Wisdom Tooth Extraction | Surgical Arts Centre


Many patients incorrectly assume that wisdom teeth should not be removed until they cause symptoms. When we are able to predict the problems they will cause, removing them earlier is almost always a much better choice.

- Dr. Holtzen -

Dental health issues caused by wisdom teeth

Your four wisdom teeth, also known as your third molars, emerge in the very back of your mouth sometime between the ages of 17 and 25. Unfortunately, these teeth have a tendency to crowd your other teeth, make your teeth difficult to clean, or become impacted (when a tooth fails to fully erupt into the mouth).

In many cases, wisdom teeth can cause a variety of dental health issues including:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Crowding
  • Gum disease and receding gums
  • Tooth damage and tooth loss
  • Root Damage
  • Bone damage and bone loss
  • Tooth decay
  • Cysts/Tumors

Some of these dental issues and oral health concerns have been linked to overall health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy complications, and endocarditis (heart infection).

The procedure, the recovery, and the results

Before your procedure, you will meet with your doctor to discuss your medical history, your concerns, and your ideal outcome. During this meeting you will also discuss your anesthesia options.

At the time of the procedure, your surgeon will sedate you and begin the operation. He will expose your impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth with an incision and then remove them – either in their entirety or in pieces. The area will then be cleaned, stitched if necessary, and bandaged with gauze.

After the surgery, you will recover in an adjoining room as your sedative wears off. For the first 24 hours after surgery, you should rest, eat only soft foods, and be mindful of the empty sockets where your wisdom teeth were removed. For the next week, monitor your bleeding, swelling, and any other symptoms related to the surgery. Be careful not to dislodge the blood clot from the tooth socket during recovery and inform your doctor if you notice any issues related to your healing process. You can treat your pain or discomfort with prescription or over-the-counter medication.

Meet your surgeons

Both of our oral and maxillofacial surgeons have extensive experience with tooth extraction, from straightforward removals to more complex cases. Our two physicians have over fifty years of combined experience in dental surgery.

R.F. John Holtzen, D.M.D. is certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and by the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology.

Clark O. Taylor, M.D., D.D.S. is certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, as well as the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, and has served as an examiner for both specialty boards.


Schedule your consultation

Whether your wisdom teeth are causing you discomfort or whether you would like to remove them before they begin to create health issues, we are here to help.