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Portland Oral and Facial Surgery: Wisdom Teeth Removal

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At Portland Oral and Facial Surgery, we’re dedicated to ensuring your overall oral health, which includes the responsible management of your wisdom teeth. Our team of expert oral surgeons provides comprehensive wisdom tooth services, from regular check-ups to extractions, guided by our commitment to patient comfort, safety, and satisfaction.

Understanding Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are typically the last teeth to develop, usually emerging in the late teens or early twenties. While these teeth were once essential to our ancestors, modern diets and oral hygiene have made them largely redundant. For many people, wisdom teeth can become a source of oral complications, requiring professional intervention.

Why Wisdom Teeth Can Become a Problem

Problems arise when there isn’t enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth to emerge properly. They can become impacted (stuck in the jawbone or gum), grow at an angle, or partially emerge, creating potential for a host of complications, including:
  • Pain and discomfort: An impacted wisdom tooth can lead to significant pain and discomfort in the mouth and jaw.
  • Infection or decay: Partially emerged wisdom teeth can create pockets where food and bacteria can accumulate, leading to infection or tooth decay.
  • Damage to other teeth: A wisdom tooth growing at an angle can push against neighboring teeth, causing damage and misalignment.

All Out at Once?

The decision to remove all wisdom teeth at once depends on various factors, including your oral health, the position of the wisdom teeth, and your personal preferences. While it can be beneficial to remove all wisdom teeth in a single procedure to avoid repeated surgeries, our team will help you make an informed decision based on a thorough evaluation of your specific situation.

Issues If Left Untreated

Leaving problematic wisdom teeth untreated can lead to serious oral health complications, including:
  • Cysts or tumors: Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to the formation of cysts or tumors in the jawbone, requiring more complex treatment.
  • Gum disease: The difficulty of cleaning impacted or partially emerged wisdom teeth can contribute to gum disease and tooth decay.
  • Crowding of teeth: Impacted wisdom teeth can cause crowding or shifting of other teeth, leading to a misaligned bite and potential need for orthodontic treatment.
At Portland Oral and Facial Surgery, we take wisdom teeth management seriously. Our experienced team will guide you through the process, ensuring you understand all options and potential outcomes. We’re committed to providing a comfortable, stress-free experience, allowing you to achieve and maintain optimal oral health. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a consultation.