele, Utah. Schedule a free consultation today!

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What Materials Make up Dental Implants?

One of the greatest advances to modern dentistry in recent years is the development of dental implants.

If you have gaps in your smile from missing teeth, have an accident that knocks teeth out, or have had to have teeth pulled, these implants might be right for you. But what materials make up the implants that we put in our mouths? First, let’s take a look at what these implants are, and then the various materials that make them up.

What are Dental Implants?

These implants are screws that are placed into the jaw to act as an anchor and support artificial teeth such as crowns or dentures. Implants are a great long term solution to restoring smiles. They are made to blend in with the other teeth to look as natural as possible and are more comfortable and much lower maintenance than removable dentures. Additionally, these implants are not susceptible to decay like natural teeth are. As long as the gums remain healthy, implants can last for a very long time.

Materials in Dental Implants

  • Titanium – Nearly all implants are made of titanium alloy, a very safe metal that poses no harm to existing living tissue in the mouth. Allergies to titanium are extremely rare, and the same material is used in hip implants, shoulder implants, and knee implants. Titanium has been the leading material for implants since its first use in the 1960s. The most common complaints against titanium implants are about their color and an aversion to having metal in the mouth. In most cases, however, the benefits of using titanium implants far outweigh the drawbacks.
  • Zirconia – Ceramic implants, made of zirconia, are much newer to the dental industry and are increasing in popularity and use. Zirconia is an element derived from minerals. When formed into implants and/or crowns, it’s white in color, which many people prefer to the silver metal appearance of titanium. The idea of a “metal-free” implant is also appealing to many individuals, contributing to the increasing numbers of ceramic implants. For those with titanium allergies, a ceramic implant may be their only option. The largest drawback to zirconia implants in the dental industry is the newness of it. While titanium implants have been tested, studied, and reviewed for nearly 60 years, ceramic implants have had very little time to have medical studies done, proving the long term effectiveness. It seems that ceramic implants will never fully replace titanium implants, but instead provide a solid alternative for those seeking a metal-free implant option.
  • Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah is Your Dental Implant Expert

    The decision to get dental implants can be stressful. The board-certified oral surgeons at Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah are experts in dental implant insertion. If you’re worried about needing implants or choosing an implant material, we can answer all of your questions and do our best to set your mind at ease. We have offices in South Jordan, Cottonwood Heights, and Tooele, Utah. Schedule your free consultation today.

    What Materials Make up Dental Implants?

Can TMJ Go Away on its Own?

Do you suffer from jaw pain or difficulty opening and closing your mouth? Temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ, might be to blame.

Many patients with TMJ ask the same question: can my TMJ go away on its own?

Causes and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

The causes of TMJ are varied, and it can be difficult to determine what the specific cause is in any given patient. They include misalignment of the teeth or jaw, jaw or tooth injury, teeth grinding and clenching, arthritis, poor posture, stress, and even excessive gum chewing. TMJ disorder is more common in women than in men

Symptoms of TMJ are jaw pain and tenderness, aching in or around the ear, difficulty chewing or pain while chewing, facial pain and/or the jaw being locked, making it difficult to open or close the mouth. TMJ can also cause jaw clicking, but if there’s no pain associated with the clicking then there’s typically no need to see a doctor for jaw clicking alone.

Temporary Jaw Pain vs. More Serious TMJ

When dealing with jaw pain, it can be helpful to identify the severity of the situation. It’s worth noting that most cases of TMJ are only temporary and do not get worse. If your jaw pain comes and goes throughout the day, can be relieved by over-the-counter pain medication or doesn’t bother you for extended periods, you are likely dealing with a less serious form of temporary TMJ. The good news is that this type of jaw pain can typically be easily managed on your own using these and other self-care practices.

  • Relaxation and stress reduction techniques to reduce teeth clenching
  • Applying ice packs to the affected area
  • Eating soft foods
  • Avoiding extreme jaw movements
  • Gentle jaw stretching
  • Over-the-counter pain medication

Unfortunately, for those with more serious TMJ, these self-care techniques are similar to using a bandaid to treat a deep wound. While the pain may be eased temporarily, the underlying causes and the TMJ itself still remain. Because of the poor likelihood that TMJ will go away on its own, it’s important that you speak to an oral health professional if you suspect you might have TMJ.

Treatment Options

In addition to the treatment options mentioned above, a good place to start when treating TMJ is physical therapy. Do your research and find a therapist with experience in treating TMJ. Acupuncture has also been proven to be helpful in many cases. If further treatment is needed, a dentist might recommend a mouth guard, especially if you grind your teeth.

Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah Can Help

If jaw pain persists despite at-home treatment, it might be time to seek professional advice. TMJ will not likely go away on it’s own, but the board-certified oral surgeons at Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah are experienced in various surgical treatments for TMJ disorders. Schedule a free consultation today! We have offices in Cottonwood Heights, Tooele, and South Jordan.

Can TMJ Go Away on its Own?

How a Bad Dental Visit Can Affect Future Visits

Everyone is scared of something, but not all fears are equal. One bad dental visit can be all it takes to develop dentophobia, a fear of the dentist.

Continue reading to learn more about this fear. 

Information on Dentophobia

Phobias fall under the anxiety disorder umbrella because they’re consistent and often irrational. Although it’s normal to feel nervous about dentist appointments, individuals with dentophobia experience dread. Some people with this fear avoid specific procedures, such as root canal treatment. Others tremble the moment they sit on the dentist’s chair. Some patients can’t stand the sight of dental instruments, such as drills and scalers. 

According to WebMD, 9-20 percent of Americans have dental anxiety. So, what causes it? Keep reading to find out. 

Causes of Dental Anxiety

Algophobia: This is the fear of pain, and it’s most common in people over age 65. Pain thresholds vary, and some people can undergo invasive procedures without pain, whereas others may have an adverse reaction to a checkup. 

Trypanophobia: This is the fear of needles, and it’s most common in children. Most adults outgrow this fear as their pain threshold increases. Sadly, some people never outgrow it, and it can impact their oral and general health because they don’t want to receive vital injections; this can result in a higher risk of illness. 

Latrophobia: This is the fear of doctors. People with this fear not only avoid their dentists, but they also refuse to see their general practitioner. They may delay or avoid crucial treatment for life-threatening conditions. 

Emetophobia: This is the fear of vomiting. Many people with dentophobia have this underlying fear because dentists ask them to hold their mouth open for treatment. A person with emetophobia may have a strong gag reflex, so they may worry that their throat muscles will contract during their appointment. 

Trauma: The most common cause of dentophobia (and other phobias) is trauma. Perhaps you went through a bad dental visit when you were a child, and you didn’t know how to cope. 

Effects of Dentophobia

Tooth decay: Plaque is a combination of food particles and bacteria. When you go to the dentist, they will perform a dental cleaning to remove this film. However, people with dentophobia may skip out on these cleanings, and they will need invasive procedures, such as root canal treatment or dental crowns, as a result. 

Gum disease: Untreated tooth decay can result in gum disease. Plaque can spread to the gums, causing swelling and bleeding; this can lead to periodontal disease. 

Teeth stains: Drinking coffee, tea, or wine can stain teeth. Individuals with dentophobia may have tooth discoloration from a lack of professional cleaning. 

Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah is Here for You

Don’t let one bad dental visit prevent you from receiving oral care. At Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah, our board-certified surgeons will prioritize your comfort. We specialize in tooth extraction, dental implant insertion, bone grafting, corrective jaw surgery, and more. 

We have offices in South Jordan, Cottonwood Heights, and Tooele. Schedule your free consultation today

How a Bad Dental Visit Can Affect Future Visits

Is Tooth Infection Painful?

A tooth infection often results in dental abscess due to bacteria, which enter chipped, broken, or decaying teeth. 

When bacteria reach the center of your tooth and infect it, pus can accumulate, resulting in a toothache.

Continue reading to learn more about abscessed teeth. 

What Makes Tooth Infection Painful? 

An abscessed tooth can cause mild to severe pain that can radiate to your ears and neck. If left untreated, it can turn into a life-threatening condition. You should visit the emergency room if you have an abscessed tooth and experience the following:

  • Swelling in the face
  • High fever
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Confusion

Learn about the symptoms of dental infection below. 

Symptoms of Tooth Abscess

  • A throbbing, intense pain in the affected tooth or gum that gradually worsens
  • Pain that spreads to your jaw, ear, and neck on the infected tooth or gum side.
  • Pain that increases when you lie down, disturbing your sleep
  • Swelling and redness in the face and neck
  • A discolored, tender, loose tooth
  • Swollen red gums
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks
  • An unpleasant taste in your mouth or bad breath

In extreme cases, you may find it difficult to fully open your mouth to the point where you can’t talk or swallow. 

How Can I Relieve the Pain?

Most people who suffer from dental infection will need to consult with their dentist or oral surgeon to seek treatment, which may include oral surgery. In the meantime, you can do the following at home:

  • Take painkillers
  • Avoid hot or cold food and drinks
  • Eating soft foods using the opposite side of your mouth
  • Using a soft toothbrush and temporarily stop flossing on the side of the infected tooth

Once you visit your dentist or oral surgeon, they can treat the source of infection by draining out the pus. Depending on the location and severity of the abscess, possible treatments include:

  • Root canal treatment: A procedure to remove the abscess from the root of an infected tooth before filling and sealing it. 
  • Surgically removing an infected tooth through extraction; this may be necessary if you’re ineligible for a root canal. 
  • Incision and drainage: Your oral surgeon may make an incision in your gum to drain the abscess. However, this is only a temporary solution, and you may need to receive additional treatment. 

Your surgeon might numb your mouth using a local anesthetic, which will only affect the treated area. If you’re undergoing a more invasive procedure, they may apply general anesthesia, which will put you to sleep. Although general anesthesia may sound intimidating, some patients prefer it because they would rather be unconscious during surgery. 

Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah Can Help

A tooth infection may start small, but it can impact your daily life as it spreads. The board-certified oral surgeons at Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah specialize in tooth extraction, bone grafting, dental implant insertion, and more. We promise to provide you with the best surgery experience possible while prioritizing your comfort. We have offices in South Jordan, Cottonwood Heights, and Tooele. Schedule your free consultation today

Is Tooth Infection Painful?

Why Do Dentists Use Laughing Gas?

Dentists use laughing gas for a variety of oral surgeries. If you need it for your procedure, it doesn’t mean something is wrong with your teeth.

Are you scared of anesthesia? Let us reassure you that it’s a safe option for most people in today’s blog.

What is Laughing Gas?

You may have seen movies and TV shows where patients uncontrollably laugh when receiving a dose of laughing gas. These portrayals make anesthesia look like a blast! But is this really how it works?

Laughing gas, also known as Nitrous oxide, is an odorless, invisible gas that dentists and oral surgeons use to calm anxious patients. It received its name because of the euphoric state it puts patients in when they inhale it. Professionals administer it using a breathing mask that fits over the patient’s nose. Although this gas doesn’t put patients to sleep, it calms their nervous system.

Discover why dentists and oral surgeons use this mild anesthetic in today’s blog.

Why We Use It

Dentists use laughing gas for most procedures, such as crowns, root canals, fillings, and ones that require them to drill into a patient’s tooth to extract decaying matter. If they didn’t use anesthetics, oral surgery would be painful, even if they did everything correctly.

For instance, root canal treatment is a standard, mild procedure. Oral surgeons remove diseased and inflamed pulp tissue and nerves. You don’t want to experience this uncomfortable sensation, which is why dentists swear by laughing gas.

Nitrous oxide numbs your mouth’s nerves to prevent them from transmitting pain signals to your brain; you won’t be able to interpret oral surgery as painful. After dental surgery, it’s common to feel mild discomfort, which is often the result of needle penetration in your gums or mouth muscles. However, laughing gas protects you from experiencing excruciating pain.

Effects of Nitrous Oxide on Your Brain

For some people, laughing gas isn’t all fun and games. When you inhale this gas, it displaces the air in your lungs and prevents oxygen from reaching your brain and blood. That’s right—oxygen deprivation is what causes you to giggle. Don’t worry; we promise it’s not as scary as it sounds!

It takes less than two minutes for the effects to wear off. You may experience mild side effects under laughing gas, such as confusion and leg pain or numbness. Some patients experience the following:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Excessive sweating
  • Shivers

If you feel like laughing gas isn’t right for you after learning these side effects, you can ask your dentist or oral surgeon to administer alternative anesthetics. However, you should know that most patients won’t experience them.

Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah is Here for You

Although most oral surgeons and dentists use laughing gas as their primary anesthetic, you have other options, such as topical or local anesthesia. At Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah, our board-certified surgeons will prioritize your needs. We specialize in tooth extraction, dental implant insertion, bone grafting, corrective jaw surgery, and more. We have offices in South Jordan, Cottonwood Heights, and Tooele. Schedule your free consultation today.

Why Do Dentists Use Laughing Gas?

How Can I Prevent a Dry Socket After Oral Surgery?

After tooth extraction, a protective blood clot forms over the tooth’s socket. You must prevent dry socket so that your healing isn’t prolonged.

Continue reading to learn about this condition.

Information on Dry Socket

A blood clot protects your bone’s nerve endings after oral surgery. Unfortunately, sometimes the blood clot doesn’t form or becomes dislodged, resulting in bone and nerve exposure. Not only does this condition delay healing, but it’s also painful.

Keep reading to learn about dry socket symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

Symptoms

Feeling discomfort after tooth extraction, such as minor swelling and soreness, is normal. However, if your pain worsens or lingers for more than a week, you may have a dry socket. Symptoms include:

  • Missing blood clot
  • Bad taste
  • Foul smell radiating from the socket
  • Aching or throbbing pain in your gum or jaw, which resembles that of a toothache
  • Pain that spreads to the rest of your face

Treatment

Your oral surgeon may recommend the following treatment options:

  • Irrigating the extraction site to lift food and debris
  • Using a medicated dressing over the site until it heals
  • Packing the site with zinc oxide-eugenol paste to reduce pain and swelling
  • Prescribing medication, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Advice to Prevent Dry Socket

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you should avoid the following:

Smoking: Smoking can delay healing and increase blood pressure, leading to more bleeding.

Alcohol: Drinking alcohol—which includes swishing mouthwash—for a day. You may need to avoid consuming any alcohol products for a week, depending on your healing journey. If you drink beer or use mouthwash the same day as your surgery, your blood clot is more likely to dislodge. Alcohol can stimulate extra bleeding, delaying your recovery.

Physical activities: Avoid strenuous activities, such as exercise and heavy lifting, for at least one day after surgery to prevent bleeding and allow blood clot formation. For instance, playing jump rope can dislodge a blood clot that’s still forming, causing pain or infection.

Creating suction: Drinking through a straw creates suction, which can loosen your clot and prolong healing.

Vigorous mouth rinsing: You can still rinse your mouth after oral surgery, but you should gently avoid disturbing your clot. Stick to small swishes and warm water.

Postoperative Care

The best way to care for your tooth extraction site is by following your oral surgeon’s instructions. Specific guidance varies depending on the number of teeth removed, but it often includes the following:

  • Avoid chewing on the side of the extraction site.
  • Eat soft foods to minimize the risk of damaging your socket. Avoid crunchy foods because they can get stuck in the extraction site.
  • Don’t drink hot or carbonated beverages because they can cause a burning sensation in your socket.

Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah Can Help

Even if you follow our advice to prevent dry socket, you might still develop it. The board-certified oral surgeons at Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah can help you experience relief if you develop this condition and answer all your questions. We specialize in tooth extraction, dental implant insertion, bone grafting, and more.

We have offices in South Jordan, Cottonwood Heights, and Tooele. Schedule your free consultation today.

How Can I Prevent a Dry Socket After Oral Surgery?

Do All Wisdom Teeth Need Removing?

Patients often ask their dentist or oral surgeon if all four of their wisdom teeth need removing, even if they aren’t causing problems. 

Even if all four of them are free of infection, or if only one of them is causing trouble, an oral surgeon may recommend removing all of them at once. Continue reading to learn more. 

Why Do All Four Wisdom Teeth Need Removing? 

Because of their discrete location at the back of the mouth, these teeth are difficult to keep free of food and plaque, trapping harmful bacteria that can contribute to decay, infection, and gum disease. If your wisdom teeth are underneath your gums, they can still cause problems. 

Discover the benefits of removing all four molars below. 

The Importance of Removing All Four at Once

  • Most oral surgeons find it easier to remove wisdom teeth in younger patients because their molars’ roots aren’t fully developed, surrounding bone is softer, and there’s a lower risk of damaging nerves and other structures. Unfortunately, surgical complications are more common in adult patients. 
  • Removing wisdom teeth in separate appointments is time-consuming, and a patient will need to request more time off from school or work.
  • Each additional procedure requires more days to heal, meaning you will need to restrict your diet multiple times. It will be as if you underwent four separate surgeries. 
  • If you keep some of your molars, you will need to schedule additional visits so that your oral surgeon can perform routine inspections and X-rays. 
  • It will be more expensive to visit your surgeon multiple times for additional tooth extraction surgeries if your remaining molars become painful. 

Risks of Keeping Wisdom Teeth

On rare occasions, keeping all four wisdom teeth is reasonable; however, this decision is up to your oral surgeon. In most cases, keeping them can result in the following:

  • Damage to neighboring teeth
  • Unrestorable cavities
  • Pathologies, such as cysts, abscesses, and tumors
  • Infections and other periodontal diseases 

What Will Happen During My Initial Consultation?

During your first visit, your oral surgeon will take advanced 3D X-rays to determine if your wisdom teeth are impacted and need removal. They will discuss treatment options with you and ask questions about your overall health. If they find that removing all four molars is risky, they will create an appropriate treatment plan for you; however, most people can extract all four teeth at once.

 Many people are scared of oral surgery, so you should address any qualms with your surgeon to accommodate you. For instance, some people have dental phobia and need entertainment options during appointments. Make sure you understand your surgeon’s preoperative and postoperative instructions to minimize complications.

Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah is Here for You

If you’re wondering if all four of your wisdom teeth need removing, you can schedule an appointment with the board-certified oral surgeons at Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah. We will advise you on how to proceed with your surgery. 

We specialize in tooth extraction, corrective jaw surgery, bone grafting, dental implant insertion, and more. We have offices in Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan, and Tooele. Schedule your free consultation today.

Do All Wisdom Teeth Need Removing?