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 59 Wisdom Teeth reviews.

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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Patient Review by Michael H

Excellent experience with this practice. Staff and physician were professional and friendly. Procedure and recovery went just as it was explained to us. Would definitely come back and recommend highly! Thank you!

- Michael H

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Patient Review by Rebecca C

Overall I was scared for the procedure but the doctors and nurses made me feel comfortable and at ease. If I ever had to receive another procedure I will DEFINITELY go here. They have such outstanding care. Definitely a 10 out of 10 experience!!

- Rebecca C

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Patient Review by Lydia S

It’s weird to say for a wisdom teeth extraction experience, but I had a very pleasant time! Staff was very nice and helpful and I really liked that we could call them after to ask questions, and they even checked in on me the day after the appt.

- Lydia S

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Patient Review by Josh L

Great staff, great surgeon. I felt safe and well cared for.

- Josh L

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Patient Review by Christopher S

Everyone made me feel very comfortable before/after my procedure. I had such a great experience and will gladly come back.

- Christopher S

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Patient Review by Gianna R

I definitely recommend this office for oral surgery if your insurance allows it. Everyone is patient and knowledgeable enough to answer all your questions before and after surgery. The procedure (all 4 wisdom teeth removal) was quick and easy, and I stopped feeling pain after the first day. Obviously the pain varies from person to person but the overall comfort level provided by the office helps.

- Gianna R

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Patient Review by Linda O

I cannot say enough about Dr Steinkeler and his amazing staff! He is compassionate and kind, very knowledgeable and warm! He took excellent care of our daughter in an emergency situation that required surgery at Abington Hospital. We recently returned to have her wisdom teeth removed and again exceptional care!! I highly recommend Dr Steinkeler.

- Linda O

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Patient Review by Malcolm G

Quick procedure, friendly staff, glad I got my wisdom teeth removed without any issues.

- Malcolm G

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Patient Review by Creg W

Very nice place to be and trust.

- Creg W

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Patient Review by Diane F

Overall very professional provider and staff.

- Diane F

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Patient Review by Richard R

What a wonderful practice! Outstanding from every aspect of the process.

- Richard R

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Patient Review by Margaret E

Would definitely use this office again. Dr. Kienle was great and the entire staff was attentive and very nice.

- Margaret E

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Patient Review by Twisa

Dr. Steinkeler was informative, straightforward and easy going. The quality of care of outstanding, I would highly recommend!

- Twisa

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Patient Review by Dawn S

I had 3 Wisdom teeth extracted and the procedure was quick & painless. Overall the experience has been pleasant from beginning to end,

- Dawn S

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Patient Review by Rebecca S

I'm very happy I chose this office to have my remaining 3 wisdom teeth removed. I had a bad experience at a previous oral surgeon with my first tooth. This experience was a million times better.

- Rebecca S

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Patient Review by Kevin S

Overall excellent experience!!

- Kevin S

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