Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Oral & Facial Surgery of Northeast Texas – Texarkana TX

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.
 
 
 

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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

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5 out of 5 stars based on 4 Wisdom Teeth reviews.

Patient Review By Ashley B

At 34 years old, I had put off having my wisdom teeth pulled until I just couldn't delay anymore. I was dreading the procedure after having heard horror stories from so many people, especially those older than 30! Dr. Hastings did a FANTASTIC job with my procedure! The procedure was painless, and I woke quickly from the anesthesia with no side effects. I had very minimal pain afterwards (was able to control with ibuprofen and Tylenol), and I had no swelling (I used ice packs for the first 36 hours, which I'm sure helped). The anxiety and stress leading up to my procedure was much, much worse than the actual surgery! Again, I highly recommend Dr. Hastings and the staff at OMS!

- Ashley B

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Patient Review By Piffany C

Everyone was awesome. It was very easy. I was at ease by the information that was provided to me. Dr. Legan called and checked on me the same day, made me feel like someone cared about my well-being.

- Piffany C

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Patient Review By Angie S

Overall great experience. I highly recommend this office!

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Patient Review By Vanessa S

Very friendly staff and Doctor

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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