Impacted Wisdom Teeth

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

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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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. 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.
An representation of a tooth impacted by soft tissueSoft Tissue
An example of a tooth with a partial bony impactionPartial Bony
An illustration of a tooth completely impacted by boneComplete Bony

Christopher E. Bonacci, DDS, MD, PC

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Procedure and experience were flawless. No other issues after the procedure and my wisdom teeth were taken out with no complications. I highly recommend this office and Dr. Bonacci to anyone seeking dental and facial treatment.

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I was extremely nervous about my procedure - but everyone in Dr. Bonacci's office helped put me at ease from the very beginning. I highly recommend their services and will definitely come back (though hopefully not anytime soon!) I am very impressed and appreciative of the quality of service and communication from everyone there.

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Having your wisdom tooth pulled out is never a good experience but I think this went decently well.

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Excellent experience from start to finish. Both kids had wisdom teeth procedures on same day and it was expertly handled. Good recovery afterwards and detailed instructions helped.

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super helpful and a lot easier than expected

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very nice staff I felt very safe and comfortable while the procedure was happening!!

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The procedure day was very fast and easy.

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unexpectantly overall "painless" experience. Quick, professional and extremely efficient experience. Thanks to the good Doctor and his team !!

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A truly world class experience. As a senior getting wisdom teeth removed was scary but the Doctor and everyone on the staff took excellent care od me every step of the way. Dr. Bonacci is a terrific Doctor.

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It was really quick and hassle free.

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I was thoroughly satisfied with my experience after surgery. I had gone in expecting a week of pain and swelling, but I came out with hardly any discomfort at all! There was absolutely no bruising or excessive pain or discomfort; Dr. Bonacci did a beautiful job.

- Leo B

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Dr. Bonacci made my wisdom teeth procedure easy and painless! Would recommend to anyone looking to get wisdom teeth procedure!

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Fabulous experience! Dr. Bonacci took a potentially difficult experience and turned it into a pleasant one. I had several complications involved with my wisdom tooth extraction, and Dr. Bonacci handled all of them with no difficulty. I will recommend this office and Dr. Bonacci to all my friends and family.

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I think choosing this oral surgery office was a wonderful choice! They showed great hospitality and care, and executed my wisdom tooth surgery quickly and painlessly. I'm recovering well now and feel great after just a week!

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Overall, the surgery and recovery went well. Very professional and thorough.

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Great doctor and staff. They did a job of preparing and informing me before my procedure, and on the day of the surgery everything went very smoothly. I would definitely recommend Dr. Bonacci to friends/family.

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