Impacted Wisdom Teeth
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Third molars are commonly referred to as wisdom teeth. They are usually the last teeth to develop and are located in the back of your mouth, behind your second molars. Their development is usually completed between the middle teenage years and early twenties, a time traditionally associated with the onset of maturity and the attainment of wisdom.
Wisdom Teeth Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of wisdom teeth, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to wisdom teeth are discussed.
What Is An Impacted 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.
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.
Spring Cypress Oral Surgery and Implant Center
Patient Review By Christine S
Dr. Fuentes and his staff are the best! I have 3 kids who have had their wisdom teeth taken out. My older two had them taken out by another oral surgeon in the area and my youngest child had them done with Dr. Fuentes. The difference in the care shown to our family was night and day. Dr. Fuentes and his team are the best in the business. The office was SUPER easy to work with. The surgery went well and the recovery for my youngest was so easy compared to the older ones who went to a different doctor. I now feel bad that my older two didn't see Dr. Fuentes. If you are looking for a doctor that is great at what he does and you can tell truly cares then you should go to Spring Cypress Oral Surgery.
- Christine S
Patient Review By Michelle G
Took my daughter to see Dr. Fuentes to get a consultation about having her wisdom teeth removed. The office is great and the staff are some of the best I have ever come across. They are all very friendly and professional. Dr. Fuentes is the most impressive doctor I have come across in my 46 years! Not only did he take the time to go over the procedure and answer all of our questions but he took the time to get to know us as people (most doctors never do that). He treated us like we were long time friends! My daughter is scheduled to have her wisdom teeth removed in 2 weeks and I am glad she was referred here!
- Michelle G
Patient Review By Sarah P
Most caring, gentle doctor I have ever been to. Highly recommend!
- Sarah P
Patient Review By Pam B
Let me tell you the most impressive thing about this doctor! He is so gentle and so good at placing an IV. It only took 1 try and I barely felt it! I was worried of having an IV for my sedation to have my wisdom teeth pulled because I am a "hard stick" it usually take 5-10 tries before they can find a vein. I have had nurses, anesthesiologists, "the best IV starter in the hospital", other surgeons all try to put an IV in and the can never get it started without a huge ordeal! It only took Dr. Feuntes 1 try and it was so smooth and easy. I told him that it was the easiest IV I have ever had and his nurse told me that that is what all of his patients say. Next thing I know I woke up from surgery. Recovery was easy and I was eating normal food that day. I told Dr Fuentes that I was going to pay him to take him with me the next time I needed a blood draw or an IV.
- Pam B
Patient Review By Sarah P
I am the biggest chicken when it comes to going to the dentist. I had the greatest experience having my wisdom teeth taken out!!!. Dr. F was so patient with me and made me feel at ease. Before I knew it he had put me to sleep and I woke up and my wisdom teeth were out. Afterwards was very easy also. I am so glad I listened to all the people who told me to see Dr. F. Thank you Spring Cypress Oral Surgery for making it easy!
- Sarah P