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Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth sometimes erupt incorrectly, leading to painful dental problems both now and in years to come.

Wisdom teeth removal can prevent these problems and avoid discomfort, serious health issues, and costlier procedures. 

Dr. Brian K. Tavoian of Cedar City, UT, can remove your wisdom teeth with minimal discomfort to improve and protect your oral health.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that often come in between the ages of 17 and 25. Not all wisdom teeth are a problem, but if they erupt incorrectly, they can become trapped underneath the gum and bone tissue or press against a neighboring tooth (called impaction), leading to pain, infection, gum disease, or cysts. Impacted wisdom teeth should be removed.

Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?

Your dentist will take digital x-rays of your teeth during your scheduled dental exams to determine if you need wisdom tooth extraction.

Wisdom teeth can be removed when they are actively causing issues, or you can elect to have them removed while they are developing in order to avoid problems entirely. 

By choosing preventative wisdom tooth extraction, you can avoid serious pain and health issues. You can also protect your teeth and avoid the need for dental implants, restorative dentistry, or orthodontics.

Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Hurt?

Dr. Tavoian offers nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation options to make this dentistry procedure as comfortable and painless as possible. We will recommend the best sedation option for your needs depending on the complexity of your case.

How Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?


First, Dr. Tavoian will make sure you are comfortably sedated, and provide local anesthesia to your mouth so you don't feel pain from the procedure. 


If eruption has not yet occurred, Dr. Tavoian will incise the tissue to access the tooth.


Dr. Tavoian will use a dental instrument to gently rock the tooth back and forth in its socket. Your tooth may need to be separated into pieces before removal.


The extraction site will then be cleared of any debris and sutured shut.


Gauze may be placed over the extraction site to minimize bleeding and encourage a blood clot to form. 


If you chose to receive sedation during your wisdom tooth extraction, you may feel drowsy after your wisdom tooth removal. 

Every patient recovers differently, but you may have pain or swelling in your jaw or around the extraction site for a few days following the procedure. Swelling can be treated with a cool compress placed against the jaw, and pain can be managed with a heating pad or over-the-counter medication.

Our dentistry practice recommends drinking plenty of fluids and eating soft foods like soup, pasta, and rice while you heal.

Preventing Dry Socket

Blood clots will form at the extraction sites following the removal of these molars. It is important that these blood clots stay in place in order for your jaw to heal properly. Dry socket occurs when these clots become dislodged too soon, and can lead to pain and infection. While recovering, there are a few things you should avoid to prevent dry socket:

  • drinking through a straw
  • eating hard, sticky, or crunchy foods
  • rinsing your mouth with a harsh mouthwash
  • smoking
  • brushing your teeth at the site of your extractions

Call our Cedar City, UT, office if you have persistent pain or swelling after the procedure.

How Can I Pay For This?

If your wisdom teeth are impacted and causing health problems, your insurance will contribute to the cost of the procedure.

If you don't have insurance, our office in Cedar City can help you apply for CareCredit®. This allows you to pay in affordable monthly installments to help make treatment fit your budget. Rest assured, this procedure will cost less than future treatments such as dental implants, which can become necessary without prompt wisdom tooth removal.

"The only dentist I go to. Ever. I live 4 hours away and still drive there just because of how professional, clean and kind everybody is there. Brian is great with calming down my anxiety as well." Caitlyn McCoy
Dr. Brian Tavoian

Brian K. Tavoian, DDS, PC

Dr. Brian Tavoian, also known as the Smile Doctor, has been providing exceptional dental care to families in Cedar City, UT, since 1992. Our patients recommend us because of our:

  • Flexible financing options
  • Comfortable sedation
  • State-of-the-art technology

To request an appointment, please contact us online or call (435) 586-0123.

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