Wisdom Teeth Removal

The wisdom teeth (third molars) erupt during adolescence. They frequently become impacted, causing considerable pain and oral health issues.

Oral surgeons William L. McBee and Gary L. Crawford can prevent or resolve these issues by using gentle techniques to remove wisdom teeth.

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Immediate and Long-Term Benefits

Drs. William L. McBee and Gary L. Crawford use today's gentlest and most effective techniques to help patients experience:

Pain Relief

When your wisdom teeth become impacted, the pain can range from subtle to overwhelming. Our surgeons can provide wisdom tooth removal in order to avoid or relieve this discomfort. We take every measure to minimize discomfort during surgery, and will provide detailed instructions to help you experience the most comfortable recovery possible.

Improved Oral Health

Third molars frequently become impacted, meaning they place pressure on surrounding teeth as they erupt. Eruption also results in flaps of gum tissue that increase your risk of developing gum disease and infection. Meanwhile, wisdom teeth are harder to brush and floss than other teeth, making them prone to decay. Removing wisdom teeth can help you avoid or resolve these issues.

A Better-Looking Smile

Third molars can easily cause your surrounding teeth to become misaligned, affecting the appearance of your smile. Early or preventive extraction can keep your teeth in proper alignment and help you avoid the need for orthodontics and other costly dental treatments.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. Often, they erupt at an angle, becoming impacted by surrounding teeth and bone tissue. Some patients do not have enough room in their jaws for third molars, even when they erupt properly.

The good news is that you don't need your third molars in order to achieve proper oral function. This is why parents often elect to have their children's wisdom teeth removed as soon as they begin to develop. Our oral surgeons can recommended the best way to address wisdom teeth following an exam at one of their offices in 

  • Provo, UT
  • Price, Utah
  • American Fork, Utah

Many area dentists refer to our surgeons. If your dentist recommends wisdom tooth removal, we can provide this dental treatment in the utmost safety and comfort. We work with most insurance providers and offer significant cash discounts.

"I'd recommend them in a heartbeat."


Trevor Emil Christensen


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After my dentist recommended Dr. McBee to me, I got my wisdom teeth out here. They talked with me before and I felt like they really listened to my questions. The whole staff was friendly and helpful. The operation was fast and easy, with almost no swelling after. I'd recommend them in a heartbeat.

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Jared Miller


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Dr. Mcbee did a fantastic job. I can't recommend him enough. Office and staff were great. If your looking for a experienced surgeon that does a great job look no further.

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What Happens during Wisdom Teeth Removal?

We can typically perform wisdom tooth removal in about 90 minutes:

Day of Your Dental Procedure


Before treatment, your oral surgeon will apply local anesthesia to numb the treatment area. If you require sedation, it will be provided at this time.


In many cases, accessing the wisdom tooth will require making incisions in the gum tissue, bone tissue, or both.

Tooth Removal

Next, Dr. McBee or Dr. Crawford will remove the wisdom teeth. In some cases, this is a matter of gently rocking the tooth back and forth using forceps to loosen it from the socket. In other cases, it might be necessary to separate the tooth into smaller pieces to minimize trauma to surrounding tissues.


If extraction requires incisions, your surgeon may close them with sutures. In some cases, placing gauze over the tooth socket may be sufficient to promote healing.


When recovering from wisdom tooth removal, it is important to take precautions so that nothing interferes with the development of blood clots. Blood clots are essential to your recovery, and if they become dislodged, it can result in a painful condition called dry socket. You can prevent dry socket by only eating very soft foods for the first few days after your procedure, not smoking, and avoiding the use of straws. You should also take care to properly clean your teeth. Your Provo, UT, surgeon will provide instructions on how to maintain oral hygiene as you heal. Depending on your procedure, you may be advised to simply rinse out your mouth for a matter of days, rather than brushing or flossing.

The general healing timeline involves:

  • Swelling that should resolve in two to three days
  • Removal of any sutures after about one week
  • Jaw stiffness and pain that should fully resolve within a week to 10 days
our oral surgeons

Utah Oral Surgeons

Gary L. Crawford and William L. McBee are board-certified oral surgeons specializing in wisdom tooth extraction and dental implants. Our surgeons are affiliated with a number of prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American College of Dentists
  • Utah Dental Association

To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call 801-375-4707 today.

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