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
Newark DE
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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

Oral Examination

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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5 out of 5 stars based on 124 Wisdom Teeth reviews.

Patient Review By Aaniah M

All the staff and nurses were so nice and made me feel very comfortable before and after my surgery. I would recommend and come back if needed for sure.

- Aaniah M

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Patient Review By Rachae L

Overall was a great experience the staff was amazing and was very helpful. Would definitely recommend to friends!

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My daughter was having discomfort and the staff fit her in quickly and scheduled the appointment around her college schedule. Everyone was friendly and helpful.

- Anonymous

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Patient Review By Dillon S

I would definitely recommend this practice !

- Dillon S

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Patient Review By Christine G

Very friendly

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Patient Review By Tier D

Would highly recommend this professional practice, for those in need.

- Tier D

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Patient Review By Alaia C

They were great. Really nice people.

- Alaia C

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Patient Review By Kevin W

Was very nervous having my first surgery and my first time under any type of anesthesia. The nurses eased my worries, and the procedure went well. Got all 4 extracted, and thankful for the kindness of the staff.

- Kevin W

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Patient Review By Kelly B

Friendliest staff. Dr. was thorough in explaining the procedure. Excellent customer service

- Kelly B

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Patient Review By Idayia Johnson i

Everybody thank you so much for everything, even down to the ice pack with my home instructions. Newark office really show how much they care for their patience health 100%. I felt happy coming in and happy going safely home. Thank you Heroes & Blessings.

- Idayia Johnson i

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Patient Review By Denise

I will definitely be recommending Dr. Kosa and his staff!

- Denise

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Patient Review By Elizabeth O

Incredibly glad the insurance coordinator knew what they were doing this time. We knew from our daughter's experience at this same office that the deductible for us was much higher than quoted. No issues this time around. Thank you for caring for my kids x2. Xoxo

- Elizabeth O

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Patient Review By Sierra K

Everyone was so friendly and helpful. My appointment was a consult for my wisdom teeth and I was very nervous to get them out, but the doctor eased my nerves. I am confident my surgery will go well!

- Sierra K

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Patient Review By Brandi B

Everyone was very friendly and caring!

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Patient Review By Domanique G

Very nice, it's only been a few hours since the procedure but everything feels pretty good right now, not a lot of bleeding, just a little uncomfortable. I thank everyone involved in the process !

- Domanique G

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Patient Review By Sara C

I was extremely nervous about wisdom teeth extraction for obvious reasons (it being my first surgical procedure and all). On the day of my surgery, everyone was very sweet and understanding of my nervousness and made me feel comfortable the entire time I was there. Dr. D did an AWESOME job, and I was truly worried about nothing. Almost a week later and I have no complaints, no pain, and minimal swelling/bruising. 10/10

- Sara C

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Patient Review By Ingrith

todo el equipo fue bueno

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Patient Review By Shavonte

Everyone was friendly. Doctor was polite and so were the assistants.

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Patient Review By Tamarra D

I truly felt welcomed there, whatever nervousness or anxiety I had disappeared. You can truly trust in their care.

- Tamarra D

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