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 Timothy K
Friendly, procedure did not hurt at all
- Timothy K
Patient Review by Joe T
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
Patient Review by Anna W
Procedure went well. Nurse walked me to the car after my procedure which was really nice.
- Anna W
Patient Review by Megan M
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
Patient Review by James J
Procedure went very smooth with minimal discomfort
- James J
Patient Review by Mahi E
Great team of doctors and nurses. Explained procedure and answered all questions!
- Mahi E
Patient Review by Trevor G
Excellent treatment and easy to contact for followup questions.
- Trevor G
Patient Review by Amanda B
Dr. Steinkeler and the staff were all great!
- Amanda B
Patient Review by Samantha T
Recovery took longer than I expected but everything went great and my daughter is now feeling much better. Thanks!
- Samantha T
Patient Review by Savanna B
Overall, glad I got my wisdom teeth done here!
- Savanna B
Patient Review by Victoria T
My experience here was great. The lady at the front desk was nice and making an appointment was quick and easy. The nurses and Dr. Kienle were nice as well, and made sure that they answered any questions that I had about the procedure. Overall, great staff and great place to get your wisdom teeth taken out. Thank you!
- Victoria T
Patient Review by Victoria B
Really like the nurse that let me squeeze her had during the IV. The doctor is explanatory, knowledgeable, and easygoing.
- Victoria B
Patient Review by Michael P
I was a last minute addition to schedule. all went smoothly, and I had a number of questions that were answered. Thanks to all.
- Michael P
Patient Review by Bianca E
Getting my teeth out was a breeze.
- Bianca E
Patient Review by John H
I had a wonderful experience, even though it was very scary, the staff made it as easy as possible.
- John H