Wisdom Teeth

By the age of 18 the average adult has 32 teeth: 16 teeth on top and 16 teeth on 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 (molars) are used to grind food into a consistency suitable for swallowing.

The average mouth can typically only hold 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that is meant to hold 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 is not what generally happens. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, only partially emerge from the gum, or can 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.  An impacted tooth simply means that it is “stuck”.

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, and pain.  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 impacted teeth usually resolves these problems.  Early removal is recommended to avoid complications.

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.

Oral Examination

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Ciuci, Dr. Perrone and Dr. Volpe can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or future potential 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. Ciuci, Dr. Perrone and Dr. Volpe are trained, licensed, and highly experienced in providing various types of anesthesia for patients.


In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia), or intravenous sedation.  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.  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 and a follow-up appointment in one week for a post operative evaluation.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at Milford Office Phone Number 203-874-1664 or 203-734-2523.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Overview

For a brief narrated overview of the wisdom tooth removal process, please click the image below. It will launch our flash educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about wisdom teeth.

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Our services are provided in an environment of optimum patient safety. We utilize modern monitoring equipment adhere to both state and national guidelines for the delivery of anesthesia and our staff are experienced in assisting in anesthesia.

Milford & Derby Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

5 out of 5 stars based on 1 Wisdom Teeth reviews.

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I have had three out of my four daughters wisdom teeth pulled by Dr. Ciucci, and they had no problems at all; Dr. Ciucci and his staff are excellent, they made the girls feel at ease and their recovery was minimal with following the instructions given after surgery. I see how great Lisa Molyneux is with all the patients and their parents and sets them at ease. We have one more daughter that may need her wisdom teeth pulled and I know she would be in good hands with Dr. Ciucci and his team. I myself have been a patient to Dr. Ciucci and he gets those teeth out in no time with great results. The office operates with the upmost professionalism and I would recommend if anyone has to have teeth pulled, this is the place to go; just remember take care of your teeth while you have them.

- Veronica (Ronnie) P

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