Wisdom Teeth Removal
Comfortable Third Molar Extractions
Most people don’t have enough room in their dental arch to accommodate an extra set of molars, which is why dental professionals recommend having them removed. Also called third molars, wisdom teeth typically develop around the age of 17 or during the early twenties. If left untreated, they can cause many oral health complications.
Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons provides patients near Milwaukie, OR, with safe and effective wisdom teeth removals. Most people don’t notice their third molars growing in until they start to cause pain or discomfort, which is why it’s important to have regular dental exams to evaluate them before they start causing problems.
Risks of Leaving Wisdom Teeth Untreated
An impacted wisdom tooth is one that has become trapped beneath the gum tissue. They are difficult to clean around, often causing infection, cysts, or tumors. These can lead to more serious gum disease or tooth decay. Wisdom teeth have large roots, which can damage the roots of other teeth and nearby facial nerves. They can also push neighboring teeth out of alignment.
Most dental professionals recommend having the molars removed when they are in earlier stages of developments before they fully emerge from the gums. The teeth will be smaller and easier to remove at early stages, and you will prevent problems from developing later on. No two patients are alike, and some people’s teeth develop earlier than others, so there is no perfect age for removal, but most patients will have them removed sometime between ages 15 and 22.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Surgery
If you need to have your molars removed at our office in Milwaukie, OR, you will first come in for a consultation, where Dr. Lieblick and Dr. Rehrer will design a custom treatment plan. We may take 3D scans of your mouth to determine the location of important nerves and other structures before your procedure. You will also have a chance to discuss your anesthesia options at this appointment. Our oral surgeons are trained and licensed to administer all forms of anesthesia, including local and general anesthesia, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation.
Your next appointment will be for your surgical procedure, where your oral surgeon will remove your molars. After administering your anesthetic, your oral surgeon will carefully remove the teeth in the least invasive manner possible. Most patients choose to undergo IV sedation, allowing them to sleep throughout the procedure and wake up once it’s over. You will rest while your anesthesia wears off, then your driver will be able to escort you home and should remain with you for 24 hours.
Stem Cell Banking with Stemodontics®
Body: Your wisdom teeth contain many stem cells, which can be stored in a laboratory after your wisdom teeth are removed. By banking stem cells with Stemodontics, you are given peace of mind when it comes to future health crises because these important cells can differentiate into different types of cells in the body. Ask your oral surgeon today or visit the Stemodontics® website to learn about the benefits of stem cell banking.
Types of Anesthesia
We offer several options for anesthesia to make your experience as comfortable as possible.
Hear From Wisdom Tooth Removal Patients
These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing wisdom tooth removal at our office.
Reviews From Our Wisdom Tooth Removal Patients
Logan Reviews His Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"My name is Logan. I’m from Oregon City, and I came to Beacon Oral Surgeons to get my wisdom teeth extracted. The team was really respectful to me, helped me feel welcome and comforted. Dr. Rehrer was super nice. My procedure was fast. It didn’t hurt at all. They helped me move around and got me out to my mom’s truck. It healed quick. I feel amazing having my wisdom teeth out. I would definitely come back here for more surgeries if I needed them. I would give Beacon a 5-star. If any of my friends from Hood River or Happy Valley needed an oral surgery, I would tell them to come here."
Claudia Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Hi, my name is Claudia and I’m from Fairview. I came to see Dr. Lieblick to get my wisdom teeth removed. Dr. Lieblick was very knowledgeable. He explained everything to me very well. I felt like I understood what was going to happen in the procedure, and he was very comforting as well. The staff here is really friendly. They make you feel really comfortable. From beginning to end, everyone was really nice—[a] calm setting. It was great. Overall my experience was really positive at Beacon. I highly recommend Beacon Oral Surgeons. "
Nickie Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Hi, I'm Nickie, and I'm from The Dalles, Oregon. I went to Beacon to have my wisdom teeth extracted. I had waited a good 12 years to have my wisdom teeth extracted due to fear. The staff at Beacon — it was just super friendly from the beginning. Very knowledgeable, which made me feel totally comfortable. I'm the nightmare patient that's totally terrified of all things dentistry, so it really was nice to have that comforting feeling from them from the beginning. It was awesome. It was about a half an hour long from what I remember — I did go to sleep for my extractions — went straight home to bed. Everything was great. Post-op went really well. One day down time and then the next day was shopping in Portland. I would recommend Beacon to everyone that needs to have anything done with an oral surgeon. They are awesome."
Amanda Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Hi, my name is Amanda, and I’m here from The Dalles, Oregon. I went to Beacon Oral Surgeons to get my wisdom teeth out. The staff at Beacon Oral Surgeons were awesome—they were great. They made me comfortable in the very beginning and all throughout. Afterwards, they took good care of me and wheeled me out, and I got to leave, and I was comfortable. My recovery was fast; it was easy. They give you good instructions and good advice throughout the whole way, and they take care of you if you have any problems afterwards. I would most certainly recommend Beacon Oral Surgeons. They were a great staff, great procedure, easy recovering, and they take care of you throughout the whole procedure."
Lana Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Hi, my name is Lana. I’m from Troutdale. My two daughters came here to get their wisdom teeth extracted. The team was very welcoming, even from the time that I walked through the door. They just totally took care of me, made me feel comfortable, offered me coffee. I thought that was just very welcoming and warm right there, and I felt very confident that my children were in great hands. Dr. Lieblick is wonderful. The procedure was quick and easy, and the recovery was great. If there’s another mom out there that I could tell to send their children to Beacon Oral Surgeons, especially for wisdom teeth, they would take care of them like family members. You’re just not going to get any better treatment than you receive with Beacon Oral Surgeons. If I needed an implant or an extraction, I wouldn’t hesitate to see Dr. Lieblick for my future oral surgery needs."
Frequently Asked Questions
Does wisdom teeth removal require stitches?
Impacted teeth often require small incisions in the gum tissue to access the teeth. Any incisions will be closed with dissolvable sutures, which disappear on their own during recovery.
How long does it take for wisdom teeth holes to heal?
Many patients return to their normal routines a few days following surgery. It takes about 2 weeks for your surgical sites to fully heal.
What helps wisdom teeth holes heal faster?
Follow your post-operative instructions closely and carefully. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to prevent infection and keep the surgical sites clean. Stick to soft food and avoid disturbing the tooth sockets. Contact Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons if you have questions at any point during recovery.
How do I know if I have dry socket or normal pain?
Some pain and swelling is expected for several days after surgery. You can manage this with ice packs and over-the-counter pain medication. If you experience a dry socket, which is caused when the blood clot becomes dislodged, you may feel sharp throbbing pain. Avoid straws and smoking for 1 week to help prevent dry socket and be sure to keep the extraction site clean. Contact our office if you experience pain beyond what is expected throughout the healing process.
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