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.

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The front desk, Dr. Twersky, the techs were all very friendly - Dr. Twersky made me feel comfortable, explained everything in detail and took the time with me both for the consultation and the actual day of surgery. I would definitely recommend Oral Surgery Associates to my friends.

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Everyone from Dr.A through the front office personnel were so kind! I had a wonderful Experience. Brenda, Dr.A's assistant was incredible in comforting me before, during and after the procedure. She was very thorough in my post-care, and reassuring throughout the entire process. I adored her! The ladies at the front desk were warm and inviting. Dr.A showed concern and yet wasn't overwhelming with his information. He ensured I was pain free and told me what to expect/ what he was doing throughout the entire procedure: "you're going to hear This, feel that".... I've already referred Dr.A and his office to two other co-workers!

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Great experience with Dr. Horne. So easy and the staff was very attentive.

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The procedure was actually quick and the pain is surprisingly well-managed. I have an awful dread of needles, and I truly appreciate the way that was handled to minimize my distress/anxiety. The aftercare instructions and check-up (and the healing so far) were very well done. Thank you.

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Connor's surgery and recovery went extremely well. We are very happy we chose Dr. Alkhatib!

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The proceedure was fast. Much easier than I thought! Monique and Dr. Twersky were great!

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- Janice F

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Had both upper wisdom teeth pulled yesterday and today I'm continuing following the instructions given. No pain at all or swelling whatever.

- Kevin A

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So friendly and accommodating. Felt extremely comfortable and at ease in their care!

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Follow up call appreciated. Dr was great. I’m doing well, and would recommend you for sure! Thank you.

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Great atmosphere, Dr and tech were both great. Very friendly, explained everything.

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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.

- Marissa H

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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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