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

For more information about Impacted Wisdom Teeth or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bonacci, call our office in Vienna, VA at Christopher E. Bonacci, D.D.S., M.D., PC Phone Number 703-255-9400.

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

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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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I strongly recommend Dr. Christopher Bonacci to anyone seeking oral surgery. I was first his patient at 14 year old, but came back for wisdom teeth removal years later because of his excellent service. In both surgeries, he provided helpful post-operative guidelines and clearly described his objectives.

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The procedure was very quick, easy, and painless. The time flew by and I felt comfortable throughout the entire procedure!

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Surgery/Recovery was fast and nearly painless.

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I was honestly terrified of this procedure but the staff was great and made me feel much more at ease! Wonderful care, and I'll definitely return if I need another procedure done.

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Wisdom teeth procedure went much more smoothly than anticipated. I was able to eat most foods by the second day much to my surprise. Quick and easy operation.

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My son's wisdom teeth removal was far easier than we thought it would be. The procedure was quick and he was only really uncomfortable for the first day or two. Dr. Bonacci and the staff were very helpful and informative.

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The wisdom teeth extraction with Dr. Bonacci was simple and relatively pain free. The whole procedure took less than 90 minutes and I was back to work he next day.

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