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.

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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.

Wisdom Teeth Presentation

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.

Diagram and X-Ray of impacted wisdom 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.
Soft Tissue tooth impactionSoft Tissue
Partially bony tooth impactionPartial Bony
Completely Bony tooth impactionComplete Bony

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Patient Review By Lori M

Excellent care from Dr Fuentes and his staff! Highly recommend!!!!

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Patient Review By Tara B

Dr. Fuentes and staff are the best around! You will not find a more caring and compassionate office. I waited 15 years to get my wisdom teeth out due to fear of being in pain and just sheer anxiety. I was scared for nothing! They took such good care of me from start to finish, I was good within a few days and back at work on Monday. Highly recommend and will use for any problems in the future as well as for my daughter when she needs her wisdom teeth out!

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Patient Review By A G

Great experience having my wisdom teeth taken out. Dr. Fuentes is so funny and he put me at ease. IV was super easy then I literally felt like I blinked and woke up from surgery. No pain afterward. Dr. Fuentes is the man! He is super smooth!

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Patient Review By Kari D

Ive sent both my daughters here for removal of their wisdom teeth! You will not find a more attentive, friendly staff! Dr. Fuentes listens, is patient, kind and cares! The office is clean and safety procedures are first priority here! I HIGHLY recommend Spring Cypress Oral Surgery and will return for future if needed!

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Patient Review By Diane B

Like any parent I was nervous about my son's surgery to remove wisdom teeth, but the staff and Dr. Fuentes made us feel very comfortable. The office is immaculate and the staff made you feel at home. Dr. Fuentes greeted us personally and took time to explain everything before the surgery. We actually drove down from Ft. Worth after hearing other patient testimonials. We are happy we did! Dr. Fuentes ensured my son would be comfortable on the trip home and explained in detail how to keep his pain under control as we were returning home after the procedure. My son recovered quickly and was actually able to return to baseball within 3 days with absolutely NO complications. Dr. Fuentes is genuinely interested in his patients and has an excellent "bedside" manner. He is approachable, knowledgeable, and highly skilled. I would highly recommend Dr. Fuentes!

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