Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons offers wisdom teeth (third molar) removals for patients in Gresham, OR, and the surrounding areas. Third molars are an additional set of teeth that grow under the surface of the gums and, in many cases, are undetectable without proper X-ray evaluation. It is not uncommon for teens and adults to be unaware that they exist until they begin to present significant problems.
In some cases, the third molars may partially or fully grow into the mouth, and additional issues may arise. If wisdom teeth fully grow into the mouth in the proper position, they have the potential to provide increased chewing and grinding power. Unfortunately, the majority of people do not have a long enough jaw bone or a large enough mouth to accommodate them.
Why should I get my wisdom teeth removed?
Whether a patient has impacted, partially grown, or fully grown wisdom teeth, they are at an increased risk for the development of a multitude of oral and dental problems, and these issues may require extensive or costly procedures to correct.
Some of the most prevalent problems that wisdom teeth can cause include:
- Bacterial growth, gum disease, and tooth decay
- Misalignment of healthy teeth as the wisdom teeth force dental crowding and shifting throughout the mouth
- Swelling, stiffness, tenderness, pain, and even bad breath caused by periodontal disease
- Increased risk of tumor growth and cyst development, which can in turn cause issues in healthy teeth and the jaw bone
When should I have my wisdom teeth removed?
Maintaining regular dental health checkups with your general dentist should help you to determine when and if the molars are developing in your mouth. If you currently have third molars in your mouth, you should seek treatment as soon as possible to mitigate the issues listed above and avoid costly orthodontic and surgical treatment that may arise from these problems. At Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, we recommend that removal occurs as early as possible, usually during the mid to late teens. The removal process is generally much more rapid and presents fewer complications if the molars are removed early because the roots are not fully developed, and younger patients are more likely to recover quickly from surgery.
If you elect to have your molars removed at our office in Gresham, OR, or one of our other three offices, you will receive a thorough oral examination from one of our oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Dr. Russell Lieblick or Dr. Brandon Rehrer. Your doctor may determine that it is necessary to supplement any X-rays received from your general dentist with additional X-rays or 3D scanning of the mouth. This will help him to determine the position and size of the teeth and develop a plan for extraction that ensures optimal recovery.
Your procedure will be performed in a state-of-the-art surgical center, which is held to standards similar to hospital operating rooms. Drs. Rehrer and Lieblick have been extensively trained to administer anesthesia and offer many anesthetic options to ensure that you are comfortable and anxiety-free for your procedure. The anesthesia options we offer include
- Local Anesthesia – an anesthetic applied directly to the area of wisdom teeth removal
- Nitrous Oxide – also known as laughing gas, an anesthetic option used in conjunction with other anesthetic options to calm anxiety during the procedure
- Sedation Anesthesia – administered through an intravenous (IV) line and allows you to sleep during the procedure
- General Anesthesia – an anesthetic delivered to allow a deep sleep during the procedure
If you have any questions before your procedure, our office staff and skilled surgical team would be happy to help you in any way possible. It is our goal to ensure that you are fully informed and at ease before receiving treatment and that you completely understand the pre- and post-operative instructions to ensure optimal recovery.
Where can I get wisdom teeth extracted near Gresham, OR?
We work hard to provide the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures at all of our offices, including our office in Gresham, OR. Whether you live in Gresham or the surrounding area, we would be happy to meet with you about extracting your molars. Please contact our friendly office staff to schedule a consultation at our practice.