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.

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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 imaging can reveal 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.

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a wisdom tooth can be impacted by soft tissueSoft Tissue
a wisdom tooth can be faced with a partial bony impactionPartial Bony
a wisdom tooth can be completely impacted by boneComplete Bony

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5 out of 5 stars based on 13 Wisdom Teeth reviews.

Patient Review by Lori S

Could not have asked for a better experience! Great staff and Dr Kyle was fantastic. My son has Type 1 diabetes, so I was a little more nervous about the procedure. Dr Kyle meet with me several weeks before the surgery to help decide what the best plan was for my son's treatment. I felt very comfortable and confident in the care he would receive! Thank you!!

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Patient Review by Kelly O

Dr. Christensen removedmy boys wisdom teeth. It was very quick. My boys had very little pain or swellingand only took pain meds for one day. Dr. Christensen was super great at explaining the details to us before the procedure. The staff gave good instructions for after the procedure was performed, before we left the office. We where in and out in a very reasonable time.

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Patient Review by Dustin D

Great experience! I went in to get three wisdom teeth pulled, was put under anesthesia, woke up about a half hour later, and was on my way. Now here's the awesome part...I felt minimal pain the first night, then woke the next morning to NO PAIN. NONE!! I have never, ever had a dental procedure where I felt no pain the next day! I called them to share how utterly shocked I was, then called my dentist to thank them for the referral! Dr. Christensen is the best oral surgeon I've ever been to!!

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Patient Review by Christine C

Everything worked out great! Best place for having oral surgery!

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Great experience. Everything went very smoothly

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Patient Review by Laurie E

Good experience. Staff was friendly and made us feel comfortable.

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