Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth Overview

The average adult has thirty-two teeth by age eighteen: sixteen teeth on the top and sixteen teeth on the 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 while the back teeth, or molar teeth, are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing.

However, 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 teeth. These four other teeth are your third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth”.

For more information about Wisdom Teeth Removal or to make an appointment with Dr. Schelkun, Dr. Kienle, Dr. Steinkeler or Dr. Gunawardena, please use our Contact Us form or call our office: Warminster Office Phone Number 215-672-6560.

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Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

Anthropologists believe wisdom teeth were the evolutionary answer to our ancestor’s early diet of coarse, unprocessed food. We needed wisdom teeth for the extra chewing power they provided. Now with modern food and the use of utensils, wisdom teeth are unnecessary for chewing food. Evolution has also shown that over time, our jaws have become relatively smaller in relation to our enlarged cranial vault required for brain development. This imbalance of unnecessary teeth in an environment of less room to erupt into the mouth causes many wisdom teeth to be impacted and not able to erupt fully into the mouth.

Please remember all of the procedures described here are surgical procedures. These surgical procedures are best performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the only dental specialists who are fully trained in all of these surgical procedures. Dr. Schelkun, Dr. Kienle, Dr. Steinkeler and Dr. Gunawardena are all fully trained and experienced in these surgical procedures. All doctors in our practice are board certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery and in anesthesia, and have also earned both a medical and a dental degree.

Drs. Schelkun & Kienle Associates is the only practice in the Delaware Valley/Tri-State area where all of the surgeons have both their medical and dental degrees, and are board certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery and anesthesia, and in which all of our surgical facilities are fully accredited by the Joint Commission. You can be assured that Drs. Schelkun, Kienle, Steinkeler and Gunawardena have the best training and experience, along with the proper staff and facilities, to provide you with exceptional safe and comfortable surgical care.

Call Warminster Office Phone Number 215-672-6560 to schedule your wisdom teeth consultation.

To read more about wisdom teeth view our informative pages below.


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


Patient Reviews: Wisdom Teeth Removal

This reviews section is in progress. Please visit the Patient Review Form page to leave a review about your Wisdom Teeth removal experience with Drs. Schelkun & Kienle Associates. Call our office if you would like more information: Warminster Office Phone Number 215-672-6560.

Drs. Schelkun & Kienle Associates

5 out of 5 stars based on 75 Wisdom Teeth reviews.

Patient Review by Molly G

Overall a very good experience and would definitely return if I needed something else done!

- Molly G

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Patient Review by Holly M

The doctor and his staff were very professional and friendly. They made me feel comfortable before, during and after the procedure. The advise they gave me for my recovery helped a lot and I felt like it made a big difference in my recovery time.

- Holly M

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Patient Review by Evan R

You saved my life and I thank you guys everyday for it

- Evan R

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Patient Review by Ellen H

I haven't been to the dentist in a really long time, and I was very nervous about having my wisdom teeth removed. The entire staff could not have been nicer. The procedure was practically painless and I would definitely recommend this office to a friend.

- Ellen H

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Patient Review by diane b

great experience. from scheduling the initial consultation to post -op care and instruction given. Wonderful, professional and skilled team.

- diane b

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Patient Review by Elisa P

I am very pleased with my daughter’s procedure. The procedure went very quickly and everything went as expected.

- Elisa P

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Patient Review by Victoria U

Highly trained doctors and nurses. Calmed my nerves before starting anesthesia. At consultation the nurse actually showed me the antibiotic which I greatly appreciated. Overall very good experience and will return if additional surgery is needed.

- Victoria U

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Patient Review by Tanya W

Thank you and you did a wonderful job!!

- Tanya W

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Patient Review by Sharon G

Thank you all for your help and professionalism. Great experience!

- Sharon G

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Patient Review by Denise S

No one wants to get their teeth pulled , but if its a must, then this is the place, no wait time , convenient hours , great front desk!! Dr Kienle is very friendly and makes you feel at ease. Great job !!!! Thanks

- Denise S

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Patient Review by NICHOLAS R

I thank the management and staff at Dr. Schelkun & Kienle Associates, for the very pleasant experience. I had my reservations about the procedure I had done, but all my fears were laid to rest after my consultation and were totally eliminated when I showed up on the day of my appointment. The preparation and staging were conducive to the efficiency and timely manner in which everything was achieved. The aftercare nurse along with the formalities was also outstanding. Thanks again, your service was 1000%.

- NICHOLAS R

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Patient Review by Bari B

I’ve heard horror stories about wisdom tooth extractions, so naturally I was a little worried about my procedure. Dr. Kienle and his staff were amazing. I’ve healed with zero complications or discomfort, and would definitely recommend them to others!

- Bari B

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Patient Review by Margaret D

They explained everything and made my daughter feel at ease.

- Margaret D

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Patient Review by Richard McL

My wife and I appreciated the down to earth and professional environment that the doctor and staffing provided. Our children’s procedure went off without any issues, and the staff was courteous, helpful, and caring during our entire time in the office.

- Richard McL

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Patient Review by Allison R

Everyone was very friendly and polite. They calmed my nerves and really assisted me through the entire process

- Allison R

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Patient Review by KARLI K

I am extremely pleased with the results of the removal of my 5 teeth. I was in a very strange circumstance and was not aware of what was going on, all of the staff made sure they walked me through everything, down to making sure that my insurance was going to cover the procedure. I will absolutely be back for my implant in the distant future.

- KARLI K

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Patient Review by Andrew S

Overall care and communication with Dr Schelkun and his staff was excellent. Dr. Schelkun's professional abilities are outstanding. The pain level and recovery time after the procedure were much less than anticipated.

- Andrew S

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Patient Review by Jze T

Will recommend to everyone, my overall experience and recovery was great!!

- Jze T

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Patient Review by Jacqlyn h

Dr Steinkeler and his staff were the best I would recommand them to everybody..

- Jacqlyn h

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Patient Review by Edward H

5 stars all around very pleased with entire staff and doctor ,no pain or problems after surgery ,great job, thank you

- Edward H

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