Wisdom Teeth

By the age of 18 the average adult has 32 teeth: 16 teeth on top and 16 teeth on bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine, and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces. The back teeth (molar teeth) are used to grind food into a consistency suitable for swallowing.

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

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 is not what generally happens. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, only partially emerge from the gum, or can 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. An impacted tooth simply means that it is “stuck”.

These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness. The 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 the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid complications.

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.

Oral Examination

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Drs. Famiglio or Chun can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or future potential problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result 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. Famiglio or Chun is trained, licensed, and highly experienced in providing various types of anesthesia for patients.

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 (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding bite down on the gauze 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 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 at Exton: 610-383-7000 and Exton: Exton Office Phone Number 610-363-7000.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Overview

For a brief narrated overview of the wisdom tooth removal process, please click the image below. It will launch our educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about wisdom teeth.

Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety. We utilize modern monitoring equipment and our staff are experienced in anesthesia techniques.

Dr. Peter M. Famiglio & Associates - Brandywine Oral Surgery

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With never being put under anesthesia or having any teeth extracted, I was very nervous prior to having my wisdom teeth taken out. I could not have made a better choice when going to Brandywine Oral Surgery. Every staff member, especially Dr Famiglio, quickly diminished much of my fear and anxiety within the first meeting. The procedure itself went very smoothly, including a quick recovery. Hands down, if I needed to have any more specialty dental work done, I would come here!

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I was very nervous for my wisdom tooth extraction. Everyone made me feel very comfortable and it was a great experience.

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Dr. Famiglio and his team were excellent to our daughter. This was the first time she had anesthesia and they provided extra comfort post procedure. Top notch care!

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My care and tooth extraction was excellent!

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Had a very pleasant visit to get 2 impacted wisdom teeth extracted. Dr. Famiglio and staff treated me with care and kindness. Would highly recommend to family and friends.

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I always recommend Pete to all friends that need real and serious dental work.

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great experience I was handled with such patience and care. Will be going back to have an implant placed (I'm actually excited about it, imagine that!) I highly recommend this office!

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Great experience! Would highly recommend this practice to anyone.

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I was nervous and concerned about having all four wisdom teeth removed at the same time, especially as an older adult. The procedure went better than I expected! The staff was fantastic, and took really good care of me during and after the procedure. I would highly recommend Dr. Famiglio to anyone looking for specialized oral care, I would use his services again!

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I've had 2 kids get their wisdom teeth pulled here and about to have a third. I would definitely recommend Dr. Famiglio.

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Dr. Famiglio and his staff were very friendly and professional. They put my fears at ease and the procedure went off without issue. Dr. Famiglio even followed up with a personal phone call that night to check on my status. I would definitely recommend him to friends and family.

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Everything went as planned. Staff was wonderful with my daughter and made her feel at ease and were concerned with her comfort.

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