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 or Dr. Steinkeler, 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 and Dr. Steinkeler 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 and Steinkeler 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

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Top notch care!

- Jakob A

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Doctor Steinkeler was EXCELLENT. I did not for one second doubt his care. He went above and beyond with additional x-rays to ensure no jaw fractures. Procedure was quick and efficient. He was polite, clearly explained everything, did not rush and listened to my concerns and most importantly - tended to my nervousness with the needle. Had a great bedside manner and was kind. The office got me in same day for my emergency procedure. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this office due to cleanliness, professionalism and expertise. Thank you for your service!

- Joelle B

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I have never been so pleased with a dental service, you guys made me feel very comfortable and very safe. I will recommend you guys to all my friends and family.

- Heriberto C

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This was a very stressful thing to go through with my daughter. I was born without wisdom teeth so I didn't know what to expect. All I can say is that I couldn't have asked for better care than your office gave my daughter. Thank you!!!

- Charice P

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Very pleased with overall service, everyone was extremely nice. Thanks to Dr. Steinkeler and the nurse, I think his name is Jimmy he walked me out to my car. YOU ALL ROCK. keep doing a great job. Dionne S

- Dionne S

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I was really anxious about having all 4 wisdom teeth removed at once. Dr. Keinle and his team were really amazing. They made me feel comfortable right away and did a great job on the procedure. I had a very easy recovery! I will definitely recommend this practice to others. It’s a bit of a drive from my home in Philadelphia but very much worth it!

- Melissa P

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I was very anxious about the procedure by the nurses, staff and Dr steinkeler got me thrift it in a reassuring way. All things considered the experience was better than I was expecting.

- Sarah K

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Very easy experience given the need for wisdom teeth extraction. Highly recommended.

- Greg B

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Good experiance

- griffin w

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Great dentist no pain

- anthony W

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This was a very pleasant and easy experience. The doctor and staff were very compassionate and communicative with my son and made him feel very safe and comfortable. He's only 12 , young to have wisdom teeth out but he was very much at ease before, during, and after the procedure.

- Blake L

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Highly recommend.

- James C

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Friendly, procedure did not hurt at all

- Timothy K

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Let face it, nobody wants to see the oral surgeon, but Dr. Kienle and the staff at the Ft. Washington office made it a more pleasant experience. I had a wisdom tooth removed, a molar removed and a bone graft. I initially wanted to have the extractions done separately because the recovery would be more difficult. (at least in my mind) Dr. Kienle explained that it would be better as one procedure due to reduced anesthesia risk and the recovery wouldn't be too uncomfortable. He was right, In my case the post procedure discomfort has been OK. Dr. Slone's recommendation and the information presented on the web site is what brought me to your practice. What was most important to me was the fact that Dr. Kienle has a medical degree as well as the dental degree. When being put under general anesthesia, I want a doctor with medical training if something unforeseen happens. The nursing staff was great. Overall a positive experience.

- Joe T

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Procedure went well. Nurse walked me to the car after my procedure which was really nice.

- Anna W

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I was very nervous prior to my wisdom teeth extraction procedure, but the staff assured me that everything would be alright. I am amazed at how quickly I've recovered and how easy the whole process was.

- Megan M

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Procedure went very smooth with minimal discomfort

- James J

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Great team of doctors and nurses. Explained procedure and answered all questions!

- Mahi E

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Excellent treatment and easy to contact for followup questions.

- Trevor G

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Dr. Steinkeler and the staff were all great!

- Amanda B

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