Wisdom Teeth Removal in
Safe Third Molar Extractions With Our Board-Certified Experts
Wisdom Teeth Removal in
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
Jodi Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Hi! My name’s Jodie, and I live in Camas, Washington, and I brought my daughter, Absity, to Dr. Rehrer to have her wisdom teeth taken out. What I like about Dr. Rehrer is just his down-to-earth nature. He’s so knowledgeable and so good, and he made my daughter feel so comfortable in a kind of stressful situation. He was amazing with her. They were fantastic! Really, it was pretty easy, as a mom. They just brought me in, and I sat in the waiting room. They brought her back, and then they came and tapped me on the shoulder, and said, “Hey, she’s ready for you to pick her up.” They were fantastic, and they followed up with me as far as how she was doing, and how her treatment had been. They were outstanding. Having lived in Vancouver for almost twenty years, I have friends all over – in Vancouver, in Portland, in Camas. Of course, being a mother of four, I have tons of friends who are going to go through this very same thing, and I tell them all the time, “When your child is ready for their wisdom teeth to be taken out, Dr. Rehrer--He’s your guy. He’s just awesome. He makes you feel so good about what’s being done with your child, and you just kind of wait and relax, and you’re good to go.” I would just like to say that Dr. Rehrer is a phenomenal person. He’s a great oral surgeon; he’s a great man. He cares, he checks in with his patients, he makes them top priority. He’s just a wonderful person to be around, and a wonderful guy."
Mihkayla Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Hi! I’m Mihkayla from Vancouver, Washington. I came to see Dr. Rehrer to get my wisdom teeth pulled out. Everyone here at Beacon Oral Surgery is very personable. They make you feel at home. They really give you the best experience. Dr. Rehrer is definitely fun to work with. He will definitely make you laugh. The staff here is very kind. They made me feel comfortable, and they talked me through every step of the way. The procedure went well, and I had a very quick recovery, which I’m very grateful for. For my friends and family in Vancouver and Camas, Washington, I highly recommend Beacon Oral Surgeons. "
Vance Reviews His Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"My name is Vance, and I’m from The Dalles, Oregon. I went to see Dr. Lieblick because it was time to get my wisdom teeth taken out. When I went in for my initial consultation, I was a little nervous, but the staff were very helpful, and they were very courteous and very professional, and they put me at ease. The staff told me that they were going to put me under, and before I knew it, I woke up, and my wisdom teeth were out. I was a little groggy. The recovery after I got my wisdom teeth taken out was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I would recommend Dr. Lieblick for wisdom teeth extraction because he’s a good doctor, he was very helpful, and he’s very professional."
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."
Jennifer Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Hi, my name is Jennifer. I’m from Portland, Oregon, and I came to see Dr. Lieblick to get four wisdom teeth removed. The experience with Dr. Lieblick was wonderful. I felt comfortable from start to finish, and the receptionist even took care of my kids while I visited one time, and they’re just the best here. The staff is super friendly. It’s almost like family when you walk in, so I really appreciated that. My recovery was pretty much pain free for the first day, and then I had some discomfort. They called me to check on me, which was great. I came back in and got reassessed, and ever since that point, I was much more comfortable. I’d tell my friends to come see Dr. Lieblick for the great experience that I had. I have friends in Lake Oswego and Oregon City and Portland, of course, and Vancouver, Washington, even, because you’ll drive a distance to go see people that are truly professional and make your recovery easy on such a traumatic surgical procedure. I’d recommend anybody I know. When you’re going to sleep for a procedure, you want to know that you’re in the best of hands, and I felt that from the very beginning because I knew they were true professionals and board certified and that’s very important to me. They put me under, and I didn’t feel a thing, and it was wonderful. I woke up happy!"
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does wisdom teeth removal cost?
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.
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