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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

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Thank you for the attention we received on the day of the procedure. Everyone was very thorough in telling us what was going to happen and what we could expect after the surgery. Thanks.

- Tim A

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Thank you Dr. Coffey and staff for making this dreadful experience comfortable and easy. It was scary and I appreciate your gentleness and professionalism.

- christina M

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Entire staff was incredibly helpful. They all made me feel comfortable with the entire procedure. Thank-you so much.

- Daisy M

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Doing fine. Very happy with the staff at your location. Thank you.

- Justin B

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I was extremely scared and nervous. But the nurses were great and the doctor did an excellent job!

- Victoria B

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Very friendly and professional staff. Dr. Coffey is excellent! Would highly recommend.

- Kara R

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Staff was very courteous

- Quanitha S

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I was very impressed with the whole experience of my son’s wisdom teeth extractions. The staff were all very professional and friendly. The nurses are awesome and Dr. Engel did a great job. Would highly recommend.

- Buffi U

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Everything was great and you got him him very soon because of his pain so he didnt have to wsit.

- MELISA A

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Dr Coffey and staff are amazing!

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- Kim N

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Wonderful facility and personnel! Will recommend to anyone else needing dental prosecutes!

- Sophie A

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This review is based on the visit for my daughter's wisdom teeth extraction (Jamie). Your staff was fantastic and they made every aspect of the process smooth and easy, from the consultation through the extraction. We also appreciated the call from the nurse (Emily, I believe) to check on Jamie that afternoon. She was very helpful and seemed willing to stay on the phone with me until I had asked every question I had. She was genuine in her efforts to make sure that Jamie was recovering as expected. Your office will be HIGHLY recommended by us!!

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The place, the staffs and the doctor were extermely good and caring...

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I was so incredible nervous for this surgery and they all were patient and welcoming. Everyone was so nice and kept me calm. I would recommend them to anyone.

- Reba S

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Get experience and very easy on a nervous patient!

- Jennifer T

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Awesome service and friendly staff!

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Everyone was very professional and courteous; would recommend to others.

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