Wisdom Teeth Removal Vancouver, WA
Safe Third Molar Extractions With Our Board-Certified Experts
Wisdom teeth removal is a common oral surgery procedure in Vancouver, WA. There often isn’t enough room for third molars to grow without damaging nearby teeth, gums, or bone. They are some of the largest teeth in the mouth, and most people’s jaws are not large enough to accommodate them. The average mouth is equipped to hold 28 teeth, so an extra set of molars trying to squeeze in can cause complications.
Wisdom teeth typically begin developing around the age of 17 or during the early twenties. The board-certified oral surgeons at Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons are experts at removing wisdom teeth at our office near Vancouver in Camas, WA.
Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?
Whereas the teeth in the front of the mouth, like bicuspid teeth, incisors, canines, grasp food and provide value to the mouth with their chewing abilities, third molars are unnecessary for proper oral function. Our diets simply don’t require their added grinding power. Removing them prevents damage to your other teeth and prevents associated problems from having the chance to arise. They don’t always have to be taken out, but when they become impacted or infected, they can pose a threat to your oral health. If this is the case, you will likely be referred to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
An impacted wisdom tooth is one that has become trapped beneath the gum tissue. It will not emerge on its own and must be surgically intervened. An impacted tooth is difficult to clean, often leading to infections, cysts, or tumors. These issues can progress to more serious gum disease or damage to neighboring teeth. A wisdom tooth’s root is large and can damage other nearby roots or nerves.
Most dental professionals recommend having third molars removed as soon as possible. Everyone’s teeth develop at different rates, so there is no single set age. You can have wisdom teeth removed at any age, although younger patients often have easier surgeries and recoveries. Be sure to attend dental checkups with your general dentist, who will refer you to an oral surgeon when it’s time to have these teeth extracted.
The Wisdom Tooth Removal Surgery
Removals often occur before the molars have fully emerged from the gums. Your oral surgeon will review your X-rays and likely take additional 3D scans before designing your treatment plan. This will all take place during a consultation appointment, where you will have the opportunity to discuss your treatment plan with Dr. Lieblick or Dr. Rehrer, ask questions about your procedure, and learn about anesthesia options.
During surgery, your oral surgeon will administer your anesthesia, which prevents any pain during the procedure. Most patients undergo IV sedation, which allows you to sleep comfortably during the surgery. The procedure usually lasts no more than a couple of hours. Once your anesthetic is administered, your surgeon will extract your third molars and place any necessary sutures. You will rest until the anesthetic wears off, and then your prearranged driver will take you home and remain with you for 24 hours.
Most patients need just a couple of days to rest and recover before returning to their normal schedules, although you will have to follow certain instructions to keep your surgical sites clean while they heal. Your surgeon will discuss these instructions during your first visit.
Stem Cell Banking with Stemodontics®
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 how stem cell banking can benefit you.
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
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."
Melinda Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Hi, my name’s Melinda. I live in Camas, and I’m the mother of two teenage sons who had their wisdom teeth taken out from Dr. Rehrer. I’m a mother of five children, and so I see lots of doctors. I have four sons, and they get hurt a lot. What I like about Dr. Rehrer is that he has great bedside manner. He’s personable, he cares about his patients, and he’s interested in them. Everybody was really friendly, willing to answer all my questions, and always asking what they could do to help and make our experience positive. I have friends that live in Vancouver and Washougal, and I always recommend them to go to Dr. Rehrer because he’s just a competent, caring surgeon who I know I can trust and depend on to do a great job. Dr. Rehrer, he’s the best!"
Haylie Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Hi, my name is Haylie, I'm from Camas, and I had my wisdom teeth pulled by Dr. Rehrer. How I would describe this office is cozy, welcoming, and friendly. When I came here, the staff made me feel comfortable. Dr. Rehrer is kind, compassionate, caring, and made me feel safe. The procedure went great. Recovery was quick and 3 days later, I played in a basketball game. Overall, I had an amazing experience here and I would definitely recommend Dr. Rehrer."
Chloe Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Hi, my name is Chloe from Washougal, and I came to see Dr. Rehrer to get my wisdom teeth removed. The office is very clean. Everyone is very friendly. I loved the doctors. Dr. Rehrer was very friendly and he was very quick and efficient with the whole surgery. The staff is very friendly. They made me feel very comfortable. The surgery was great, my recovery was quick and easy, and I was back to work in no time. I had a great experience and I would highly recommend Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons."
Lauren Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Hi, my name is Lauren. I live in Gresham, and I loved my experience at Beacon Oral Surgery. Dr. Lieblick and his staff were great. I had all my wisdom teeth taken out about five years ago, and haven’t had a problem. My recovery time was so quick, surgery was so great, and the staff was helpful, friendly, kind, supportive. I had a really great experience. I live in Gresham. I used to work in The Pearl and Clackamas and Beaverton, and everyone I’ve ran into over the years who needed to have wisdom teeth out for teenagers or themselves late in life, I always recommend coming to Beacon. The fact that they’re trained and the fact that they do take that extra step to become board certified and recognized by the state is really a comfort for me and for my other family members who have visited Beacon over the years."
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does wisdom teeth removal cost in Vancouver, WA?
The cost of having your wisdom teeth removed will depend on how many teeth you need removed, your choice of anesthesia, your dental insurance, and the complexity of your procedure. We will discuss all of this with you during your first visit so you know exactly what to expect.
How painful is wisdom tooth removal?
We make every effort to keep you as comfortable as possible during any surgical procedure. Many patients undergo IV sedation, which allows them to enter a sleep-like state. With IV sedation, you will be able to answer questions asked by your surgeon but will wake up after the procedure with no memory of the surgery.
How long does it take for wisdom teeth holes to close up?
It takes about 2 weeks for the surgical sites to fully heal, but many patients are able to return to their normal routines within a few days after surgery.
Is the third day the worst for wisdom teeth removal?
Swelling and pain is common after any surgical procedure and often peaks around the third day. You can manage swelling with ice packs and over-the-counter medications. Be sure to rinse your mouth with a warm salt water solution to keep the surgical sites clean and prevent infection. Do not use straws or smoke during recovery to prevent dry socket, which occurs when the blood clot becomes dislodged. If you ever have questions during recovery, please contact our office at any time.
Where can I get wisdom teeth removal in Vancouver, WA?
Our oral surgeons offer wisdom teeth removal at our office in Camas, WA, which is only a short distance from Vancouver. If you live in or around Vancouver, WA, and it's time for you or your child to have wisdom teeth removed, contact our Camas office for a consultation.
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