What Is An Impacted Wisdom Tooth?
Although most people develop and grow 32 permanent adult teeth, most people have jaws that 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 space to allow the gum tissue to retract for adequate cleaning of the tooth.
- Partial Bony Impaction: There is not enough space to allow the wisdom tooth to fully erupt out of the bone and gum. It is still partially within the bone and gum. 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. The impacted wisdom tooth may also be in an unusual position and difficult to remove.