Removing Wisdom Teeth

wisdom-teeth-extractionWisdom teeth can cause difficulties or pain when they attempt to erupt into the mouth during our teens or early twenties. It is possible for any tooth not to enter the mouth and remain impacted within the upper or lower jaw bone. Normally, upper and lower adult teeth erupt vertically into their desired position. If an adult tooth is tilted off its normal eruption path, it will never reach its correct position in the dental arch due to direct or indirect effects of cysts, the relationship to adjacent teeth, lack of adaquate space, or heredity.

Patients are usually referred to Dr. Quist for the removal of impacted wisdom teeth. The referral usually originates from a dentist or other health care professional when these teeth become painful or when the referring doctor has diagnosed insufficient space to accommodate their position in the dental arch.

A patient’s consultation with Dr. Quist regarding wisdom teeth will include a clinical examination and a radiographic examination utilizing a panoramic radiograph. Financial details can also be discussed at this appointment.

After the consultation, Dr. Quist can frequently predict if the wisdom teeth are likely to cause trouble either in the near future or later in life. If so (or if the patient is currently in pain), we will recommend their removal. Removing wisdom teeth is usually easier in younger patients because roots have not yet fully developed and the bone is less dense.


In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, IV sedation or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the possible surgical risks, will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum tissue is sutured if nescesary. To help control bleeding, gauze is placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your postoperative kit will include extra gauze, written postoperative instructions, and prescriptions for pain medication. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us. Our phone number is included on the post operative instruction sheet. Through this number you can contact the office staff or Dr Quist 24/7.

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