Wisdom Teeth

The Christiana Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery P.A. – Newark & Middletown DE

By the age of 18, 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 (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.”

Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

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 successfully erupt.

These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth 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 teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.

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Newark DE
Christiana Hospital Location Phone Number 302-292-1600
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Middletown DE
Middletown Location Phone Number 302-376-3700
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Our office hours are Newark Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm. Middletown Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm

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

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With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. D’Amico III, Dr. D’Amico or Dr. Kosa can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or may be 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. Drs. D’Amico III, D’Amico or Kosa have the training, license, and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.


In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia), or general anesthesia. 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, if necessary, 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 postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics, and a follow-up appointment in about one week for suture removal. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at Christiana Hospital Location Phone Number 302-292-1600.

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

For more information about Wisdom Teeth or to schedule an appointment with Eugene M. D'Amico III, DDS, FACS, Michael D. D’Amico, DDS or Fadi N. Kosa, DMD , contact us today!

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Dr Michael very very.nice Doctor. Very courteous always letting the patients know what is his next step going to be. I was nervous as heck made me feel relaxed by saying I will be fine. Exactly that happened. Thank You so much.

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I have my procedure this Friday but from what i experienced today i know it will be a breeze with great client service and communication.

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All of the staff are extremely friendly and made me very comfortable. They were able to answer all of my questions thoroughly, talked me through each step, and were quick and efficient. Will 100% return for any future dental procedures.

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Very pleased with the professionalism and focus of the entire organization. The office/surgery visit ran like clock-work!

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Quick and easy surgery Everyone was nice and helpful Made the process easy

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The whole staff was so friendly they all made me feel do confortable. Dr.M. D’ Amico explained procedure clearly. From reception to assistants and financial services they all so helpful made me feel safe.

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Staff was extremely helpful and friendly. I was concerned how my child would react but he was complaining at ease.

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My son and niece both had all 4 wisdom teeth removed today, from the consultation at the Middletown office to post-op instructions in the Newark office: absolutely outstanding!!!! I highly recommend your practice!!!!

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Everyone was so nice and really made you feel good about what was going on. Everyone’s demeanor really made me feel comfortable and I really appreciated that.

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