Impacted Wisdom Teeth

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Third molars are commonly referred to as wisdom teeth. They are usually the last teeth to develop and are located in the back of your mouth, behind your second molars. Their development is usually completed between the middle teenage years and early twenties, a time traditionally associated with the onset of maturity and the attainment of wisdom.

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

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. This indicates their inability to erupt into the proper position for chewing and cleaning.

x-ray and digram of impacted wisdom 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.
diagram of Soft Tissue ImpactionSoft Tissue
diagram of Partial Bony ImpactionPartial Bony
diagram of Complete Bony ImpactionComplete Bony

Patient Reviews of Wisdom Teeth Procedures

Oral Surgery Associates

5 out of 5 stars based on 187 Wisdom Teeth reviews.

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Very great and professional job!

- Andrea Z

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Thank you to the kind Staff all around. They took care of me so well and then doctors P brought it home. I was honestly prepared form the website before coming in. Then they left me with an “Straight Outta Wisdom Teeth” tee shirt for the road. Just next time pack more gauze for the patient. What an Amazing experience, keep it up!

- Daniel S

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I was in grave pain and was able to get in the same day. I appreciate the understanding of the doctor and staff, as I wasn't going to make it through another sleepless night. Thanks again!!!

- Jeff D

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I was so scared to get my wisdom teeth pulled. I saw Dr Engel and he is such a kind and soft-spoken man. He has the gentle touch of a butterfly. When we had our first visit, he could tell I was scared. So he put on some Lionel Richie music and sang to me until I felt better. He said he does that to all his patients. I hope I have more teeth that need pulling because he is a gentle giant.

- Emma M

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My son's procedure was so fast and painless. He was very nervous and your staff made him feel better. Thank you for a job well done!

- Zach L

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She was so nice on the phone and made my appointment with ease

- Marissa N

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The entire process was great, from the consultation to the surgery.

- Carlene C

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This was a good experience for our daughter. You took good care of her.

- Mary S

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I was happy with how efficient this office was. However, I felt the staff could’ve been more friendly at times.

- Anonymous

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It was a great experience!!!

- Eizabeth A

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Everyone was very nice and informative. The procedure went smoothly and I've had no issues thus far.

- Alexis T

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Lovely staff.

- Dawn N

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Very nice people...concerned about every aspect of appointment and all handled professionally....will return if ever need dental work again

- Connor H

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Start to finish, the procedure went great. The follow up phone call was very nice too. It’s good to know that they are available 24-7 if we run into problems.

- Vickie D

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The whole experience was great. This was my third child that had their wisdom teeth taken out by Dr. Coffey. We came back each time because we were treated so well by all of the staff.

- Katelyn M

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very satisfying for parents to know that (seemingly) any medical/dental insurance is all handled well by staff

- nick c

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We really appreciated the friendliness and can-do spirit of the staff there. Laura, in billing, especially connected well with us this time around. As always, we had a great experience there!

- Emily G

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Everything is good.

- Nick H

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The staff always made sure I was comfortable and my doctor was outstanding! Surgery only took 30 minutes!

- Hannah S

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Everyone was wonderful. Very knowlegable. Made be feel comfortable every step of the way.

- Deborah C

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