Impacted Wisdom Teeth
What is an impacted tooth?
Sometimes our jaws are simply too small to accommodate all 4 wisdom teeth and sometimes they grow in at strange angles or do not grow in at all. When insufficient space prevents the teeth from erupting, they are "impacted" wisdom teeth which prevents their ability to erupt into the proper position.
Types Of Impactions
Our oral surgeons will consult with you to determine whether your wisdom teeth need to be removed. An x-ray of your mouth and jaws (panorex) will be taken to determine whether your wisdom teeth are impacted, if there is room for them to erupt, and how easy it is to remove them. Below are the types of impaction:
- Soft Tissue Impaction: this is when there is insufficient room to allow the gum tissue to retract for adequate cleaning of the tooth.
- Partial Bony Impaction: this is when there is enough space to allow wisdom teeth to partially erupt but the teeth cannot function properly in terms of chewing and they are difficult to clean.
- Complete Bony Impaction: this is when there is no space for the teeth to erupt as they remain embedded in the jaw bone requiring complex surgical techniques to remove them. This situation also occurs when the size of the jaw bone and other facial structures makes removal of this tooth significantly more complex.