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 Kim A

a coworker recommended dr.fort for my wisdom teeth extraction surgery and I've been very happy with the care and support I've received. the staff is very nice and attentive.

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Patient Review By Diana S

Very pleasant atmosphere (free coffee) and helpful staff. Dr. Kenyon Fort was great and made sure the surgery went smoothly. Even during non business hours you can always call if there are any concerns. For instance, I called Sunday night when the office was closed because I experienced some unexpected pain. I got prescribed antibiotics by phone and immediately picked them up from my local drug store. After another appointment that I was able to schedule that monday and a few days, everything was great and back to normal. Overall my experience here was amazing and I am very grateful. Thank you to all the staff! I will miss this place, maybe one day I can come back to say hi and get another free coffee. Haha just kidding! But honestly, great place, 10/10 recommend!!

- Diana S

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Patient Review By danielle f

Kenyon's office is an extremely nice establishment, the entire crew here is incredibly nice and polite! If wisdom teeth grew back, I'd be back here, no question! Very happy with my time here!

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Patient Review By kourtney c

great experience

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Patient Review By Mellisa c

Exceptional customer service

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Patient Review By andrazia z

Really exceeded my expectations. The staff was all very nice.

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Patient Review By Jessica P

The staff is very nice and Dr. Fort did a great job.

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Patient Review By adam b

very good

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Patient Review By taryn b

front office staff print and friendly. Excellent care by doctor fort and his. surgical team was very professional and caring during a time of stress.

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Patient Review By Paul T

Very professional, courteous and as painless as possible.

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Patient Review By teresa n

Staff is very friendly and nice. All my questions were answered. I would recommend family and friends to come here.

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Patient Review By L i Z Y

Dr. Fort and his staff were courteous, helpful, and very understanding. I would highly recommend them to my family and friends.

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