Impacted Wisdom Teeth

What is an impacted tooth?

Although most people develop and grow 32 permanent adult teeth, many times their jaws are too small to accommodate the four wisdom teeth. When inadequate space prevents the teeth from erupting they are called impacted wisdom teeth. This indicates their inability to erupt into the proper position for chewing and cleaning.

A diagram half mouth X-ray with teeth impaction and half digital graphic highlighting impacted teeth

Types Of Impactions

We will need to see you for a consultation to determine if you will benefit from wisdom tooth removal. A special x-ray of your mouth and jaws (panorex) will be taken to determine if your wisdom teeth are impacted, if there is room for them to erupt, and how difficult it will be to have them removed.

  • Soft Tissue Impaction: There is not enough room to allow the gum tissue to retract for adequate cleaning of the tooth.
  • Partial Bony Impaction: There is enough space to allow the wisdom tooth to partially erupt. However, the tooth cannot function properly in the chewing process, and creates cleaning problems, among others.
  • Complete Bony Impaction: There is NO space for the tooth to erupt. It remains embedded in the jaw bone or if even partially visible requires complex surgical techniques for removal.The impacted wisdom tooth may also be in an unusual position and difficult to remove. This situation can also arise when the shape or size of the jaw bone and other facial structures make removal of this tooth significantly more complex.
A representation of a wisdom tooth impacted by soft tissueSoft Tissue
An example of a wisdom tooth with a partial bony impactionPartial Bony
An illustration of a wisdom tooth completely impacted by boneComplete Bony

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I had all four of my wisdom teeth extracted and I was extremely nervous. The doctor and staff were so great and really helped me calm my nerves. Everything went smoothly, and I am so pleased with the care I was given. Thank you!

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It was a great experience! Very caring of my anxiety of seeing a dentist. The tooth extraction was the quickest I have ever experienced. Thank you!

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Very good care with every team in this office. I feel so lucky to have had the pleasure to have them help me be healthy.

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Made me feel real comfortable with the procedure.

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Overall experience was great

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You were all amazing throughout this whole procedure. Thank you so much!!

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All of the staff was extremely helpful and caring.

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Best service I have ever received for a surgery.

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Couldn't have ask for a better doctor or nurses. Everyone was very kind, patient and knowledgeable. I am happy I got my wisdom teeth taken out here.

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