Wisdom Teeth in Pittsburgh PA

Wisdom Teeth in Pittsburgh PA

Wisdom teeth can cause serious pain and discomfort for those who have not yet have them removed. Wisdom teeth removal, a common dental procedure in Pittsburgh and elsewhere, is often recommended to prevent issues like crowding, impaction, or infection. It’s a wise choice for maintaining oral health and preventing potential dental complications. If you have questions about wisdom teeth in general, looking to understand how to prepare for an upcoming procedure, or are looking for a reputable oral surgeon to have wisdom teeth extraction in Pittsburgh, you have come to the right place. Here at Kail and Moore Oral Surgery, we are dedicated to informing and providing services for all residents living in the Pittsburgh area.


Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that emerge after all your other teeth have come in. They are referred to as “wisdom” because they typically develop between the ages of 17-21 years old when you are considered older and wiser. These teeth sit farther back than any other and can be in all four corners of your mouth.

Sometimes, when these teeth come in, they can become impacted meaning they cannot break through the gums. This occurs in 9/10 people and can cause serious infection, illness, and pain.


Of the 32 teeth found in an average adults mouth, some are used for grasping, biting, or shredding (canines, incisors, bicuspids), but some are used for grinding food so that it can be easily swallowed; these teeth used for grinding are your molars. We have wisdom teeth so that we can effiecently grind tough food suitable to be swallowed. As our jaws have gotten smaller over time, these teeth pose more risk and problems as they can cause infection and pain as they dont have the space to properly come in. Today, since our food is easier to handle, our wisdom teeth often cause more harm than good. Most people have four, but how many wisdom teeth you have may vary.

Pittsburgh Wisdom teeth removal


Our team at Kail & Moore Oral Surgery is dedicated to providing your quality services to remove your wisdom tooth or wisdom teeth in Pittsburgh, PA. Call our office that is most  convenient for you and let’s start the journey to get you back to feeling like you, again.

Mount Lebanon Wisdom Teeth Removal

Robinson Wisdom Teeth Removal

Types of Wisdom teeth Pittsburgh

If you have not had your wisdom teeth removed, and you are over the age of seventeen, you can experience on or multiple of the following symptoms that may indicate you need to have your wisdom teeth or a single wisdom tooth extraction procedure. You may even have an infection caused by these teeth. If you have any of the symptoms below, considering giving our team a call if you need a wisdom teeth extraction in Pittsburgh, PA.



Wisdom teeth can cause bad breath! When erupting, wisdom teeth create tears in your gums that can cause food to get trapped and cause your breath to not smell so pleasant

  • Sensitivity or pain of gums
    • Wisdom tooth pain can be difficult to bear and can cause the gums surrounding the tooth to be sensitve when chewing. 
  • Enlarged lymph nodes or swelling of face
    • Lymph nodes that are swollen or sore underneath your jaw, or a swollen face, can be a sign that your wisdom teeth are impacted or infected.
  • Bad breath
    • Hemoptysis, or bad breath, can be caused by food getting stuck between your third molars or can even be the result of an infection.
  • Irritation from stuck food
    • Food can often get stuck between these teeth and your gums and can cause pain or irritation that can only be resolved by extraction.
  • Inflamed or red gums
  • Fever

If you are experiencing pain, you should meet with your dentist or oral surgeon to consider wisdom teeth removal to avoid further complications.

Typically, the younger you are when getting wisdom teeth surgery, the less pain you will experience.


Pain free DOES NOT equal disease or problem free! Speak with your dentist if you ahve not had your wisdom teeth removed.


You may be considering why you need yo remove your wisdom teeth at all. It is true that not all people need their wisdom teeth taken out. However, dental and medical professionals are aligned that the risks of keeping them more than often outweigh the slight inconvience to getting them removed. The best first step is to talk to your dentist or oral surgeon to determine what your best course of action is.

The younger you are when you have your wisdom teeth removed, typically, the less pain you will experience.

Pain free DOES NOT equal disease or problem free. Connect with your dentist or maxillofacial surgeon to see if you need to have a wisdom tooth extracted.

In general, dental and medical professionals agree that wisdom teeth should always be removed in the following instances:

  • infections and/or periodontal disease;
  • cavities that cannot be restored;
  • pathologies such as cysts, and tumors, and
  • damage to neighboring teeth.

Wisdom teeth that are completely erupted and functional, painless, cavity-free, in a hygienic environment with healthy gum tissue, and are disease-free teeth they may not require extraction. They do, however, require regular, professional cleaning, annual check-ups and periodic radiographs to monitor for any changes.

Pittsburgh Wisdom tooth extraction


If your dentist or healthcare professional recommends that your wisdom teeth be removed, you will most likely be referred to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for the procedure. Before surgery, your oral surgeon will discuss the procedure with you and tell you what to expect. This is a good time to ask questions. Also talk to your surgeon about any concerns you have. Be sure to let your doctor know about any illness you have and medications you are taking.

There are several conditions that affect how easy it will be to remove a wisdom tooth. These conditions include how the tooth is positioned and the stage of root development. If the wisdom teeth are impacted the surgery might be more complicated.

Most of the time third molars can be removed with little or no pain. Usually they can be extracted at the oral and maxillofacial surgery office. Patients are given either local anesthesia, intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your surgeon will recommend the anesthetic option that is right for you.

How do you prepare for wisdom teeth removal? Our pre-operation checklist will help to reduce pain and discomfort from the surgery.

Did you have your wisdom teeth removed in Pittsburgh? Our post-operation checklist will help mitigate any potential problems and reduce discomfort.

Are you in pain from a wisdom tooth extraction? Our team has prepared a list of commonly asked questions to help quicken wisdom tooth recovery.


Our team is dedicated to providing quality oral surgery procedures for those living in the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. If you want to scheduel a procedure, understand the cost, or have any other questions, please contact our teams located in Mount Lebanon or Robinson and a representative will take care of all your needs.

Donna Snyder
Donna Snyder
Caring, compassionate professionals. I had two molars extracted and had absolutely no swelling and very little discomfort after the surgery. Once I am healed, I am going back for two implants. Don't hesitate to go to this office. I recommend them highly!
Charlene Lariosa
Charlene Lariosa
It’s been a year since Dr. Kail took my wisdom teeth out and I have nothing to complain about. The before and after process went super smooth. The surgery went excellent, and the he prescribed me really great pain killers so I was not in pain after surgery. The price was really great and I would definitely recommend to visit Dr. Kail for wisdom teeth extraction.
Teresa Monier
Teresa Monier
Best oral surgeon in the universe- excellent surgeon and bedside manner is outstanding- excellent and caring staff !!!!
Great place, nice staff! My anxiety was through the roof because of my tooth extraction. He eased my mind about it and it took all of 10 minutes if that. They numbed me, I sat for 10 minutes then he extracted it. In and out. I definitely recommend Dr. Michael Kail!


Time of recovery from a wisdom tooth removal can vary depending on patient health, age, and adherence to pre and post-operation procedures. Follow our checklists to help mitigate risk to discomfort from wisdom teeth extraction.

The first few days you may experience pain, swelling, and mild discomfort, which is part of the normal healing process. Your diet may need to be modified for a few days up to a few weeks in order to aid in the recovery process. Application of a cold compres can help alleviate swelling and pain.

We will partner with you along your post-op journey to give you detailed instructions of when to return to work or school based on your pain level and medication provided. Many people experience the height of symptoms on the third and fourth day post operation.

Why Choose Kail & Moore For H1 in Pittsburgh

Our team is dedicated to providing you with quality service and comforting care from the first phone call till your last check-up. Both Dr. Kail and Moore serve as adjunct clinical professors at the University of Pittsburgh and are on staff at UPMC hospitals; they are dedicated to staying on-top-of advancing education in the fields of oral and maxillofacial surgery. With over +20 years of combined practicing experience, Kail and Moore aim to provide the city of Pittsburgh top wisdom teeth extraction solutions, service, and care.

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All patients are different, but swollen lymph nodes and jaw pain is not an uncommon symptom. If you experience a swollen face, lymph nodes, or sensitive/inflamed gums, speak with your dentist or oral surgeon as soon as you can. 

Not all people have wisdom teeth nor do all third molars come in the same way for everyone. Each person is different and the best course of action is to talk to your doctor and consider if you need a consultation from a maxilliofacial surgeon.