If you live in American Fork, Utah, and have questions about removing wisdom teeth, Dr. Greg G. Pitts and his team at Greg G. Pitts DDS have answers for you. Understanding wisdom teeth and how they can become impacted can help you make the decisions you need to make about whether or not you need to remove your wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth are sometimes called “third molars” and the last teeth that develop in your mouth. They usually begin to erupt in your late teens or early 20s.
These teeth are found far toward the back of the mouth, so they often become impacted.
When wisdom teeth start to come in, they affect the other teeth, causing them to become crooked as they push and turn against them. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause extreme pain.
Wisdom teeth can be removed via two different types of extraction:
Wisdom teeth removal is usually a major procedure, and Dr. Pitts offers three different sedation options in addition to local anesthetic injections and general sedation.
Nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) is administered through a mask that fits comfortably over your nose. As you breathe in the gas, you will feel euphoric and numb, but most of all, you’ll be relaxed enough for your dentist to remove your wisdom teeth easily.
Oral conscious sedation involves taking a pill orally before your procedure. You will feel groggy for between 30 to 60 minutes. However, you remain fully aware of what’s going on and responsive to your surroundings.
For oral surgery, Dr. Pitts will usually opt for IV sedation. When you’re sedated with IV, you don’t lose consciousness but are less aware of what’s happening around you. This type of sedation works very quickly.
For Dr. Greg Pitts, dentistry is not just a profession; he is passionate about providing the best possible care for patients. He earned his BS from Brigham Young University (BYU), Utah and his DDS from Creighton Dental School, Nebraska. He has been practicing dentistry in American Fork since 1999.
A member of the ADA, AGD, UDA, and American Academy of Sports Dentistry, Dr. Pitts is actively involved with Utah Valley athletics and works to raise awareness of the need for tooth protection in organized sports and recreational activities. He is the official dentist for the BYU and UVU athletic departments.