Wisdom Teeth Removal

What are Wisdom Teeth?

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 wisdom 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 wisdom teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure. Contact St. Luke’s OMS at 610-865-8077 to schedule wisdom teeth removal surgery in the Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, and Stroudsburg, PA areas.

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, our doctors 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. Our doctors 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, 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 one week for suture removal. If you have any further questions about the procedure for removing wisdom teeth, please do not hesitate to call us at 610-865-8077.

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

Office Locations

Bethlehem, PA
Allentown, PA
Easton, PA
Stroudsburg, PA

OUR PATIENTS SAY

We love getting feedback from our patients! If you’re still undecided about whether or not you can trust St. Luke’s OMS to handle your wisdom teeth removal or other oral surgery needs, than please feel free to see what others are saying on our testimonials page.

I can’t say enough good things about Dr Saunders and the entire staff at OMS! The level of care is superior as is the genuine care for your overall well-being. The staff is always available to answer any of your questions and concerns and all of their locations are equally superb!
Erika

Called made an appointment for a wisdom tooth extraction. Was in and out within a half hour. Unbelievable service and amazing pricing. Wouldn’t go anywhere else. Thank you to everyone there that made this painless.

Nick
I have had extractions and one implant so far with St. Luke’s OMS Bethlehem and highly recommend them. Dr. Isaac and her team have always been stellar. Gentle, caring, just a top notch group. So grateful to be a patient of the practice and Dr. Isaac.
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Our team at St. Luke’s OMS makes themselves available 24 hours for oral surgery emergencies. That is why we are the leading Lehigh Valley oral Surgery Practice! If you have an issue that is not during the time of office hours, please leave a message for our answering service. We will be able to evaluate your emergency needs and direct you as needed.