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.

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.

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

Oakland Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center

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We were referred to this office by my son's dentist. My son is 15 years old and had all 4 wisdom teeth impacted. He needed to have them surgically removed. We seen Dr. Haskins, WOW what a great doctor I would highly recommend him!! The staff is extremely nice very helpful very professional. The office in South Lyon as well as the one in Novi are very nice and clean. Thank you Dr. Haskins and all of his staff!!!

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I am 30 years old and haven't been to the dentist in 15 years had to get a wisdom tooth pulled that infected my cheeks they were amazing totally would recommend anybody to go there

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Dr. Haskins & the entire staff at the Sterling Heights location are extraordinary! They were able to make an experience that I was terrified of having into an enjoyable one. I had my wisdom teeth removed & couldn't have been happier with the care that I received. Everyone is friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. If you're searching for an oral surgery office that will exceed your expectations, this is it!

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Overall you guys made the wisdom teeth procedure less stressful for me and i had a very quick recovery.

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Dr. Moore and his assistant Kacey were very professional and did a great job removing my wisdom teeth. They answered all of my questions and explained the details of the procedure and recovery to me in detail and with a lot of clarity. Definitely highly recommended!

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Dr. Royal took his time and explained my entire surgery to me. He didn't rush me along. He was very thorough. Dr. Royal rocks!

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My wisdom teeth never caused me issues until recently where they were very uncomfortable. My dentist watched them and there had never been a rush to get them out before. I needed to get them out quickly and when I called Oakland Oral Surgery they understood I was studying abroad soon and was in pain. They were able to get me in for my consultation and surgery both within a week and a half and worked with my school schedule as I'm a college student. I was very nervous for the procedure as well as going under but knew I'd feel better after. Dr. Chames was really nice, relaxed and genuinely cared about me as a person as well as a patient. He went over all of the risks, made sure everything was clearly outlined and showed me my situation through my x-rays. The day after my procedure, a day they were not open, he called me from his personal line just to check in on me and remind me to keep icing and that if I had any questions gave me numbers I could call, including his personal phone. A week later when I came for my check up, he reassured me I was healing just fine and asked if I wanted my stitches out. I wasn't sure and started to explain what I was feeling, where he interjected respectfully and said "why don't we just take care of them, you're worrying too much." He removed them, gave me a tool to help keep my sockets clean, and again reminded me to call if I had any questions or problems. This was such a pleasant experience and I would recommend this office to anyone! I was so impressed with how much they cared about me and how well it went. The surgery is different for everyone but I'm so glad they were by my side through it all.

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I was sedated so I don't remember much, but what I do remember was great!

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This was one of the nicest dental offices I've been to. My wisdom tooth removal went perfectly and I couldn't be more happy with the doctor and his dental assistants!

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I received amazing care and follow-up treatment before, during, and after my surgery. Everyone in the office was extremely kind and professional. They made having my wisdom teeth removed a smooth and enjoyable experience and that is truly a difficult feat! I highly recommend Dr. Royal and the entire Oakland Oral Surgery practice.

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These doctors made me feel less nervous by being friendly with me and sharing the information about the procedure and the information that I need to know to help relieve my pain after the surgery. I would definetly recommend this to my friends. Thank you.

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My surgery went very well with little recovery time nede. Very friendly and caring as leading up to my surgery. Everyone was very clear and wanted me as the patient to understand fully the procedure and recovery.

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Doctor Chames made the entire process easy and happily answered any questions I had. Even when there were small issues following my surgery, he explained everything to me and made the process so simple.

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The Doctor called and followed up 3 times regarding bleeding and nausea which was very helpful. The Doctor was available and ready to help when we needed it and showed a genuine interest in our progress.

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