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. Kienle, Dr. Steinkeler or Dr. Gunawardena, please use our Appointment Request form or call our office: Warminster Office Phone Number 215-672-6560.
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. 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.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Centers 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. 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.
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 Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Centers. Call our office if you would like more information: Warminster Office Phone Number 215-672-6560.
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Patient Review by Alise C
Dr. G, the nurses, and front desk staff all made the process of having my wisdom teeth removed as pleasant and painless as possible. They consistently made me feel both informed and comfortable with every step of the process and ensured I had all of the information and resources I needed to ease the recovery process. I would most definitely recommend this office to any other patient in need of wisdom teeth removal or any other oral surgery procedure.
- Alise C
Patient Review by Tim B
I'd recommend Dr. Kienle and his staff to just about anyone, I was super nervous going into the procedure but they made it very straight forward with their exceptional level of care and attention to detail.
- Tim B
Patient Review by Lauren M
I had all 4 wisdom teeth removed and when 1 of them got infected, they made time for me immediately and did a revision surgery without charging me any extra. Dr. Steinkeller is very patient and understanding, despite my fear of needles and made me as comfortable as possible. Highly recommend him!
- Lauren M
Patient Review by Leslie S
I couldn’t be more pleased with Dr.Kienle , the nurses and entire office staff members on my surgery day. I had all four teeth extracted at the same time along with two other teeth being addressed that had been causing me discomfort. From the minute my husband and I arrived at the front office we were greeted with the friendliest personalities as they handled pre-surgery paperwork, payment and notes for us to take for missing work. When they took me back to the room for surgery they ensured I was aware of everything they were doing and made sure all of my questions were answered. Then came surgery time, I only remember asking them how long it would be and they just said, the next time we talk, we’ll be waking you up to go over to recovery! This was true! It felt like 5 mins and they were done. In reality it was about an hour or so but I had no clue. I didn’t have any pain , just felt a little loopy and tired as expected from the meds. I figured maybe the next day or so I would be feeling horrible, but no! I was still doing great, I was able to go to a hair appt, enjoy a friends 40th bday party, make a scarecrow for my daughters class and entertain my children and their cousins for a mini Halloween gathering all in the same weekend that I got my wisdom teeth taken out. All of my family and friends were surprised and asked for the office information to schedule appts. , lolll! My husband was my driver for the day due to the sedation and agreed their staff was awesome and accommodating from start to finish, even walking with us all the way to put me into the car after surgery! I don’t want to have to get dental work done, but if it’s happening they are the only offices I’ll allow to do any further work! I’m simply spoiled by their great service! Thank you all for everything!
- Leslie S
Patient Review by Wendy M
Dr. Kienle extracted my son's wisdom teeth. We could not have been more pleased with him and his entire staff. He did an excellent job. My son had very minimal pain, swelling and complications I did have a few questions after the procedure and needed to call to speak to the nurse. She spoke at length with me and was able to assure me that the symptom he was having was normal. All in all, it was a fantastic experience and we would highly recommend this office. Thank you.
- Wendy M
Patient Review by Aayush P
Amazing Experience. Talented Staff. I had gotten my wisdom teeth removed and had very minimal pain. Within two weeks I had very little amounts of pain and was talking almost normally. Absolutely the best.
- Aayush P
Patient Review by Tara K
I had to have 4 wisdom teeth taken out and and it was done very quickly and easily and I have little to no pain or swelling. Everyone at this office is super nice and did a great job!
- Tara K
Patient Review by Jeannine M
I never realized that "ease" and my wisdom teeth extraction would go hand in hand. Dr. was wonderful, friendly, and truly helped calm my nerves all while doing an excellent job with the extraction. I had no swelling or bruising and the pain was manageable with clear instructions for after care.
- Jeannine M
Patient Review by Kim B
I went here as a second opinion..so glad a did. The curtousy, professionalism, bed side manner, explanations on what to do and what to expect was all truly top notch. I hated seeing my boys have to go through this, but things could not have gone smoother!! THANK YOU
- Kim B
Patient Review by leslie w
While I was waiting for my daughter to get her wisdom teeth removed, I informally surveyed other parents in the waiting room and asked about their experiences. They all were consistent with their opinion.....Dr. Kienle is the best. I will def. recommend others.
- leslie w
Patient Review by Mohammad F
Andrew steinkeler was awesome and i was very satisfied with him for my wisdom teeth surgery. Very cool dude as well.
- Mohammad F
Patient Review by Patricia W
I was terrified to get my impacted wisdom teeth removed. The entire process including healing couldn’t haven’t went smoother. Very happy I went with this doctor and team of nurses.
- Patricia W
Patient Review by E G
We were very worried about the length of the wisdom teeth roots, however, Dr. G. was very confident there wouldn't be any issues with the nerve and .... he was right. So relieved! And my daughter felt almost 100% better after 24 hours. We were really happy with everything. Thank you.
- E G
Patient Review by David L
This office is always on top of things and professional in every sense of the word.
- David L
Patient Review by Richard R
Dr. Kienle saved my life and i will be extremely grateful because of that. Anyone who needs oral surgery i will be referring to him because of the great job and amazing practice Dr. Kienle runs.
- Richard R
Patient Review by Nicole T
*loved how I was able to come in when needed for post-surgery assistance *doctor was thorough and very quick! explained everything I needed to know in a timely manner
- Nicole T
Patient Review by Dante C
They made everything go as smoothly as possible and it made getting wisdom teeth removed a breeze.
- Dante C
Patient Review by Casey R
From start to finish, this whole process could not have been better. When I had an impacted wisdom tooth back in December, I was able to be scheduled right away. Other offices had a 3 week minimum wait, this was not the case here. The staff was professional, courteous and extremely flexible with scheduling. I have had other surgeries done in the past for broken bones, but Dr. G has been the best surgeon I have had. He;'s knowledgeable, transparent and a true professional in what he does. Any complications after surgery Dr. G always handled it with care and educated me every step of the way. For a problem that is not always comfortable, thank you for an amazing experience to getting me back on track!
- Casey R
Patient Review by june m
I was recommended by my daughter and I would recommend this practice to anyone who needs dental surgery.
- june m
Patient Review by Jade T
My procedure went quickly and smoothly. I was nervous before the appointment but everything turned out ok. There was barely any pain or discomfort.
- Jade T