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

Christopher E. Bonacci, DDS, MD, PC

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Dr. Bonacci did an outstanding job with the removal of each of my impacted wisdom teeth. One tooth was touching a nerve so was a delicate procedure and there were absolutely no issues. I have complete confidence in Dr. Bonacci.

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The staff was very nice and the procedure went smoothly.

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Dr. Bonacci and his staff are very professional and clearly are immensely knowledgeable and effective with respect to the medical side of wisdom teeth removal. The procedure went off without a hitch and the recovery process was easy. I would recommend Dr. Bonacci to any family or friend in need of wisdom teeth removal.

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They helped me get rid of the pain and an infection

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Doctor is very kind and staff is friendly. Successful wisdom teeth removal procedure

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The whole process was very easy and almost painless!

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