Oral Surgery

Utah Oral Surgery

At Utah Periodontal Specialists, we’re proud to introduce three outstanding oral surgeons who serve at both our Salt Lake City and South Jordan locations.

Dr. Jeffrey Knight, DDS:

Following in the footsteps of his father, Utah’s first periodontist, Dr. Jeff Knight brings a rich legacy to our team. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah, dental school at Creighton University, and specialized in periodontology at Oregon Health & Science University.

Periodontal Specialist Dr Jeffrey Knight
Periontal Specialist Dr. Christian Nielsen DDS

Dr. Christian Nielsen, DDS:

With a solid foundation in biology from the University of Utah and dental training from the University of the Pacific, San Francisco, Dr. Nielsen further specialized in periodontology at The University of Alabama. His expertise is a vital part of our practice.

Dr. Braden Atkins, DDS:

A graduate from the University of Utah in Medical Biology, Dr. Atkins pursued his dental education and periodontology training at Case Western Reserve University. His board certification with the American Academy of Periodontology underscores his commitment to excellent care.
Utah Periodontal Specialst Dr Braden Adkins

Oral Surgery in Salt Lake City

Our Salt Lake City’s oral surgery facilities are known for their advanced technology and patient-centered care. Our surgeons here often collaborate with other dental and medical professionals to provide comprehensive treatment plans. They emphasize patient education, ensuring individuals understand their treatment options and what to expect. The focus is not only on resolving immediate dental issues but also on enhancing overall oral health and contributing to patients’ long-term well-being.

Types of Oral Surgery Procedures We Perform

At Utah Periodontal Specialists, we offer a comprehensive range of oral surgery procedures, tailored to meet the specific needs of our patients. Our team of skilled surgeons and staff are adept at handling a variety of treatments with the utmost care and precision. Here’s a list of the key procedures we perform:
  • Dental Implant Surgery: Placement of titanium posts in the jawbone to serve as stable anchors for replacement teeth.
  • Periodontal Surgery: Various procedures to address gum disease, including the treatment of deep pockets of bacteria and gum recession.
  • Crown Lengthening: Reshaping gum tissue to expose more of the tooth, for both aesthetic improvements and restorative purposes.
  • Osseous Surgery: A procedure aimed at reshaping the bones that support the teeth, typically used to treat periodontal disease that has affected the bone structure.
  • Gingivectomy: Surgical removal of gum tissue, often performed to treat gum disease or for cosmetic reasons.
  • Frenectomy: The removal or alteration of the frenulum, a small fold of tissue, to resolve issues that affect speech, eating, or the stability of teeth.
  • Impacted Tooth Exposure: A procedure to expose a tooth that has not properly erupted into the mouth, often used in conjunction with orthodontic treatments.
  • Gingival Graft: A treatment for gum recession, involving the transplantation of gum tissue to the affected area to protect the roots of teeth and improve gum health.

Why Choose Us?

Choosing us for your oral health surgery and other procedures means entrusting your care to a team of highly experienced staff and surgeons. Our team is composed of professionals who are not only experts in their field but are also deeply committed to providing the best possible care. Each member of our staff has a track record of excellence, bolstered by extensive training and a dedication to staying updated with the latest advancements in dental surgery and oral health care.

Our facility prides itself on receiving excellent reviews from our patients. These testimonials reflect our unwavering commitment to patient satisfaction and the high standard of care we provide. From the moment you walk in for a consultation to the follow-up post-surgery, our focus is on ensuring a comfortable, safe, and effective treatment experience.

Oral Surgery

How Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health

Oral health is deeply intertwined with overall health, acting as a reflective surface for the body’s general condition. A healthy mouth often suggests good overall health, whereas poor oral health can be a harbinger of systemic issues like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. This connection is partly due to the mouth’s role as an entry point for harmful bacteria, which can travel through the bloodstream and cause infections and inflammation in other body parts.
The state of one’s teeth and gums also plays a pivotal role in the digestive system. Oral problems can disrupt the initial stages of digestion, potentially leading to more severe gastrointestinal issues, such as intestinal failure and irritable bowel syndrome. These impacts highlight the importance of oral health in the efficient functioning of the digestive system. Additionally, the psychological impact of oral health is significant. Issues like bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease can severely affect a person’s self-esteem and mental well-being, leading to conditions such as anxiety and depression. Therefore, good oral hygiene is essential not only for maintaining dental health but also for safeguarding mental and overall well-being. Regular dental visits, proper brushing and flossing, and avoiding detrimental habits like smoking are key to preserving both oral and general health.

Oral Surgeon in Salt Lake City and South Jordan

Whether you’re in need of an oral surgeon in South Jordan or Salt Lake City, UT, choosing Utah Periodontal Specialists guarantees an exceptional experience. Our practice stands out for its customer service and friendly staff, creating a welcoming and supportive environment for every patient. We understand that visiting an oral surgeon can be daunting, so our team is dedicated to making your experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible.


You deserve to feel comfortable and confident when visiting Utah Periodontal Specialists.


A dental implant is placed into the bone to simulate a root. Once the implant has healed your dentist will place the crown.


Periodontal surgery is performed on patients who have periodontal disease in order to reduce pockets.