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.

x-ray imaging can help reveal the presence 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.
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

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The entire staff including Dr. B were incredibly friendly, kind and helpful. I took both of my kids at the same time to have their wisdom teeth removed. They did an amazing job. I ended up having to call after hours due to an issue with the pharmacy and the doctor himself actually answered my call and immediately took action to help fix the pharmacy error. I had never been to this office before and was so happy with the staff and their work. I would most definitely refer anyone I know to this office!! Great job!

- Stacey C

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Dr. Butura and the rest of the staff were great. They my wisdom teeth removal experience as pleasant as possible.

- Caitlyn R

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Dr Butura and staff are all rockstars! I've always had a fear of anything dental so getting my wisdom tooth extracted was something I was not looking forward to. Marie at the Front Office got me scheduled for my consultation right away and made the process stress free. Dr Butura answered all my questions and concerns in our consultation, not sugar coating anything and then I scheduled my surgery in the coming two weeks. On the day of my surgery, Sharon greeted me at the door to bring me back to my surgical room and immediately made me feel more calm chatting until Dr Butura came in. A few mins later, Dr Butura greeted me cheerfully and was ready to get the show on the road! In what felt like seconds later, I woke up and it was all over and I was able to go home to rest. The day after my surgery, the front office ladies called to check up on me, excellent customer service! The entire process was super smooth and I am so happy I was referred to Dr Butura. If I ever need to return to the office, I know I will be in good hands.

- Kim H

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I had an impacted wisdom tooth removed with bovine bone grafting. Dr. Butora and his staff were very friendly and professional. I was scared and nervous for my consultation and procedure and they put me at ease. Thank you!!

- Christine M

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I had been in pain for about four year and I finally was able to remove my wisdom teeth with an amazing surgeon. Everything from the phone consultations, the surgery, and the post surgery, it was everything I had hoped for. I couldn't had been more happy with the service that I was given and I would absolutely recommend anyone to come here if they need oral or dental implant surgery.

- Adrian L

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Great place! I had all four of my impacted wisdom teeth removed and it was a great experience, painless and quick. If I ever need an oral surgery again I would absolutely come back here! Highly recommend Butura oral & dental implant surgery to everyone!

- Maria H

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Such a refreshing experience! Very nice and professional staff. I would definitely recommend to family/friends! Thank you Dr. Butura!

- Madeline L

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I got all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed a few days ago. I went in extremely nervous, the ladies that were getting my heart-rate/blood pressure/IV were extremely sweet. They calmed me down when I started crying out of nerves. I was sedated during the surgery, once I woke up they were very prompt to get me to the recovery room. They were prepared with all of the necessary information to take care of myself after the procedure. The staff and Dr. Butura are absolutely incredible. I will recommend to anyone who needs to get their wisdom teeth removed!

- Mialynn W

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Ms. Sharen and Ms. Eileen assist Dr. B during my surgery. I ask if they were there to hold my hand ( don’t like needles )? The answer was “ if that’s what you would like” I thought to myself “ how kind and thoughtful “. I was cold and I was given a blanket. If your searching for oral surgeon office that treats you like a person and not a number your search is over Dr. B and staff thank you for your warm and friendly environment. Melodye

- Melodye H

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If you're looking for an oral surgeon in the Valley, you need not look any further. I just had all 4 of my wisdom teeth pulled at Dr. Butura's office and I could not have asked for a better experience. At my consultation, Dr. Butura was incredibly friendly and personable. Some surgeon's have a tendency to talk down to you. Not Dr. Butura. He explained in layman's term what my procedure would entail and even went as far as asking what I did for a living which sparked a 5-minute side conversation. In my experience, that sort of genuine interest in a patient is very rarely shown in the medical industry. Especially from those with a "Dr" preceding their name. Dr. Butura is an exception. I was equally as impressed with his staff. I was greeted with a warm welcome from Marie at the front desk. After my consultation, I mentioned to Marie on my way out that I've put off this procedure for many, many years. She then told me a story of how she also put off getting her wisdom teeth pulled but ended up caving because they were just too difficult to keep clean. This was nice to hear because it's the exact reason why I finally caved as well. We had a few laughs about our shared struggles of trying to maintain proper dental hygiene with four hard-to-reach teeth that were closer to the back of our throats than the front of our mouths. But it's that sort of personal touch that goes a long way for me as a patient. My dental assistant, Eileen, was also great. Very friendly and she gave great post-surgery instruction. Well, at least that's what my wife told me. I was still a little loopy probably slobbering all over myself like a thirsty Saint Bernard. As far as the procedure itself, it was quick and easy. Dr. Butura had me in and out in 40 minutes! I can't say enough about my experience at Dr. Butura's office. My family & I will be going here for all of our future oral surgery needs. We live in Gilbert but Dr. Butura and his team are well worth the drive. Highly recommend!

- Jason S

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Having my wisdom teeth removed later in life than is normally recommended I was very apprehensive and my anxiety was working overtime. However, after the first consultation I was set at ease by the friendly, personable yet straight forward demeanor of the staff and Doctor. I was efficiently told what to expect in terms of the surgery itself and after. They were also very patient with any questions I had before and after the procedure. Dr. Butura and his staff have my highest recommendation.

- Michelle R

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Dr. Butura and his staff are great! Had my wisdom teeth removed with no issues at all.

- Shane P

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Took great care of my kids!! Highly recommend!

- Sandra P

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I needed 4 extractions and I was terrified (I hadn’t been to the dentist in YEARS, due to fear, so my teeth were in bad shape). I chose to be sedated because I didn’t want to be awake and have anxiety. During the consultation, Dr. Butura was friendly and addressed any concerns I had. I also received prescriptions that day which gave me time to get them filled before surgery. He made me feel at ease. His staff members are very nice as well. The day of surgery, I was called in a few minutes after arrival. I was offered a blanket because it was cold, which was a very nice gesture. Dr. Butura entered the room and explained the procedure again. He placed the IV into my arm and it wasn't even a minute later that I was already asleep. I woke up about an hour later, surgery was done. My recovery was great! I went to the movies the same night 🙂 I had very minimal swelling. I followed the prescriptions and only used the ibuprofen for pain. I was so happy that I anticipated a lot of pain but didn’t have it! That’s a pretty good let down to have. I highly recommend Dr. Butura. My experience there was more than what I could have hoped for! Thank you!

- Erica M

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If your teen needs his or her wisdom teeth out, then this is the best oral surgery office. Dr. Butura and his team removed my daughter's very difficult impacted wisdom teeth this week and her recovery seems to be so easy, with no complications and as a mom, I am extremely happy and thankful I chose this office! I would recommend Dr. Butura and his incredible team in a heartbeat!

- Jessica S

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VERY pleased with Dr. Butura office and surgery! I am in a accelerated nursing program and was having extreme tooth pain. I called the office and they were able to get me in within the week, scheduled surgery around my VERY BUSY schedule and was VERY pleased with the surgery itself. I was able to only take pain medication the night of surgery and than was free of all medication except the antibiotic! I do not have any family in AZ as I am here for school and they took exceptional care of me! I am very pleased and would recommend EVERYONE! thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

- Nicole B

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VERY pleased with Dr. Bantura office and surgery! I am in a accelerated nursing program and was having extreme tooth pain. I called the office and they were able to get me in within the week, scheduled surgery around my VERY BUSY schedule and was VERY pleased with the surgery itself. I was able to only take pain medication the night of surgery and than was free of all medication except the antibiotic! I do not have any family in AZ as I am here for school and they took exceptional care of me! I am very pleased and would recommend EVERYONE! thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

- Nicole B

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I was referred to Dr. Butura for my wisdom teeth removal and it was an outstanding experience. I contacted his office and got an appointment that same afternoon to go over my X Rays, pricing, and insurance coverage. Dr. Butura explained the procedure thoroughly and then scheduled me for the extractions immediately after I signed all the paper work. On the day of my procedure the staff was super patient with me and helped calm my nerves. They constantly made sure I was safe and even helped my dad walk me to the car afterwards. Dr. Butura took excellent care of me and prescribed me with all the needed medications to prevent pain, swelling, and infection. The day after my procedure I even received a courtesy call from one of the receptionists asking if I was doing okay, I could honesty not believe that they took the time to do that and it was a very nice touch. My follow up appointment was today and just like every other time I visited the office, the wait time was minimal and Dr. Butura was direct and to the point. I didn’t have any trouble with my recovery and I was back to work in 2 days, it was great. Lastly, it is important to mention that there were never any hidden fees, I was given an exact amount before scheduling the procedure and that is exactly what I ended up paying, which is unbelievable considering many other places end up having add on fees that aren’t even broken down to explain what they mean. Overall I am so pleased I went with Dr. Butura and would recommend him to anyone looking for a professional and caring oral surgeon.

- Camila M

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Confession of a confirmed "antidentite" (a person who hates going to a dentist) In Aug 2019 I was informed that I had a tooth that was split in two from top to bottom. The dentist said it would become infected and needed to be removed. He further said that because of the location the removal would need to be done by an oral surgeon. Now in my mental filing system "oral surgeon" is filed right next to "assassin"......so I was not pleased at this news. When I got to my initial meeting with Dr Butura the people in the office were extremely pleasant, efficient and friendly. (I wondered if they were just trying to prepare me for the ordeal ahead....but no they are really wonderful) Dr Butura explained what the options for treatment were...he was detailed and clear...and answered any and all questions. (Unfortunately he gently, but firmly rejected my option of a couple drops of Gorilla glue and a band around the tooth......I made this in jest, but he said some have actually tried it; unfortunately with severe negative consequences.) There was no rush, as is so often the case. He was patient, clear and reassuring. The day of my feared execution..... When i arrived the staff was very friendly and reassuring that this would be easy. The Bible says: "It is appointed unto man once to die" and I wondered if this was going to be my appointment....... Dr Butura came in and said "lets take a look". He rubbed something around the tooth and walked out. He returned in a few minutes and said: "open wide"....It was then I saw the deadly needle. he spent a few seconds doing something then he said; "OK... I'll be back in 15 minutes". I asked him when he was going to give me the dreaded shot? He replied he just did.....The shots were one of my biggest fears, and he did it with NO PAIN. He is the absolute best at giving shots I have ever met. I was now beginning to think I might actually survive the whole procedure. He came back and once again said: "open wide". He said you will feel a little pressure, but no pain.........A couple minutes later he repeated this......again pressure, but no pain. A minute later he stepped back and said; We're done". I could hardly believe it.....I not only survived....I felt fine.....no pain!!!!! The PA explained in detail what to do for the next several days. On the way out all the staff wished me well. I got a follow-up phone call the next morning. This was the most positive dental experience i have ever had!!! I whole heartedly recommend Dr Butura and his team. PS In my mental filing system I have moved Dr Butura away from "assassin" to two files down from "Guardian Angel".

- Paul W

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The staff at Dr. Butura's office is fantastic! I had all four wisdom teeth done here. I was nervous about the procedure but once I met the surgeon and staff there I knew I was in good hands. It's a very professional place and very caring! I am very happy I was referred here and would highly recommend to anyone!

- Sarah M

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