Wisdom Teeth

By the age of 18, the average adult has 32 teeth. The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28. These four other teeth are your third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth.”

Ready to have your wisdom teeth removed? Call our office in Salem at ☎ Salem Office Phone Number 503-375-2000, in Albany at ☎ Albany Office Phone Number 541-924-9000 or in Corvallis at ☎ Corvallis Office Phone Number 541-757-1566 if you have any questions about Wisdom Teeth Removal or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Howerton, Dr. Hopkin, Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Clark today!

Why should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this generally does not happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, or even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt.

These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems:

  • When partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection, resulting in swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness.
  • Pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth.
  • The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth.

Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.

Wisdom Teeth Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of wisdom teeth, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to wisdom teeth are discussed.

Wisdom Teeth Presentation

Oral Examination

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Drs. Howerton, Hopkin, Kennedy and Clark can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or may be future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment results in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist, or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Drs. Howerton, Hopkin, Kennedy and Clark have the training, license, and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia) or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured.

Upon discharge, your postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics, and a follow-up appointment in one week for suture removal. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us.

Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.

Patient Reviews for Wisdom Teeth Removal

Drs. Howerton, Hopkin, Kennedy and Clark LLC

5 out of 5 stars based on 17 Wisdom Teeth reviews.

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I had my wisdom teeth removed, the whole process went very well and the staff was very helpful. I would recommend them to a friend. Thanks

- Scott S

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The office was welcoming and warm. They made us feel comfortable and answered all our questions.

- Michael M

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I was so nervous for this surgery. But the staff calmed me. I did not feel a thing, and the surgeon did an amazing job. My surgeons assistant lady was very comforting and nice to me. Thank you.

- Daniel D

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Dr.kennedy and staff did a wonderful job educating me before my wisdom teeth removal. They took time to answer my questions and all were very kind and courteous. I'm very pleased with the surgery as well. I was anxious about it but it was a great experience!

- amanda d

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Everyone was wonderful from the 1st phone call through the whole process!!!! Truly impressed when my son had all 4 of his wisdom teeth extracted on a Friday. On Sunday Dr. Hopkin personally called to see how my son was doing!!!

- Lara L

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Overall I felt that the staff catered to my needs. The doctor made me feel very comfortable and at ease with the operation. I would definitely recommend this place to another friend!

- Glory L

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With the welcoming atmosphere and doctors that knew what they were doing. I'd recommend this to my friends as well as come back myself if I ever needed something done again.

- Connor B

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I was pretty nervous but they really make everything as simple as possible

- Aleya G

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I had my wisdom teeth removed by Dr. Hopkin. Dr. Hopkin was nice and he answered all my questions so that when i went in to get my wisdom teeth removed i knew what to expect. I would definitely recommend going here ! The staff here are very nice

- Olivia F

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Overall the experience was good. I appreciated the gel packs and cover for icing/heating surgical area. That helped a lot! The procedure only took an hour and seemed to go smoothly. The staff were nice.

- April G

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I had a great experience! The staff was funny and made it less scary going in and coming out of surgery! I didn't have any problems following the surgery, so the doctors did a good job!

- Brianna H

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I was very nervous coming in to have my wisdom teeth removed, but the whole team was very comforting, and reassured me that the whole process was going to be quick and easy. It was! During the first appointment, they were very informative and helped my family, as well as me, understand what was going to happen during the day of surgery. We agreed to use general anesthesia to increase comfort throughout the procedure. On the day of surgery, it was very quick. The staff took very good care of me. After being set up for the procedure, the only thing I remember was waking up getting put into my car. After arriving home, I had mild pain from the surgery, but it was hardly noticeable after taking even over the counter pain relievers. Overall, great service.

- An N

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I just got my wisdom teeth removed this morning. I was pretty nervous, but the receptionist and the dental assistant were both friendly and comforting. I also have some anxiety related to IV's due to a bad experience when I was younger, but they talked me through it, and the IV was quick and almost completely pain-free. Dr. Hopkin definitely knew what he was doing. I was overall really pleased with how efficient and effortless the experience was and my mouth is already starting to heal just a few hours later. I was also told in advance exactly how much my insurance would cover and I paid ahead of time, which gave the whole thing complete transparency. Thanks so much guys for making this experience as pleasant and easy as possible.

- Morgan T

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I had a wisdom tooth extracted and a root beside it removed at the same time which was left from a molar that was pulled many years previously. Everything went very well - Dr. Kennedy is a Pro - gave me a local and had the procedure done in no time. His assistant, Cindy, was also very proficient - she covered all areas of what to expect before and after, and exactly what to do when you get home; plus she has a knack for calming your nerves! THANK YOU

- Sondra S

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Everyone was super nice & accommodating. I really, really like that they give warm blankets. The ice packs they give you is amazing, so I could still use my hands for other things w/o having to hold onto an ice pack. The discharge instructions were very clear & detailed making it easy to follow. Staff were so nice & took time to answer all answers. It was a nice surprise that the doctor actually called himself from home to check on our well being & left his personal number for us to call for questions. It was great they were able to schedule an apt with my brother at the same time so I could watch him suffer along with me.

- Kiersten L

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Excellent care, wonderful staff

- Beth B

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Have to say even tho my visit involved surgery ! It was a great experience. The staff was amazing. Dr. Howerton was professional but super friendly. I will differently come back if I need my other wisdom tooth extracted.

- Sesilia S

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