Wisdom Teeth

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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.

Wisdom Teeth Presentation

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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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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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Sound Surgical Arts have a wonderful staff, wonderful physicians, great office. Clean, contemporary, professional. They take great care of their patients.

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Sound Surgical Arts have a wonderful staff, wonderful physicians, great office. Clean, contemporary, professional. They take great care of their patients.

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Great care! Would return again if further treatment needed!

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