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

For more information about Impacted Wisdom Teeth or to request a consultation with Dr. Potee, call our office in Noblesville, IN at Noblesville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Phone Number 317-776-0105

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The surgery went well and recovery was smooth.

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Wisdom teeth removal couldn't have gone better! quick procedure and the recovery wasn't bad at all. The staff was super friendly and had me feeling at ease the entire time. I can't say enough good things about this practice!

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Great procedure, fast recovery. I was prescribed Ibuprofen and it worked as well as I needed it to, no crazy loopy painkillers needed. My only disappointment is that the website implied I would get to choose what sedation I wanted, and I wanted to be awake for my procedure via local anesthetic and nitrous oxide. However, when I got here, the only option offered was General anesthesia. I was a little disappointed that I didn't get to watch my wisdom teeth be extracted. The overall recovery was pretty great, though.

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