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.

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.
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 31 Wisdom Teeth reviews.

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My wisdom teeth surgery was an overall great experience which is something people don't usually get to say about oral surgery! The surgery was quick, clean, and comfortable. The staff and doctor are extremely courteous and experienced. I experienced no problems whatsoever after surgery and all four extractions healed in less than a week!

- Rose M

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Very professional and courteous staff. My procedure was quick and painless. I will have all my future procedures done here.

- Jason B

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Dr Alijanian is the best! Had minimal swelling after my procedure! Loved my experience with him, would recommend to anybody!

- Michelle B

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Service was great, the post surgery meeting was pretty quick with the doctor. If it weren't for the hands outs I was given I would felt uniformed.

- Daniel E

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Everyone was very kind. The procedure went flawless and received all the information I need

- Ryan P

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Amazing business/practice.

- Alec M

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George says this was as good of an experience as you can have with your wisdom teeth out. He recovered well. Much easier than my procedure years ago. Would highly recommend.

- George L

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Everything went so smoothly for my appointments and the staff was extremely kind!

- Chloe H

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Very nice staff

- Emily L

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Would recommend to all friends and family

- Arash A

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I've heard getting all four teeth out at a time can be really bad, but this was fairly easy. Everyone was super friendly, and everything went very smooth.

- Ryan P

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Very smooth procedure end to end. I highly recommend! Very disappointed I did not make the Pluto countdown after taking happy gas before surgery - maybe better luck next time 🙂

- John K

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Great experience overall, loved how after the surgery the doctor called to check up on the patient. 🙂

- Sahrish B

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A+++++++

- Lauren L

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Thank you, helpful staff and friendly

- Kayla O

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Thank you

- Courtney R

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Everything went very smoothly. The procedure was fast and I had an overall great experience! Dr. Alijanian is super friendly and very good at what he does!

- Isabel B

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Great place to get wisdom teeth out

- Sarah G

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I did experience pain with one of the extractions, but it is getting better. Followed all the food, ice requirements and I am definitely tired of soft food. Ice cream, shakes and puddings great for a couple of days, but I look forward to a nice steak!

- Donna B

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Good accommodating staff and doctor, the procedure was fast and effective, with detailed instructions for after care, which helped me have speedy recovery. Would recommend

- Anjourla R

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