Expert Wisdom Teeth Removal Services in Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Cyndi Nguyen  Specializes in Extractions, Including Wisdom Teeth Removal, and Offers “Sleep Dentistry“

Wisdom teeth are often a cause for concern amongst dentists and patients alike. While some people may have enough room for their wisdom teeth to grow without issue, many others experience problems such as pain, infection, and damage to surrounding teeth. In these cases, wisdom teeth removal may be necessary to protect oral health and prevent further complications.

If you need wisdom teeth removal services, the best wisdom teeth surgeon in Philadelphia, Dr. Cyndi Nguyen of Philadelphia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, can expertly extract these problem teeth. Schedule your appointment with our top oral surgeon, Dr. Nguyen, or keep reading to learn more about the wisdom teeth removal process.

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Oral Surgeons Specialize in Extractions, Including Wisdom Teeth Removal, and Offer “Sleep Dentistry“
At Philly OMS, you'll find one of Philadelphia's top-rated oral surgeons who perform these types of surgeries every day. Their extensive training and experience ensure a speedy and comfortable recovery from your dental extractions. Appointments are available this week. Click or call to schedule your appointment today.
We accept most major PPOs. We do NOT participate in Medicaid, Medicare, or any other government insurance.
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Philly oral & facial surgery Features 5-Star Oral Surgeon Dr. Cyndi Nguyen

Why Choose an Oral Surgeon for Your Extractions?

A Surgical Procedure
A tooth extraction, especially wisdom teeth removal, is a surgical procedure requiring special education, training, and experience to ensure the best results.
Extraction Specialists
Oral surgeons, like  Dr. Cyndi Nguyen, are tooth extraction specialists who perform multiple surgeries every day and have the experience to handle even the most complex cases.
Advanced Education
Oral surgeons are unique among dentists in that they have completed an additional 4 years of hospital-based training alongside medical residents.
Anesthesia (Sedation)
Oral Surgeons offer a variety of anesthesia options right in their offices, including general anesthesia, IV sedation, and local anesthetic for minor procedures.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the final set of molars that typically emerge at the back of the mouth during a person's late teens or early twenties. These teeth were useful for our ancestors' diet of coarse foods, but due to changes in dietary habits and jaw size, they often lack sufficient space to grow properly in modern mouths, causing numerous oral health concerns. That’s why most dentists recommend having wisdom teeth removed as soon as they begin growing.
Wisdom teeth pushing against the other teeth

Common Problems Caused By Wisdom Teeth 

  • Impaction: According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, nine out of ten people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. Wisdom teeth that are impacted or partially erupted may grow completely sideways and cause pain and infection. Additionally cleaning impacted and even fully erupted wisdom teeth can be notoriously difficult. Food and bacteria can get stuck between the wisdom tooth and the tooth next to it, leading to tooth decay and gum infections called pericoronitis.
  • Overcrowding: Wisdom teeth that lack sufficient space to grow properly can cause overcrowding and lead to damage to other teeth.
  • Gum disease: Impacted wisdom teeth or overcrowding can contribute to gum disease, which can cause gum pain and inflammation.
  • Pain: Pain is a common symptom of impacted wisdom teeth. When teeth grow waywardly, they tend to touch places they otherwise wouldn’t touch, including neighboring teeth and their roots. The gums around the tooth may also start to hurt, and the pain could even be felt as far as the jaw
  • Infections: Wisdom teeth that aren’t kept clean may develop several infections, including pericoronitis, which is an inflammation of the gums around a partially erupted tooth. Infection can cause many other problems, and wisdom teeth likely to cause it should be removed.
  • Damage to Surrounding teeth: Impacted wisdom teeth can push against nearby teeth, causing them to move out of alignment or even become damaged.
  • Ulcers: Crowded wisdom teeth often lean sideways and rub against the cheek, which may cause ulcers on the cheek and chewing problems.
  • Cysts: Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to the development of cysts, which can cause damage to the jawbone and surrounding teeth.
For reasons such as these, Dr. Nguyen highly recommends wisdom teeth removal services. Even if your wisdom teeth aren’t currently causing problems, they can easily lead to issues down the line.
Philadelphia’s Premier Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Why Choose Dr. Nguyen for Wisdom Teeth Extraction Services?

At Philly OMS, you'll work exclusively with Dr. Cyndi Nguyen, a top-rated oral surgeon, who will perform your procedure.

Advanced Training and Expertise
As a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Nguyen has completed an additional four years of hospital-based training alongside medical residents and can administer all types of anesthesia.
Extensive Experience
Dr. Nguyen has extracted thousands of wisdom teeth and delivered exquisite results for over 30 years combined.

State-of-the-Art Surgical Center:
Our office features some of the most advanced technology available, including a 3D cone beam scanner and a 3D intraoral digital scanner to ensure the actual surgery is delivered with impeccable precision, predictability, and speed every time.

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We are uniquely trained and qualified to offer patients a variety of anesthesia options in all of our offices, including intravenous sedation (an excellent option for the anxious patient to “go to sleep” for the procedure) and oral sedation.

Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal

There are several benefits to having your wisdom teeth removed, including:

  • Preventing Further Complications: Removing wisdom teeth can prevent complications from occurring and protect oral health.
  • Relieving Pain: Wisdom teeth that are causing pain or discomfort can be removed to provide immediate relief.
  • Improving Alignment of Teeth: Removing wisdom teeth can help improve the alignment of surrounding teeth, which can improve the function and appearance of the mouth.
  • Promoting Healing: Wisdom teeth removal can promote healing and prevent further infection or damage to the mouth. 

The Wisdom Teeth Removal Process

At Philadelphia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we strive to provide our patients with a comfortable and stress-free experience. Here’s an overview of what you can expect during the wisdom teeth removal process with Dr. Nguyen:


Before the procedure, you will meet with Dr. Nguyen for a consultation to discuss your oral health and determine if wisdom teeth removal is necessary. During this appointment, you can ask any questions you may have about the procedure and discuss any concerns you may have.


Depending on your individual needs and preferences, Dr. Nguyen may recommend a combination of local anesthesia, sedation dentistry, and general anesthesia to keep you comfortable during the procedure.


During the procedure, Dr. Nguyen will make an incision in the gum tissue to access the wisdom tooth. If necessary, she may remove a small piece of bone to fully extract the tooth. In certain cases, the tooth may need to be sectioned into pieces to make it easier to remove. Once the tooth is removed, the incision will be closed with stitches.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Aftercare

Diet Recommendations

  • Start with clear liquids like apple or cranberry juice, or ginger ale.
  • Progress to a soft diet as tolerated, including options like Jell-O® or mashed potatoes.
  • Avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that could irritate the surgical site.


  • Take prescribed medications, including pain relievers, antibiotics, and anti-nausea medication, following the provided instructions.
  • Use the recommended antibacterial rinse as directed.


  • Some bleeding, oozing, or redness in saliva is normal.
  • Apply firm, continuous pressure with the provided gauze pack to manage bleeding.
  • Replace the gauze pack as needed, ensuring it's positioned behind the last molar and over the extraction site.


  • Reduce swelling by applying an ice pack to the surgical area for the initial 24 hours.
  • If provided, take prescribed anti-inflammatory medication to further alleviate swelling.

Oral Hygiene

  • Gently brush your teeth, avoiding the surgical area, beginning the day after surgery.
  • Follow instructions for rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater or an antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Refrain from forceful spitting or rinsing for the first 24 hours to protect healing blood clots.

Activity and Rest

  • Rest and limit physical activity for the initial 24 to 48 hours post-surgery.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise or activities that might raise blood pressure and lead to bleeding.

Follow-Up Care

  • Attend scheduled follow-up appointments with your oral surgeon.
  • Contact your oral surgeon if you experience excessive bleeding, severe pain, or other concerns.

Hydration and Nutrition

  • Consume at least five to six glasses of water daily.
  • Maintain regular meals and a balanced diet to support healing and overall strength.

Frequently Asked Questions

While there's a small possibility of wisdom teeth growing correctly, more than 90 percent of individuals experience impacted wisdom teeth due to limited space. Impacted wisdom teeth often trigger gum irritation, infection, teeth crowding, and decay, resulting in pain. Even if they manage to erupt properly, their challenging cleaning process makes removal advisable for better oral health and the prevention of future complications.
The optimal timing for removal is when the roots are ½ to ⅔ of the way developed, which your oral surgeon will determine through X-ray assessment. This means it's usually wise to have your wisdom teeth removed in your teenage years, since wisdom teeth are more likely to be fully developed in your early twenties. While wisdom teeth can lead to issues beyond the teenage years, the likelihood of complications or dental emergencies post-extraction increases with age. To ensure a well-informed decision, it's advisable to undergo a comprehensive consultation that encompasses details about the procedure, associated costs, and the necessity of a Panoramic X-ray or 3D CT Scan.
Local anesthesia is typically used to numb the area, minimizing pain during the extraction. Additionally, sedation dentistry options may be available to further numb you and keep you relaxed during your procedure. Some individuals might experience mild to moderate discomfort, swelling, and soreness in the days following the procedure. Pain can be managed effectively with prescribed pain medications and proper post-operative care, making the overall experience manageable for most patients.
Soreness and swelling from wisdom teeth removal may last several days. The sockets normally will close and fully heal in three to four weeks. In some cases, there may still be swelling and discomfort for a week or more. Your oral surgeon will likely recommend using ice packs while enjoying soft foods, taking all medications as prescribed, and keeping your mouth clean by rinsing with simple salt water.

What happens at your first appointment?

You will meet with our oral surgeon for a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation. Here's what happens during your appointment:

Cone Beam 3D Imaging

A treatment coordinator will take a scan of your mouth and jaw area with a 3D cone beam scanner.

Diagnostic Workup

The doctor will review your scans, dental and medical histories, among other things, and assess your needs.

Treatment Plan

You'll meet with the doctor to review a recommended treatment plan customized just for you.

Financial Options

A financial coordinator will explain how much the procedure will cost and if appropriate, discuss financing options.

Call Philly OMS For Expert Wisdom Teeth Removal Services

Are your wisdom teeth causing discomfort or potential oral health issues? Dr. Cyndi Nguyen, Philadelphia's foremost wisdom teeth surgeon at Philadelphia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, is here to provide expert extraction services. Take the first step towards a healthier smile and schedule a consultation with Philadelphia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery by dialing 215-273-3223. You can also fill out and submit the contact form below and one of our friendly team members will get back to you shortly. 

Trust in the skill and experience of Dr. Nguyen for a seamless wisdom teeth removal procedure. We serve new and returning patients from Philadelphia and surrounding areas such as Springfield, Kensington, and Levittown, PA.

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