Dr. Karl Lind from the Utah Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons shares tips on how to have the best possible experience when it comes time to take wisdom teeth out.
Wisdom teeth that aren’t removed can cause serious problems like infection, crowding, damage to other teeth and cysts.
That’s why nearly everyone should have their wisdom teeth removed as a preventative measure when they’re fairly young and the healing process works best.
Find an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in their area by going to uaoms.org or by asking their general dentist to refer an oral surgeon
Oral surgeons are fully trained in general anesthesia so that you can sleep comfortably during the entire procedure and also, our surgical background allows us to remove the teeth quickly with minimal post-operative complications.
Oral surgeons are dentists; they go to dental school and receive a dental degree.
After dental school, about 6% of dental school graduates decide to complete an additional four to six year oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program, in order to receive training in various medical disciplines such as surgery and anesthesia. This makes an oral surgeon something of a hybrid, as both a dentist and a physician.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are known most widely for being the Wisdom Teeth and Dental Implant specialists.
We also provide care and relief in cases of facial trauma, reconstructive facial bone procedures, facial and jaw tumors and cysts, jaw joint problems, facial infections, sleep apnea and facial cosmetic surgery.
UAOMS is an organization comprised of all 46 oral and maxillofacial surgeons in our state and we’re dedicated to continuing education and excellence in patient care.
Utah is a very health conscious state and yet a number of people aren’t aware of what oral and maxillofacial surgeons do. So, UAOMS tries to spread the word about the care we provide and how it can enhance people’s lives.
Maxillofacial refers to the bones of the face. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained to take care of problems related to teeth, jaws, cheekbones, mid-face and orbits. So, oral and maxillofacial surgeons provide care for everything in those areas as well as the mouth.
As a way to highlight the procedures done by oral surgeons, UAOMS will fully sponsor one patient this fall to have his or her wisdom teeth removed and one patient to receive a dental implant procedure. We’ll then chronicle their experiences and come back to Studio 5 to report on it.