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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

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Very pleased with all aspects of my consultation visit. Would like to say look forward to getting the nuisance tooth extracted.

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Doctor in a surgery running a little late but they got us in and all was well from there.

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Dr. Coffey is very nice. No problems at all with wisdom teeth removal. No swelling or dry sockets. Would recommend!

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Both appointments, I was in and out in no time. My questions were answered, my needs met. Recovery has taken a bit longer than I was told and expected. To this day I never have received a follow up call to check and see how I was after the procedure. That's pretty disappointing!

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Everything went well. The doc and staff knew what they were doing. Professional, nice.

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I liked this place because it feels very clean and calm. The longest conversation I had with a staff member was only about ten minutes but I trusted the place very much.

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All went well and no problems.

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I am doing well, it was a quick recovery! I had a dry socket so I came in and a packaging was put in and after that no discomfort!

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As nervous as I was for my wisdom teeth to come out, they eased my fears, called my house later that day to check on me and the following day as well. Great experience!

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