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.
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.
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Eichner, Dr. Smiga, Dr. Davies, Dr. Robertson or Dr. Hartman 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.
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
Dr. Davies was amazing! Surgery done on a Friday, and back to work on Monday. Staff was great!
- Anthony V
Dr. Robertson and his staff did a great job
- James F
Felt comfortable and safe. Really friendly staff and doctors who were supportive the entire time. Will definitely recommend to a friend!
- Ashley P
Saw Dr. Smiga for impacted wisdom teeth extractions. Very kind, great bedside manner, very professional and is happy to answer any questions you may have. Eased any concerns and fears I had going into a procedure like this.
- Emily B
Dr smiga and staff were excellent
- Lydia M
- Hannah S
I loved my nurse, Lynn. She made me so comfortable and the surgery went really well.
Everyone was very pleasant and made my experience great.
- Tamara Harris
Office was wonderful from the front office staff to the back office staff. I have NO complaints.
- Courtney S
New to Pittsburgh as a uni student, alone in the city over winter. Went to get all my wisdom teeth removed by Dr Robertson 3 days before Christmas and still had a lovely holiday, recovery and all 🙂
- Joanne C
The day of surgery went very well, and we were very pleased with the courtesy, kindness, care, and competence extended especially by Jill, Kate, and Dr. Davies. Thank you for making the experience a positive and successful one!
- Judith B
one of the best dental experiences i have ever had. i was very nervous but everyone's kindness put me at ease. i'm healing very well thanks to everyone!
- Regan M
Went to see Dr. Robertson to remove my two wisdom teeth and he was very kind and caring and so was the rest of the staff. He helped ease my nerves as I haven't had surgery of any kind since I was an infant. Thank you so much!!!
- Mallory O
very quick and efficient
- Veronica B
Staff was kind and informative, and the doctor was great! Scheduling appointments was very easy, and both my consultation and surgery went very smoothly.
- Margaret R
Everyone was SO nice I had an incredible experience!
- Andrea B
Friendly staff easy procedure
- Leo Merhaut D
I was terrified walking in to the building, but as soon as I sat in the chair and the wonderful anesthesiologist talked to me along with the doctor and staff I was relieved and comfortable. They helped curb my overwhelming fear of the dentist. Absolutely would return (hopefully I don’t have to!)
- Abby C
Lovely and nice
Excellent care with my wisdom teeth removal. Dr Davies and her team did an incredible job. I was able to return to work the next day.
- Ivan N
very friendly staff made me feel comfortable undergoing my first surgical procedure
- Sharon T
This was my second surgery at the monroville location and both have been great experiences. Staff was very kind in every department and there was little to no wait time. I would recommend this place to a friend
- Hanna H
This is my second positive experience with two very different children. Thank you so much for your patience and expertise.
- Jody B
They were really thorough and made me feel relaxed when I was feeling anxious. Would definitely recommend!
- H I
After hearing stories from friends and family about their experiences with wisdom teeth removal I was extremely nervous to have the procedure done. However, Dr. Robertson and his staff made me feel comfortable and relaxed for the procedure. I barely had any pain and swelling post surgery. I feel like I had the best experience I possibly could have had and I would reccomend anyone to Dr. Robertson for wisdom teeth removal.
- Sarah D
Best experience ever. My anesthesia nurse was so kind and wonderful. MD was competent kind and professional. Katelyn was the sweetest!! You were all lovely
- Nova H
Everyone in the office was so nice and really helped make the experience a lot less anxiety inducing. I especially appreciated how much time Karen spent going over the procedure with me and making sure I was comfortable. You guys made it so quick and easy! Thanks to all!
- Jessica R
Terrific experience. The front office staff is exceptional, friendly and very helpful. The medical staff was also exceptional.
- Jackie W
We had a great experience with the helpful and caring staff!
- Heather S
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
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
All staff and clinicians were nice and respectful. They made sure I knew what to expect before the procedure began.
- Evelyn H
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
All of the staff members were very friendly and made the process as easy as possible. Overall it was a great experience!
- Amanda F
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
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
Everyone was very nice and caring.
- Kathy G
Overall experience was great! Everyone was very helpful and informative.
- Elizabeth S
Friendly and professional. Happy with my treatment. Definitely would recommend PGH Oral Surgery and Dr. Davies.
- Intisar I
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
- Shaunay E
The whole experience was fantastic. The entire staff was great!!
- Amy W
Very good experience. I was so nervous to get a wisdom tooth pulled but it was super quick and easy.
- Katie M
My daughter got all 4 of her wisdom teeth pulled. They did a great job.
- Alicia P
Quick and efficient
- Katrina W
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
Was a lot faster than expected and a lot less painful than expected. Dr was extremely efficient!
- Elynna Y
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
Everyone from the receptionists to the nurses to the doctor was very accommodating. No complaints whatsoever.
- Leo S
This office is a well oiled machine. Made wisdom teeth surgery manageable and easy.