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, Sat 9:30am-1pm.

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 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. Dr. D’Amico III, Dr. D’Amico, Dr. Kosa or Dr. Spencer 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 Dr. D’Amico III, Dr. D’Amico, Dr. Kosa or Dr. Spencer , contact us today!

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The Christiana Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery P.A.

5 out of 5 stars based on 82 Wisdom Teeth reviews.

Patient Review By Caroline H

The staff of techs and interns were especially great. When I told them about how I was a bit nervous, they assured me that everything will go as planned. Very easy to talk to, and I appreciate their kindness!!

- Caroline H

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Patient Review By shannon s

The staff were all so pleasant and professional it helped to make the experience comfortable for my daughter and myself I would highly recommend this office to anyone

- shannon s

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Patient Review By Cassidy A

Dana was super sweet and very helpful. She went over and above helping with making sure I was taken care of during my procedure and at discharge.

- Cassidy A

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Patient Review By Cassidy A

Overall experience went well.

- Cassidy A

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Patient Review By Kelly R

We had a scheduled appt for my teenage daughters wisdom teeth. Everyone we encountered from the receptionist to the Dr was extremely friendly and helpful.

- Kelly R

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Patient Review By Daniela H

Dr. Eugene’s team is solid, efficient, friendly, professional and the service provided was excellent. It’s been a week since I went in for my wisdom teeth procedure and the recovery is looking positive. I recommend it.

- Daniela H

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Patient Review By Alisia A

I was extremely scared to get my wisdom teeth out. I did not know what to expect. Dr. Spencer and the staff made sure I was comfortable and assured me that I was going to be okay. Thats all I could ever ask for. Thank you and keep up the good work.

- Alisia A

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Dr. D’Amico and staff are the best! They take great care of their patients..

- Anonymous

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Patient Review By April

Great experience

- April

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Patient Review By Jelisia J

The staff and doctor were very courteous and helpful. I would recommend this practice to anyone I know.

- Jelisia J

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Patient Review By Ryah L

Everyone was really nice to me and made me feel comfortable when I was nervous

- Ryah L

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Patient Review By Aaliyah B

Everything went well, very friendly staff!!!

- Aaliyah B

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Patient Review By Ethan P

Loved receiving text confirming appt time. Also loved getting a call later the same day of wisdom teeth extraction as well as day 2. Sometimes questions come up that you don't think of at first, so this was a special professional & courteous touch.

- Ethan P

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Patient Review By Chris F

I'm feeling great after the procedure with wisdoms and 2 extractions, I was very nervous scheduling because I hadn't seen a dentist in over 10 years prior to the referral and had tons of anxiety, but the staff was really kind, knowledgeable and patient, the procedure was done really well with almost no pain on the first day after the drugs have worn off, I'm fine without painkillers which is awesome, if dental work feels like this afterward more often, I might get over my built up anxiety quicker than I thought I would. Only thing that I would suggest is putting actual TV on the TV in the waiting area, the dental videos added to my anxiety. Great service.

- Chris F

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Patient Review By Zach P

Everyone was incredibly nice at the start, especially the nurses. After the fact, i dont remember much but apparently we all got a long well lol

- Zach P

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Patient Review By Lyndsey M

I still think Dr. D'Amico is hot when I'm not coming off of anesthesia

- Lyndsey M

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Patient Review By Danielle G

The nurses along with Dr. D’Amico were fantastic!

- Danielle G

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Patient Review By Kalinia O

I had a wonderful experience and will be returning to receive more work.

- Kalinia O

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Patient Review By GABRIELLA A

Everyone was so nice. I was scared and Leslie and the others helped me feel better and calm down. Dr. Mike was great.


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Patient Review By Xudong X

The overall experience is really great. I thought the wisdom teeth surgery would be scary but the doctor makes it very easy and less painful.

- Xudong X

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