Impacted Wisdom Teeth

What is an impacted tooth?

Most people develop and grow 32 permanent adult teeth, many times their jaws are too small to accommodate wisdom teeth. When lack of space prevents the wisdom teeth from fully erupting they are called impacted wisdom teeth. Chewing and cleaning are difficult with impacted wisdom teeth often leading to painful situations. 

A diagram half mouth X-ray with teeth impaction and half digital graphic highlighting impacted teeth

Types Of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

A free consultation is required to determine if you will benefit from wisdom tooth removal. A full mouth x-ray of your mouth and jaws (panorex) will be taken for $40 to evaluate your wisdom teeth. From the x-ray and the examination we can determine if your wisdom teeth are impacted, or if there is room for them to fully erupt and be maintained in a healthy state. If removal is required we can determine the difficulty and provide a written estimate.

  • Soft Tissue Impacted: When wisdom teeth cannot fully erupt because of excess gum tissue this is called soft tissue impacted.
  • Partial Bony Impacted: A wisdom tooth partially erupts when there is not enough space in the jaw. In this case the wisdom tooth cannot function properly, creates cleaning problems, and can cause unfix-able cavities on the second molar.
  • Complete Bony Impacted: There is no space for the tooth to erupt or the tooth developed sideways. It remains embedded in the jaw bone and requires complex surgical techniques for removal. Often the impacted wisdom tooth is unusually positioned and complicated to remove. 
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