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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Just had all four Wisdom Teeth pulled out today, and I must say Dr. Butura & his staff are very professional and efficient. I was a nervous wreck, the nurse Sharon assured me that I would be fine. The procedure was done in 30-40 mins. The aftermath has been pleasant, not too much swelling or bleeding. I'm very impressed, and would highly recommend them to anyone in the Phoenix Metro.

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Good morning. I had just seen dr. Butura and his staff yesterday. This was an emergency visit as I had alot of swelling and needed 7 teeth pulled. Within 2 hours he made sure to fit me into his already very busy schedule for the day. He and his staff are some of the most amazing and caring people who I ever met in the medical field. I got the surgery done at 4 p.m. yesterday and in just over 12 hours I'm already looking and feeling much better. If you want a staff if people who will be very kind courteous and respectful and very trustworthy are these folks. 🙂

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Dr. Butura is amazing. I had put off having my wisdom teeth extracted because I was nervous about having surgery. But I made the right choice coming here as he was very professional explaining everything in the consultation and then the surgery went quicker than I thought with no side effects afterwards. I had very minimal pain and I healed quickly. His office is modern and relaxing and his staff is very friendly and reassuring. I wish all doctors offices were like this!

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