Wisdom Teeth Removal St. Petersburg, FL

Kenyon M. Fort, D.D.S. – St. Petersburg FL

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.


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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.

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.

Wisdom Teeth Presentation

Oral Examination

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


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 and a prescription for pain medication.Also, a follow-up appointment may be scheduled in one week. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at Kenyon M. Fort, D.D.S. Phone Number (727) 525-5455.

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

Kenyon M. Fort, D.D.S.

5 out of 5 stars based on 33 Wisdom Teeth reviews.

Patient Review By Tracy H

Best experience I've ever had with extractions of my teeth

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Patient Review By Kartara F

My son and I were truly pleased with the personal service and interaction we received from Dr. Fort and his staff. It's been a long time since we received service on this level. We truly thank the doctor and his staff for the kindness they showed us.

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Patient Review By polly b

they are all great

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Patient Review By Tami W

Great service and nice staff. No complaints.

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Patient Review By Gwyneth F

I had my wisdom teeth removed and it was great Dr Front answered all of my questions and even called me the day after which was a Saturday to make sure I was doing ok. Great experience!

- Gwyneth F

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Patient Review By Millie B

Dr. Fort and his staff are truly amazing!! From the intitial phone call through follow-up, I have been treated with courtesy and respect. The entire team was knowledgeable in their field and I would definitely recommend the office to others!

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Patient Review By bama tearney

Great experience

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Patient Review By amy r

. Everyonewasgreatand make me feel veryat ease andcomfortable

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Patient Review By James F

Dr. Fort and his staff were very friendly and professional. They answered all my questions with great detail and really made sure everything was good before my surgery. If you need any oral surgery done highly recommend Dr. Fort

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Patient Review By Bryant W

Thank you so much for my surgery! I certainly will be coming back.

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Patient Review By Robert C

I needed two wisdom teeth plus two teeth that were pushed out of alignment (due to the growth of the wisdom teeth) removed in one sitting. Far from being in any pain the doctor and his team were so gentle and so talented that I actually fell asleep during the procedure. This speaks volumes about the skill of the doctor and his surgical team!

- Robert C

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Patient Review By Josh M

I barely remember the procedure itself but the office staff were very nice and appointments were handled quickly and efficiently. Dr. Fort must be a really skilled guy because, following the procedure, the healing process was straightforward and went without complications.

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Patient Review By Tobey C

I felt extremely comfortable with everything explained to me. Went in with pain walked out with none. Staff was very funny and very understanding with my coward ness...

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Patient Review By Maureen C

Dr fort was very professional explain the procedure before it was done explain what to expect and what not to expect and before the surgery procedure he and his staff explain what to expect before and after the procedure was completed his staff Tasha was very accurate and explaining everything and she answered all my questions make me feel very comfortable I would recommend anyone to that office all the staff so very polite .

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Patient Review By Katie l

Love me some Dr.Fort

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Patient Review By Frank J

Great overall experience! The doctor and staff were patient and addressed all my concerns. My surgery went well and I had a quick recovery.

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Patient Review By debbiel l

very friendly and I will recommend.

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Patient Review By drummond n

everyone was extremely friendly and helpful The doctor followed up with a phone call

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