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

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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.

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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Patient Review

I was taken by surprise when I called on a Friday afternoon and got a Monday morning appointment !! I was also amazed at the ease of which the shots were given , I am TERRIFIED of needles and I swear it was like giving blood , barely any pain at . The doctor and nurse kept me calm , then did a FANTASTIC job of removing a very tough sideways wisdom tooth . It really was no where near as bad as I though . I was expecting a NICE pain festival , but it was nothing like that at all 🙂 They even called to check up on me later that afternoon !! TOP NOTCH group here and I am GLAD Dr. Valenzi recommended me to your practice . Very professional and compassionate staff and as I said , the procedure was done with hardly any discomfort . How many people can say that about having an impacted wisdom tooth removed ?? THIS guy can , thanks everyone . You can all have the day off with pay 🙂 Seriously , thank you ALL for your professionalism and making me feel at ease in a place where that was the LAST thing I expected to feel . Another thing , I went to the beach in New Smyrna right after since I had taken the day off , BONUS 🙂 🙂 🙂

- Keith C

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