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

Spring Cypress Oral Surgery and Implant Center

5 out of 5 stars based on 27 Wisdom Teeth reviews.

Patient Review By Shelly D

My daughter had her wisdom teeth taken out by Dr. Fuentes. He has the most incredible personality. You feel like you have known him for years! He is very professional and you can tell he loves what he does. My daughter was a nervous wreck until the consultation. After the consultation she told me that she didn’t feel nervous anymore because she felt so comfortable with the doctor and the team. Surgery day was a breeze. She was taken back to the surgery by such a sweet nurse. She said she didn’t even feel the IV and next thing she knew she was done. She had no discomfort after the surgery and was back doing normal activities the next day. I want to give my thanks to Dr . Fuentes and the nurses for making this mama feel so comfortable and safe during my daughter’s surgery by knowing she was in such good hands. We will be back with my 3 other kiddos.

- Shelly D

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Patient Review By Dzyntra C

Great experience with Spring Cypress Oral Surgery and Implant Center from start to finish! Dr. Christopher Thompson is an excellent oral surgeon! He’s very understanding and know how to listen to your concerns. He also took the time to explain the procedure step by step in a very clear manner. The service I received from him, and his team was simply excellent. A very warm experience! They are very knowledgeable, friendly, kind, and lovely to speak with. They really showed a lot of caring, and answered all my questions. I personally decided on local anesthesia for my wisdom tooth extraction, and Dr. Thompson made me feel at ease during the procedure, which was quick and painless. Very efficient! He also ensured I understood the aftercare instructions and followed up on my recovery. In a nutshell: Great experience as a first timer. Dr. Thompson and his team really care for a patient as a person with outstanding quality of medical care. I highly recommend becoming his patient.

- Dzyntra C

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Patient Review By Laura M

My 18 yo daughter had her wisdom teeth removed by Dr. Fuentes on the morning of Monday, December 27, 2021. I highly recommend Dr. Fuentes if you are looking for an exceptional oral surgeon! We had a 7:30am arrival time for her surgery. When we arrived, Dr. Fuentes’s reception staff were very friendly and informative, providing us with post-procedure instructions and verifying our pharmacy of choice. Within 5 minutes, my daughter was taken back for the procedure. Dr. Fuentes came out to personally speak with me once the procedure was finished, which I greatly appreciate. The entire appointment from walk in to drive out was less than 30 minutes! Before we pulled away, post-op instructions were reviewed with us again and the prescriptions had already been called into the pharmacy. We received communication from Dr. Fuentes’s office this morning checking on how our daughter was doing. Again, I greatly appreciate the follow-up! This is my family’s second experience having a procedure done by Dr. Fuentes and both times our experience was top-notch! Again, if you are looking for an oral surgeon, my family highly recommends Dr. Michael Fuentes at Spring Cypress Oral Surgery and Implant Center! His staff is friendly and knowledgeable, the facilities are immaculate, and he is timely, personable and an expert in his field!

- Laura M

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Patient Review By Julie A

Excellent service and follow up. I was amazed with how smooth the procedure was for both my daughters. Dr Fuentes did an excellent job! I would absolutely recommend him.

- Julie A

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Patient Review By Lori M

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

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