One service provided by Greg G. Pitts DDS of American Fork, UT, is that of wisdom teeth removal. Wisdom tooth extraction is a common solution to these troublesome third molars. Because the wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt through the gum line, typically in one’s late teen years or in early adulthood, they are more likely to become an issue for a patient.

Most patients have four wisdom teeth, one in each corner of the dental arch. Because these teeth are so far back in the mouth, they can become impacted or stuck under the gum line. Sometimes they turn and push against the other teeth. In some instances, they may develop above the gum line but can be difficult to brush and floss making them a contributor to periodontal disease or tooth decay. At this point, many patients are advised by Greg G. Pitts DDS to undergo wisdom tooth extraction.

What methods of sedation are offered for the removal of wisdom teeth?

Greg G. Pitts DDS wants patients to feel comfortable from start to finish, so he offers a wide selection of sedation and anesthetic options, including:

  • Nitrous oxide
  • Local anesthetic injections
  • Oral conscious sedation
  • IV sedation
  • General sedation

What is involved in wisdom teeth surgery?

Two types of extractions may be performed to remove wisdom teeth, including simple extraction and surgical extraction. A simple extraction is performed on teeth above the gum line, which can be easily pulled from the jaw bone socket, while impacted wisdom teeth removal is done via surgical extraction, which requires the dentist to cut into the soft gum tissues to access the tooth and surgically remove it from the jaw bone.

Call Greg G. Pitts DDS Aesthetic and Sports Dentistry today

Whether you live in the area of American Fork, UT, or any of the surrounding areas, we understand that choosing a dentist for wisdom tooth removal can be overwhelming. If you reside in the areas of Pleasant Grove, Lindon, Alpine, Cedar Hills, or other cities around American Fork, UT, we can help. Call our office at (801) 758-0019 to request a consultation visit at 9 North 1100 E and learn more about dental extractions with our dedicated professionals.