Wisdom Teeth


By the age of eighteen, the average adult has 32 teeth; 16 teeth on the top and 16 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. The back teeth or molar teeth are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing.

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.”

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Why Should I Remove My Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to erupt successfully.

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

These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the tooth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom tooth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom tooth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted tooth or teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.

Oral Examination

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Eichner, Dr. Smiga, Dr. Davies or Dr. Robertson can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there may be present or future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid- teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Our doctors have the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients.

Removal

The removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia) or in most cases IV sedation. These options as well as the surgical risks (i.e. sensory nerve damage, sinus complications) will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding, bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your post-operative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us.

Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff that are experienced in anesthesia techniques.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Reviews

Pittsburgh Oral Surgery, PC

5 out of 5 stars based on 85 Wisdom Teeth reviews.

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Dr. Davies and the staff were helpful in explaining our teen's wisdom teeth extraction. Our daughter got great care. Relative to her procedure, it was a breeze.

- Mark D

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I was able to get an appointment surprisingly fast which was great for me because I was incredibly nervous. The staff was very friendly and answered my numerous question I had pre-surgery as well as post-surgery. This was my first time having any kind of surgical procedure done and Dr. Robertson did a great job. I'm about 1 week past my surgery date and so far so good!

- Danielle P

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All staff and clinicians were nice and respectful. They made sure I knew what to expect before the procedure began.

- Evelyn H

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The office was friendly, clean and knowledgeable. The anesthesiologist I had was amazing! She was really nice. She explained everything she was going to do and put me at ease. Honestly she’s the only one I remember specifically.

- Anita M

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All of the staff members were very friendly and made the process as easy as possible. Overall it was a great experience!

- Amanda F

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I was extremely anxious about getting my wisdom teeth removed, but Dr. Davies made it a smooth procedure and the staff was very nice. I feel great and can’t even tell I just had 4 wisdom teeth removed.

- Jennifer P

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Everyone was so kind and helpful. Having a tooth removed is nerve wracking, but they put me at ease and I was in and out in under an hour.

- GLENN F

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Everyone was very nice and caring.

- Kathy G

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Overall experience was great! Everyone was very helpful and informative.

- Elizabeth S

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Friendly and professional. Happy with my treatment. Definitely would recommend PGH Oral Surgery and Dr. Davies.

- Intisar I

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Although getting teeth pulled is never a great experience, I appreciated the courtesy and professionalism of the staff at Pittsburgh Oral Surgery, from scheduling to the day of the procedure. They also did a great job on the day of - I was in and out of the office within 30 minutes and it was as painless as I imagine is possible for it to be!

- Elisabeth E

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Good appt

- Shaunay E

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The whole experience was fantastic. The entire staff was great!!

- Amy W

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Very good experience. I was so nervous to get a wisdom tooth pulled but it was super quick and easy.

- Katie M

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My daughter got all 4 of her wisdom teeth pulled. They did a great job.

- Alicia P

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Quick and efficient

- Katrina W

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When I searched for an oral surgeon to remove my wisdom teeth, I looked for one that was both skilled and personable. My search led me to Dr. Davies. I could not have been in better hands. She and the staff were like visiting old friends. They made me feel comfortable and at ease. Even without being able to have IV sedation like I planned because of Covid-19, the worst part of having the tooth removed with just local anesthesia was keeping my mouth open the entire time. Even recovery wasn't bad!

- Nicole S

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Was a lot faster than expected and a lot less painful than expected. Dr was extremely efficient!

- Elynna Y

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The entire staff treated me so kindly, and was so empathetic, it brought tears to my eyes. I went through some painful days, so finding kind people made a huge difference.

- Cintia Z

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Everyone from the receptionists to the nurses to the doctor was very accommodating. No complaints whatsoever.

- Leo S

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This office is a well oiled machine. Made wisdom teeth surgery manageable and easy.

- john

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Everything went well and smoothly. The doctor and all staff were professional and friendly. Happy with this practice.

- Natalia G

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Exceptional work from both Dr. Robertson and Kaitlyn. The procedure was done to a high standard with minimal recovery time. I am very appreciative and would definitely recommend this practice to others.

- Jonathan P

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Very friendly and informative staff

- Debbie K

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The process was quick and simple.

- Kitoko C

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Excellent practice! All the staff and doctors are great with teens

- Elizabeth V

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I love the efficiency at Shadyside.

- Zhiyao A

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Dr. Robertson and his team were fantastic! The local anesthesia process was smooth and painless. The actual extraction process took less than 5 minutes! All the office staff was very professional too.

- Jiajun L

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The doctor and staff were great.

- jeffrey m

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Very friendly, professional team. Everyone we met in this office were patient and efficient. Dr. Robertson was amazing, explained everything comepletely, asked if we had any questions, and was very patient-friendly. He and the nurse Anesthetist did excellent work with my daughter's surgery, no problems at all.6

- saundra s

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I'd highly recommend Pittsburgh Oral Surgery. I had never needed any dental procedures (aside from a cleaning twice per year) until needing my wisdom teeth extracted, so needless to say I was terrified. Dr. Davies and the staff were absolutely amazing and did a great job calming my nerves prior to the procedure. The procedure itself was quick - took a little nap and woke up with four fewer teeth and little to no swelling. Had them out on a Thursday and was back at work on Monday morning. I can't believe I put the surgery off for as long as I did, because it was nothing to worry about!

- Gabby F

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The staff was friendly and professional.

- Dereck G

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Thank you to Dr. Davies and the entire staff!

- Alexandra P

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Everyone was terrific

- Andrew p

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From my first initial phone call to the office, every staff member has been extremely helpful and kind. Both my consultation and surgery were uncomplicated and efficient. I felt like I was taken care of every step of the way. Dr. Robertson is wonderful and explained everything in an understandable way, and was happy to answer any questions I had. Overall I am extremely satisfied, and would highly recommend Pittsburgh Oral Surgery.

- Sarah F

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Dr. Robertson is very professional, easy to talk to and care about patients. My anesthetist Karen is also very gentle and nice when putting the IV. They made me feel comfortable and put me at ease. The whole procedure is quick and painless and all the staffs are very caring. Thank you Pittsburgh Oral Surgery for helping me solve my wisdom teeth problem so professionally. I would highly recommend this place!

- Ruoqing C

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Very easy in and out. Everyone in the office was very professional and helpful

- Cheryll L

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I would like to express sincere gratitude for the overall care provided at Pittsburgh Oral Surgery in Monroeville. Thank you!

- Anais P

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Very nice experience!

- Charles R

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Quick and efficient service. Staff was wonderful and very informative.

- Matthew P

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Everyone was so nice to both me and my daughter. The receptionist directed me to make sure I knew where to get a convenient parking spot. The medical staff then walked us through the medical procedure and were very good about making my daughter feel as comfortable as possible, both before and after the procedure.

- Lisa P

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Quick and painless

- Joe S

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everyone in the office was very nice and made me feel comfortable during the procedure

- Nicole A

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They helped me feel comfortable and I don't remember much else.

- Sidney N

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Staff was very patient and caring. The procedure went quickly.

- Britt Nee W

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Procedure went great, very nice staff, Dr very caring

- Domenick M

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both initial appt and the procedure appt were easily scheduled without long wait times all staff were competent, knowlegable and friendly! appreciated the help with insurance questions too.

- Katherine C

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Most quick and literally painless doctor visit I've ever had. Staff was very informative and pleasant.

- Jessica M

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Staff is very pleasant and caring. Dr Davies was wonderful!

- Amy P

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Kind and professional staff, very patient with my son’s anxiety about the procedure.

- Chris V

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