Wisdom teeth removals are some of the most common procedures we perform at Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons in The Dalles, OR. If you live near The Dalles or one of our other office locations, our oral surgeons will make sure that your procedure is performed using the safest, most advanced techniques available.
Wisdom teeth (third molars) are the last set of teeth to grow into your mouth; most people’s third molars finish developing during their late teens or early twenties, although the teeth can start forming beneath the gums as early as age 12. Because they are so large, most people’s mouths are too small to accommodate the extra molars. Without adequate space to grow in, they may start to come in sideways or cause other problems.
Why do my wisdom teeth need to be removed?
If your third molars grow in without causing problems for your surrounding teeth or gum tissue, they may not need to be removed. Unfortunately, in most cases, they do not grow in normally like your other teeth. Even molars that appear to be growing in fine can suddenly change course and start to grow in sideways. For this reason, it’s important to have regular dental exams to track the development of your molars. Some of the most common problems caused by wisdom teeth are listed below:
- Dental infections
- Gum disease
- Damage to adjacent teeth
- Cysts or tumor formation caused by impaction and infections
When should they be removed?
There is no specific age that a person should have their third molars removed, but most dental professionals recommend removing the teeth during the earlier stages of development, potentially even before they emerge from the gums (generally between ages 16 and 20 or so). The teeth are smaller and easier to remove at these stages, making the overall procedure easier for the patient. Even if your molars are fully grown in, our oral surgeons can evaluate your situation and help you determine whether or not they need to be removed.
The Procedure Process
If you need to have your third molars removed, you will likely be referred to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. The surgeons at Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons in The Dalles, OR, have years of experience extracting them using the most reliable and least invasive methods possible. Our surgeons are also certified to administer outpatient anesthesia/conscious sedation to ensure your comfort and safety.
First, you will have a consultation with one of our oral surgeons, who will fully examine your condition and discuss your treatment plan. This appointment is a good opportunity for you to ask questions about your procedure and anesthesia options. You may also receive X-rays or 3D imaging services if necessary.
Once your treatment plan is set, your next appointment will be the extraction procedure. After administering your anesthetic, the oral surgeon will remove your molars. Most patients will choose to undergo IV sedation, which creates a sleep-like state and prevents any pain or memory of the procedure. You will need a designated driver to bring you home after your surgery is complete.
Where can I have my wisdom teeth removed near The Dalles, OR?
Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons has four convenient offices for removal procedures, one of which is located in The Dalles, OR. If you’d like to learn more about our practice or the removal process, feel free to contact us for more information. One of our friendly office staff members will be happy to help you.
Contact Us in The Dalles, Oregon.
Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
3601 Klindt Dr
The Dalles, OR 97058
Phone: (541) 296-7590