Oral Surgery


Oral and maxillofacial surgeries involve operations on either the bone or soft tissues of the mouth and face. We can perform these complex procedures to accommodate nearly every level of need. The most commonly performed by Drs. Harding and Bott is wisdom teeth extractions, and easily dealing with the most complicated impactions. He can also perform other procedures such as grafting to treat resorption cases, or even cosmetic procedures. For the best oral surgeons in American Fork, Lehi, and Pleasant Grove, contact our office for a consultation.

Impacted Extractions

Extraction is the procedure of removing a tooth. Extractions are done for several reasons: if the tooth has experienced significant decay, if wisdom teeth are impacted and will likely cause damage to the adjacent teeth, or in preparation for dentures or implants. In the first instance Dr. Harding and Dr. Bott will always do everything in their power to keep your natural tooth, but if it has decayed to the point where it cannot be saved, then extraction will be recommended with either a bridge or implant to replace it.

If you have impacted wisdom teeth, there are no better dentists in American Fork Utah to perform extractions than Dr. Harding and Dr. Bott. After you are sedated, the gums in the rear of your mouth will be opened, and depending on the type of impaction, the teeth will either be pulled directly or cut in half to ease the removal. You will feel no pain, and after a short healing period, you will regain the full strength, comfort, and functionality of your teeth. Choose us for removal of impacted wisdom teeth in American Fork, Lehi, and Pleasant Grove.

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Bone Grafting

One service that distinguishes Dr. Bott and Dr. Harding from other dentists in Utah County is their ability to perform bone tissue grafting to encourage regeneration. Oral bone grafts applied to the jaw are usually required when significant gum recession has taken place. That is because as gum tissue recedes the bone beneath it experiences resorption, or degeneration, which compromises the basic strength of the jaw.

To perform the graft the gums in the affected area are first opened to expose the receding bone. Then a small piece of bone is taken from another area of the body (preferably the back of the jaw or chin) and attached into place with titanium screws. The new bone provides benefits such as increased structural support for restorations, prevention of further bone resorption, and overall increased strength of the jaw bone.

Call us today to take care of all your dental needs. You can reach us at 801-763-9080, visit us, or Request an Appointment here.

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