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Wisdom Teeth Extraction
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.
Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
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 wisdom teeth. This indicates their inability to erupt into the proper position for chewing and cleaning.
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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Patient Reviews for Wisdom Teeth Removal and Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Sound Surgical Arts
Never had such a painless mouth surgical procedure before in my life. I am 80+ and I started having dental surgical procedures at the age of 17 with wisdom teeth extraction.
- Yash P
Professional care in all respects
- Janeice L
Dr. Manuel La Rosa and is staff were absolutely amazing. I highly recommend.
- Kelsie A
Dr. Manuel La Rosa was very kind and put me right to ease from the time of my inital consult. The morning of the proceedure he was friendly and the staff was great as well. I would definitely recommend them to anyone needing these services.
- Amy B
Overall, I felt very comfortable and welcome. Dr. Manuel La Rosa explained in detail what I needed and how the procedures were going to happen. Everybody was very accommodating and accepting. I would recommend anyone and everyone to come have any procedure done here!
- Rylee S
I recently had all four wisdom teeth extracted and was very nervous about the procedure, but I was very ready to finally be rid of my wisdom teeth as they were all beginning to come in and cause me issues. The day of the procedure, the atmosphere of the office was very calming, and the staff and doctor were very informative and kind. I was in and out within an hour and was given very detailed instructions about recovery and what to do if I had any issues. It’s been a week since my surgery and it has been the easiest recovery I could have hoped for. I have experienced very little discomfort/pain and am so glad to finally have those pesky wisdom teeth out of my mouth. I would absolutely return if I needed any procedures done in the future.
- Alexandria F
I am so pleased with my overall experience there at Sound Surgical Arts and would recommend coming here for any and all of your dental needs. I am extremely fearful of all things dentist-related and was pleasantly surprised that Dr. La Rosa and his team of staff took the time out that I needed to answer all of my questions and concerns adequately, addressing all of my deepest fears. They made what was considered by me to be a very scary and daunting procedure, an easy and overall pleasant experience. My only comment afterward was that I wished that I had agreed to have the procedure done earlier. I should also add that my recovery thus far has been nearly painless. Not even a week out from having the procedure, I received a phone call to check on me and a sweet hand-signed card from the staff wishing me well, which was a nice personal touch!! With my fears eased and this experience behind me, I can look ahead to the future and the possibilities of getting more necessary work done with much less hesitation. I feel that Dr. La Rosa has given me a new reason to smile by opening the possibilities of what IV deep sedation can do for people with deeply rooted fears of the dentist, and I highly recommend this practice for anyone needing or seeking similar oral surgery.
- Melanie B
I was so nervous and afraid to get my wisdom teeth extracted but everyone in the clinic made me feel so comfortable and immediately felt reassured about the procedure. I received a lot of emotional support from the ladies in the office and also Dr. La Rosa. I’m a small person and bruised a lot from the procedure but I when I called the office concerning my pain, they got me in the day of to check on me and the possible reasons. Turned out to be nothing big and I was further educated on how to care for my surgical sites. Post-Op care was also great! Im so thankful for Dr. La Rosa and his team! Thank you!
- Esther H