Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons provides patients near Milwaukie, OR, with wisdom teeth removals, which are also known as third molar removals. The teeth usually start developing around ages 12–14 and finish growing in between ages 17–25. 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.
While not everyone needs to have their third molars removed, most people don’t have enough room in their dental arch to accommodate the teeth, which are some of the largest in the mouth. When wisdom teeth are at risk of damaging adjacent teeth or causing infections, your dental professional may recommend that you have them removed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
Why do wisdom teeth have to be removed?
When they start to become impacted (trapped partially or fully beneath the gums), they can cause problems for your overall oral health. Some of the most common problems caused by third molars include the following:
- Forced misdirection and crowding of healthy teeth
- Damage to the adjacent molars
- Infections caused by bacteria being trapped beneath the gums
- Swelling, pain, or bad breath caused by infection and gum disease
- Cysts or tumor development that can damage the surrounding bone tissue
Because the molars have a tendency to only partially emerge from the gums, it is easier for bacteria to accumulate and cause problems, even for avid brushers and flossers. Removing them when they are poorly positioned or trapped beneath the gums can prevent these problems before they get out of hand.
When should I get them removed?
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. Not everyone will undergo removal during this time frame, so it’s best to have regular checkups with your dentist to ensure your teeth are growing in properly.
The Removal Procedure
If you need to have your molars removed at our office in Milwaukie, OR, you will first come in for a consultation, where your oral surgeon will review your current situation and discuss your treatment plan with you. If necessary, your surgeon may also 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 outpatient anesthesia, including local 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. Once they are removed, you will rest while your anesthesia wears off, then your driver will be able to escort your home.
Where can I have my wisdom teeth extracted near Milwaukie, OR?
Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial surgeons has four convenient office locations, one of which is in Milwaukie, OR. If you live near Milwaukie and you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, feel free to contact our office for more information. One of our staff members will be happy to assist you.
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 about how stem cell banking can benefit you!
Contact Us in Milwaukie, Oregon.
Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
2001 SE Jefferson St
Milwaukie, OR 97222
Phone: (503) 654-3530