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.
For more information about Impacted Wisdom Teeth or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alijanian call our office at Walnut Creek Oral Surgery Office Phone Number 925-934-7888.
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

Ali Alijanian DDS

5 out of 5 stars based on 54 Wisdom Teeth reviews.

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I was in and out of here in one hour for my wisdom teeth appointment.

- Ian C

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Everyone in the office was kind and helpful and the procedure went smoothly!

- Kimberly D

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Very kind environment and staff were very welcoming. Overall procedure was quick

- Melanie D

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Thank you for taking care of the Wisdom teeth for all 5 members of our family! Your the best!

- Brett G

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I was nervous about pulling a wisdom tooth, especially after reading about complications on the internet. The doctor put me at ease right away. I was pleasantly surprised with quickness and ease of pulling the tooth and with side effects. I will not go anywhere else in the future.

- Jen K

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Good time overall!

- Haley C

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Great job thanks

- Ryan R

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Excellent service and cannot recommend enough

- Sophie C

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Staff is super friendly and nice would come back if needed.

- Anthony F

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Would definitely recommend. Absolutely loved the staff

- Isabella E

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Everyone was very helpful with any questions asked and very friendly as well!

- Keegan C

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Thank you for a great procedure for removing my wisdom teeth! Everything went well and office answered all questions via periodic calls and at a follow up.

- Ryan E

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Great service!

- Jolie L

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Thanks for the warm and professional service.

- Ben P

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Great,

- Amanda B

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I was so scared of getting my wisdom teeth pulled out. But the staff and doctor made feel comfortable. They care for their patients and it shows. If I need something done again I will be back.

- Michelle D

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My son felt in good hands right away, and Dr. Alijanian recognized how complicated the procedure was going to be - an impinged nerve where a wisdom tooth had grown sideways - but while the 6 fast and dentists consulted before shied back from the treatment, Dr. Alijanian just looked thoroughly at the x-ray and the affected teeth and offered the treatment choices, clearly sure of his competence and the reassurance that it would go well. It did, the doctor worked fast and painlessly; my son did very well. Follow up care was timely and thorough. Both my son and I recommend Dr. Alijanian in every way, financially speaking as well. We will be back!

- Jutta C

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I had a great overall experience. I will definitely return with future dental needs!

- Maria T

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The experience was quick fast and went very well, two thumbs up =)

- Ashley O

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All work was completed thoroughly and with minimal impact to me. Recovery was quick and painless after the first day. Thank you for taking good care of me.

- Maxim D

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