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Wisdom Teeth

Portland Oregon Wisdom Teeth Oral Surgeons

Wisdom & Impacted Tooth Removal

Preventing More Serious Conditions Down The Road

When wisdom teeth are aligned properly and the gum tissue is healthy, they do not need to be removed. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from erupting properly within the mouth—partially erupted or impacted teeth can cause many problems including excess bacteria and infection.

Through an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, our surgeons are able to evaluate the position of wisdom teeth and predict if there may be present or future problems. Patients are typically evaluated as teenagers and early removal is recommended to avoid future problems and decrease surgical risk.

The Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom tooth removal is most commonly performed during the teenage and young adulthood years, typically from 16-25. The benefit to removing wisdom teeth at this age becomes all the avoided problems wisdom teeth and impact teeth can cause. Wisdom teeth tend to grow later in life, once the adult teeth have already come in, and this causes crowding that can lead to crooked teeth, infections, and a multitude of other oral complications. It’s just easier to remove these teeth entirely and avoid the issues down the line.

Impacted Teeth Impact Your Life

It may seem easy to ignore an impacted tooth, but over the long term, wisdom teeth can lead to issues such as:

  • Jaw swelling
  • Bleeding gums
  • Crooked teeth
  • Bad breath due to infection
  • Loss of bone and/or supporting tissue
  • Loss of healthy teeth

Most of the time, we see patients that have the first symptoms of an impacted tooth. However, the best way to prevent these issues from occurring is to visit an oral surgeon in your area to find out the impact these teeth can have on your oral health.

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  • From Our Patients

    “We were very impressed with how thorough Dr. Cheng was at the consultation. He spent a substantial amount of time answering questions. The entire staff was awesome. On the day of surgery, the clinical staff did a wonderful job of making me feel less stressed about the procedure.”

    Jill C. ,
    Mother of Patient

  • From Our Patients

    "I was impressed by the professionalism of the caring staff; I felt they went above and beyond for me."

    Charlotte Galbraith,
    Oral Surgery Patient

  • From Our Patients

    "My experience with Head and Neck was awesome. While the procedure was one of the most difficult experiences of my life, the staff at Head and Neck were very accommodating. The outcome was as expected, no surprises, everything turned out great!"

    Timothy Webb,
    Dental Implant Patient

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by TJ R. on Head & Neck Surgical Associates
Forever grateful

I’m forever grateful. You guys gave me my life back. Im forever grateful the hours you’ve spent repairing me and giving me the ability to swallow again

by Grant C. on Head & Neck Surgical Associates
Was in and out quickly with no pain during the procedure

Cannot recommend Dr. Patel enough. Got two impacted wisdom teeth extracted earlier today, one was very close to nerve so slightly more tricky. Was in and out quickly with no pain during the procedure, and very little pain so far compared to my previous extraction. Staff is confident and helpful, and they even played my favorite band for the procedure. Thank you!

by Mez M. on Head & Neck Surgical Associates
Amazing Experience

Amazing experience. Had my wisdom tooth pulled here and the Dr and staff did a great job!

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