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 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.

Oral Examination

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Drs. Fitzgerald, Twersky, and Alkhatib 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. Fitzgerald, Twersky, and Alkhatib has the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.

Removal of Wisdom Teeth

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 questions, please do not hesitate to call us at (203) 371-5595 .

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

Oral Surgery Associates, LLC

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Both appointments were on time. Explained the procedure and available to answer questions. Made me feel comfortable. I understand the procedure could be different for different patients, so appreciated that they all took the extra step to explain all possible side effects, pain levels, etc.

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All the office staff was very pleasant. Made me feel feel comfortable. Dentist was pleasant too. His assistant was was very friendly. I was nervous about have the tooth pulled . My appointment was for 9:30 I was walking out by 9:46. I will be going back soon for more dental work

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Amazing staff, very professional and prompt.

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The office was just AWESOME!!! Both fairfeild and bridgeport!!

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Every one was very courteous

- Judy N

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Took great care from beginning to end of procedure and were there to help with after care questions. The best!

- Amanda C

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Dr. Twersky was very proffessional and explained everything to my son about his upcoming procedure. He was very informative and helped my son understand what was going to happen. Very friendly and awesome bed side manner!

- Vickie P

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Very friendly staff and Doctor Twersky was great! He really took the time to explain everything to make sure my daughter was comfortable. Would definetely recommend.

- Gina L

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Dr Twersky and office staff was all very helpful and and empathetic to my daughter before and after she had her wisdom teeth extracted. I would definitely recommend Dr Twersky to a friend

- Anonymous

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Thank you for seeing me immediately after I called to complain about a drastic increase in pain level. It turned out that I had a dry socket, but I didn't have to wait at all for an appointment. I was seen within the hour of my call.

- Elise D

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Very nice staff attentive

- David H

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Surgeon was very friendly, understanding, and thorough.

- Maria A

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I was really nervous about getting my wisdom teeth pulled Dr. Horne made me feel at ease. He was great and his assistant was also. Very friendly people a great experience overall

- Raymond Z

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Dr. Horne was very courteous and knowledgable. Helpful to my son's recovery. Staff was friendly and efficient.

- Anonymous

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Great experience considering my child was very nervous

- Naomh O

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Dr. Twesky's office is very comfortable and the staff is very kind. Everyone made my daughter and myself feel at ease.

- e k

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Dr Twersky was professional, nice, treated my son as an adult, thorough. Has had no issues post-procedure.

- Corinne K

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Extremely helpful and professional staff. My wisdom teeth surgery went great and recovery has been a breeze thanks to all the amazing staff and doctors.

- Kassandra B

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Was very pleased with the whole process.

- Marci M

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When I sat on the chair, I was so nervous but the doctor insure me that everything was going to be ok. He carefully took his time taking my two wisdow tooth out that I didnt felt it. Thank you so much!

- D O

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