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.

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.



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x-ray imaging can help reveal the presence of impacted wisdom teeth

Types Of Impactions

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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.
wisdom teeth can become impacted by soft tissueSoft Tissue
wisdom teeth can develop a partial bony impactionPartial Bony
wisdom teeth can become completely impacted by boneComplete Bony

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

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My wisdom teeth removal is quick and easy thanks to Dr. Butura and staffs. They are incredibly professional and helpful throughout the process. Staffs are very accommodating and friendly.

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Dr. Butura and his staff made the experience of getting my wisdom teeth out very comfortable. I was nervous about the procedure, and their friendliness and professionalism helped to ease my worries. The day after my surgery, the staff called to check in on me, which I appreciated. I would totally recommend Dr. Butura to anyone in need of oral surgery!

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I had put off my wisdom teeth extraction for years. After being recommended to Butura Oral & Dental Surgery, I wondered why I had waited so long. Dr. Butura was professional, knowledgeable, and answered questions of uncertainty that I had. I have an underlying condition and he put my worries at ease; furthermore, he informed me of the medications that were best due to my underlying condition. My procedure was smooth and the recovery was steady. I followed the instructions that the staff gave me. I had no problems. I would highly recommend Butura Oral & Dental Implant Surgery based on my experience, and I recommended my spouse. She also had the great experience that I had.

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The staff and doctor were very professional and explained everything clearly. This is the first place in 15 plus years that explained why my wisdom teeth needed to be removed.

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Thank you so much to the staff and Dr. Butura. I was so nervous to get my wisdom teeth out, but the atmosphere and the knowledge of the staff and doctor immediately eased my mind and made me feel so confident and comfortable. I got all 4 wisdom teeth out, but if I had to do it again I would definitely come back to Dr. Butura’s office. Thank you so much!

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Had a great experience, from initial call to get in to get wisdom teeth removed to the after care appointment the whole staff has your health and healing process as a top priority.

- Ian J

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I am so grateful to everyone at Dr. Butura’s office. Best experience ever, google sent me to the right doctor when I was looking for the best oral surgeon in Phoenix. Everything was so quick, everyone was so friendly and the procedure itself was so easy, I just remember feeling a little dizzy after Dr. Butura injected the anesthesia through the IV, and I was going to say I think it’s working when I believe I fell asleep because I don’t remember anything else. Next thing I know my mom is in the room and I am ready to go home. Again thanks to everyone at the office for such great experience.

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This office is amazing! Everyone is sooo friendly, even though I was running late from traffic they were so understanding. You can tell the Dr. knows exactly what he was doing and I really wasn’t in much pain after my procedure and healed perfectly. I was so scared about getting my wisdom teeth removed but I shouldn’t have been. Overall a great experience and I’m happy I didn’t go anywhere else. Great price and great customer service. Schedule with them!! Thank you so much to everyone there!

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My daughter had 4 wisdom teeth removed by Dr. Butura with no issues. We really enjoyed the staff and the care she received was phenomenal. I would highly recommend Dr. Butura and his team for any Oral Surgery needs!

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I've had two procedures over the past couple of years and Dr. Butura and his staff have always taken great care of me. When my son needed his wisdom teeth out, I did not hesitate to bring him here. It's comforting to see the same staff each time I come. I feel welcome, appreciated and well taken care of.

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The staff and doctor were very friendly and helped ease my nerves about getting my wisdom teeth removed. Thank you so much!

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Dr Butura was amazing with our 10 year old who was nervous about getting her teeth pulled. He put her at ease, explaining everything to her along the way. The staff is so kind and helpful every step of the way! Thank you Dr Butura!

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My 12 year old daughter recently had teeth extracted by Dr Butura and we could not have had a better experience! She suffers from anxiety and panic attacks so I wanted a doctor who was calm and confident in what needed to be done. Unlike many Dr's who have stressed my daughter out, he put her right at ease, explaining what he was going to do, answering her questions and letting her know it was no big deal and that he does this all the time. His support staff was also kind, helpful and sympathetic in keeping her calm and at ease before and after the surgery. As promised, the procedure went smoothly and her recovery was quick and easy. Oh how I wish more doctors were like this! Thank you so much for such an all around pleasant experience!

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