Impacted Wisdom Teeth

What Is An Impacted Wisdom 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.

If you are experiencing complications from impacted teeth please contact us today.

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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.
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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

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Ali Alijanian, DDS: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implants

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My daughter had her wisdom teeth removed and the doctor was really nice and explained everything to her to calm her down. He was awesome!!

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It’s not common for medical professionals to give their own cell phone number to patients for emergencies, but when our daughter while away at college was in pain all night not long after having her wisdom teeth extracted, we were SO glad he did! He answered at 7am, and was calming and supportive, guiding us through next steps and asking for updates. Long story short, my daughter’s fine now thanks to some fine folks in San Diego, but Dr Alijanian gets major props for standing by his patients and being truly available for emergencies, even over 400 miles away! I applaud Dr Alijanian and his awesome, friendly staff, and would highly recommend their office for outstanding oral care and customer service!

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When I first stepped in the office, I was immediately comfortable. Everyone was super welcoming and the doctors were incredibly relaxed and confident. Their confidence allowed me to trust them and it made the wisdom teeth procedure a surprisingly easy experience. The procedure was super quick and I could tell everyone there was incredible at their job. I would recommend Dr. Alijanian to anyone!

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