Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt. They are the third set of molars that are located in the back of the mouth on top and on bottom. Wisdom teeth are often removed from a patient's mouth. Some reasons that are removed are because they are misaligned or are unable to erupt.

Wisdom teeth become impacted when the actual tooth has not completely emerged through the soft tissue of the gums or has emerged incorrectly. In other words, they do not grow properly. They do not grow properly because there is not enough room on the person's jaw for it to fit or the angle of the wisdom tooth is incorrect. Wisdom teeth can angle in horizontally, backwards, forwards, or vertically. If they do not erupt properly, impacted wisdom teeth can cause some very terrible pain. The jawbone, nerves, and/or adjacent teeth can be greatly damaged. Removal of impacted wisdom teeth is always necessary.

The wisdom tooth extraction procedure is simple. If the tooth has erupted, it can just be taken out. If the tooth or teeth have not erupted, an incision will have to be made. After the incision is made, the tooth and some jaw bone will be removed. In certain occasions, the tooth might be broken into smaller pieces so that the amount of bone extracted is the bare minimum.

We have all either heard the stories of wisdom teeth and/or experienced this painful process. Our staff knows how to ease the discomfort from the time you sit in the chair.


Definitions related to Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Erupt:  to emerge from the soft gum tissue

Extraction:  the removal of a tooth from one's mouth

Molars:  the teeth located in the back of the mouth that are used for mashing and grinding food


Call us today to schedule your next appointment! (928)774-5599