21660 W. Field Parkway, Suite 220
Deer Park, IL 60010

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.

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

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.
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

Oral Surgery Services

Oral Facial & Implant Specialists, P.C.
Deer Park Office

21660 W. Field Parkway, Suite 220
Deer Park, IL 60010
Tel: (847) 381-0106
Fax: (847) 381-0265

Deer Park Oral Surgeons, Dr. J. Travis Thompson and Dr. Stephen Martin, manage a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth and facial regions. For more information about the oral and maxillofacial surgery services we provide, or to schedule a consultation, call our office in Deer Park, IL at Deer Park Office Phone Number (847) 381-0106.