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Wisdom Teeth Removal

Impacted wisdom teeth can cause severe pain and have significant negative effects on your oral health, such as infection and misalignment.

Dr. Gregory E. Anderson is a board-certified maxillofacial surgeon who can provide safe, precise wisdom teeth removal to protect your oral health.

What can wisdom tooth removal in Logan, UT, do for me?

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Relief and Prevention

More Comfortable Treatment 

During wisdom tooth removal at our Garland and Logan offices, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the treatment area. Additionally, sedation can be provided to help you relax. After your procedure, you can expect relief from painful symptoms. 

Peace of Mind 

Many patients are worried about the effects their third molars may have on their smile. Once they are removed, you can enjoy the peace of mind that you no longer have to worry about related complications. 

An Effective Preventive Method

Patients with impacted teeth face a higher risk of periodontal disease and cavities, which can require extensive and often costly procedures if the issues are not addressed promptly. Removing your wisdom teeth before they become a problem is worth considering.

What happens when you neglect to remove a wisdom tooth?

Impacted teeth can damage surrounding teeth while causing others to shift out of alignment.

Is wisdom tooth removal a common procedure? 

A Common Need

According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

How do you know if you need your third molars removed? 

Your Doctor Can Identify Signs of Trouble

Decay

It can be difficult to reach your third molars since they are so far back in the bite. Once the tooth becomes decayed, it can cause surrounding teeth to also become decayed.

Bad Breath 

Impacted teeth can become infected, or cause surrounding gum tissue to become infected. Once an infection develops, you may notice a consistently bad taste in your mouth or chronic bad breath

Irritated Gums 

Your gums may begin to swell, turn red, and cause discomfort if they are being irritated by wisdom teeth. This disruption can also lead to gum disease

Crooked Teeth 

Often, there is not enough room in your bite for third molars to grow in. Your teeth may begin to shift out of alignment once these teeth finally erupt.

Sinus Issues 

Wisdom teeth in the upper jaw may be in such close proximity to your sinuses that you experience uncomfortable symptoms such as congestion, sinus pressure, and headaches. 

Are there any patients who are not candidates for wisdom tooth removal? 
I'm not even having symptoms. Is preventive treatment actually necessary?

Wisdom Tooth Removal Is Highly Recommended

While not every patient experiences complications or makes the decision to remove their wisdom teeth, Dr. Anderson highly recommends it for most patients. Despite your lack of symptoms now, wisdom teeth may cause issues down the line. Waiting to remove wisdom teeth can leave you at risk of infection if they do become impacted, misalignment if overcrowding occurs, or gum disease due to difficulty maintaining proper hygiene. Left untreated, these issues can lead to tooth loss, which will restorative treatments like dental implants. Because dental implant treatment is more expensive than wisdom tooth removal, undergoing surgery now can actually save you time, money, and discomfort in the long run. 

If you are hesitant, Dr. Anderson and his team can answer any questions you may have about the procedure.

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How does Dr. Anderson ensure the best possible results?

We Use Advanced Technology at Our Logan & Garland Offices

When preparing for your wisdom tooth removal, Dr. Anderson uses the latest technology. Tools such as digital x-rays allow him to closely evaluate your bite and plant treatment for the least disturbance to the surrounding tissues.

Dr. Anderson can also provide intravenous (IV) sedation, among other methods, to ensure you are comfortable throughout the procedure. Paired with his expert-level precision, you can expect to experience safe and effective wisdom tooth extraction. 

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Preparing  for Oral Surgery

Once your oral surgery is scheduled at our Logan, Utah, office, we will provide a detailed list of pre-operative instructions to ensure the safety and success of your upcoming procedure. Remember to: 

  • Refrain from eating or drinking anything the night before your surgery
  • Quit smoking, as it can increase the risk of complications and slow down healing 
  • Wear comfortable clothing, do not wear makeup, and remove nail polish 
  • Do not wear contact lenses to your appointment 
  • Prepare soft foods to consume upon your return home 
  • Purchase icepacks and tea bags to deal with post-operative swelling or bleeding 

Because this dentistry procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, you will return home on the same day of your surgery. However, you will need a reliable friend or family member to drive you home while the effects of your medication wear off. 

Our helpful team is always available to answer your questions, and we have helped many patients throughout Utah successfully recover from surgery and comfortably deal with aftereffects like swelling, bleeding, and pain. 

What to Expect on the Day of Surgery

Although the actual extent of your surgery will depend on how many third molars are being removed, whether any of them are impacted, and other factors, here is what you can typically expect during your visit:

7 Simple Steps

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Plan

Based on your images, Dr. Anderson will identify the tooth or teeth to be removed. 
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Sedation

In addition to local anesthesia to numb the treatment area, our UT office can provide intravenous sedation to help you relax during surgery.
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Incision

Our oral surgeon will create an incision in the gum line.
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Extraction

The doctor will gently extract each tooth. The molars may be separated into smaller pieces for simpler removal. 
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Sutures

Once the molars are removed, Dr. Anderson will seal the incision sites with dissolvable sutures.
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Packing

To promote the formation of a blood clot, a small piece of gauze will be placed on the extraction site. 
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Return Home

Our highly trained dentistry team will send you home with a helpful list of instructions to facilitate the recovery process.
Dr. Gregory E. Anderson

Dr. Gregory E. Anderson

Dr. Anderson is an oral and maxillofacial plastic and reconstructive surgeon whose qualifications include:

  • Board Certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry
  • Diplomate of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

He is dedicated to helping patients in Logan, Garland, and surrounding areas overcome facial pain, injuries, and other conditions to improve their quality of life. Learn more about the specialized treatment he can provide by contacting our office online or calling (435) 755-5000.

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