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.

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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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.

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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It was a pleasant experience.

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Fear and anxiety from just the thought of dental work had kept me from proactively scheduling dental visits for as long as I can remember. My recent experience (wisdom teeth extractions - all 4!) at your office changed my perspective on dentistry to a positive outlook, mainly due to the staff's warm and welcoming demeanor from my initial contact to the end of my procedure. Dr. Manuel La Rosa's bedside manner was superb! I especially wanted to thank Tatiana for 'holding my hand' and calming my fears before and after the procedure. When the procedure ended, Tatiana even walked with my wife and I to our car while providing some post care advice. I have never experienced this level of exceptional customer service. Thank you, and I look forward to my next visit!! -Tommy Fernandez

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This apt was for my special needs grand daughter to have all wisdom teeth extracted. everyone in this office handled her extremely nice. she is 21 but functions around 5 years old. they had her laughing and comfortable right away at the first apt. The day of surgery she was pretty nervous but they put her needs right up front and had her doing just fine. Dr. Manuel is the the best, very compassionate and we couldn't ask for a better experience. We would highly recommend him and his staff for any special dental needs. Thanks to everyone who made this so much less stressful for all of us.

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Very painless process should of done it sooner. Thanks for the great care given by all staff members.

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I was fearful of complications and recovery time, but things could not have gone better. I am thinking about an implant, and would definitely come back if I have that done

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I would HIGHLY recommend this dental practice for anyone, especially those who have any anxiety relating to going or having procedures done at the dentist. I had not been to a dentist for almost 20 years and was avoiding having my wisdom teeth out . I am over 50 and it was an incredibly comfortable experience. Love them!!,

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