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Wisdom Teeth Removal

About Third Molar Extraction

Wisdom teeth emerge much later than the rest of the adult teeth, and most people simply don’t have enough room to accommodate these additional molars. Wisdom teeth have a tendency to grow in sideways, crowd the other teeth, and get trapped under the gums.

Impacted wisdom teeth can cause serious health problems like infections, cysts, or even tumors, which is why most dental professionals recommend early detection and removal of wisdom teeth—usually around the early to mid-teen years. In many cases, these issues present themselves long before the wisdom teeth fully grow into the mouth. Our oral surgeons are experts in the diagnosis and removal of problematic wisdom teeth.

Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal


Improve your oral health.

Wisdom teeth can increase the risk of infection because they are difficult to clean when they do not fully erupt. Having them extracted helps protect against cysts, tumors, chronic bad breath, tooth decay, and other issues caused by wisdom teeth.


Protect your other teeth.

As they develop, wisdom teeth can damage adjacent molars and their roots, which may require root canals and fillings. Removing wisdom teeth protects your existing teeth and helps decrease the risk of periodontal disease.


Prevent or alleviate pain.

Wisdom teeth often cause pain, swelling, and sensitivity as they try to squeeze in. Extraction will immediately alleviate this pain and prevent them from causing discomfort in the future.


Prevent orthodontic problems.

When wisdom teeth erupt, they can push other teeth out of alignment and cause overcrowding. Removing your wisdom teeth may reduce the need for braces or lessen the severity of other orthodontic issues.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure

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Wisdom teeth removal is an outpatient procedure that we perform at our surgical-style operating suite in Kennewick, WA. After the anesthesia has been administered, your surgeon will carefully extract the wisdom teeth, making incisions in the gums as needed. After the third molars have been removed, sutures are placed as needed, and you will return home to recover. Most patients return to their regular routines within a day or two after the procedure.

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Improve and Protect Your Oral Health

Our experts at Columbia Basin Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons can perform simple and complex wisdom tooth extractions quickly and comfortably. Schedule an appointment with us if it’s time for you or your child to have wisdom teeth removed.

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