Impacted Wisdom Teeth

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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.

Side-by-side images of a mouth X-ray showing impacted teeth and a 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.
An representation of a tooth impacted by soft tissueSoft Tissue
An example of a tooth with a partial bony impactionPartial Bony
An illustration of a tooth completely impacted by boneComplete Bony

Read Our Patient Reviews

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Arts

5 out of 5 stars based on 22 Wisdom Teeth reviews.

Patient Review By Ana I

Doctor and staffs were so welcoming and make you feel very comfortable. My procedure was overall really good.

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Patient Review By brian h

such a great staff

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Patient Review By Beatriz F

My wisdom tooth was extracted by Dr. Cheung. I was very surprised with the procedure, it was quick and painless, couldn't have gone smoother. Dr. Cheung did a great job with the removal, extremely skilled and personable. His staff was efficient and knowledgeable and friendly I instantly felt at ease, I highly recommend them.

- Beatriz F

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Patient Review By Cecilia D

Everyone here was nice and I felt very comfortable. Dr. Sagong was great. I would definitely come back here if needed.

- Cecilia D

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Patient Review By Christian W

Friendly and courteous staff. Great skill and knowledge from doctor.

- Christian W

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Patient Review By AMOYA A

I was nervous at first but they assured me that everything was going to be ok and walked me through the procedure step by step a few times before to ensure that I understood what will happen. They offer really great service in a clean environment.


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Patient Review By Aaron L

I can't say enough about Dr. Ho. The sheer thought of having my wisdom tooth extracted wasn't the most comforting emotion. The location of my impaction was close to the nerve which Dr. Ho advised me of the possible complications. Before Dr. Ho arrived the staff had me watch a video to educate me about the procedure. Once Dr. Ho arrived he was straight forward about the possible side effects of nerve damage. Being my only option was to extract the wisdom tooth I simply didn't have a choice. Dr. Ho made me feel relaxed about the surgery and was beyond professional. I elected to go under and next thing I remembered was being awaken by the assistant. I had no pain and minor bleeding and swelling. Dr. Ho is very gentle and his level of schooling made me feel at ease even more. Dr. Ho is truly God sent and turned my suffering into relief. I HIGHLY recommend this guy to anyone that is need of Oral surgery, reconstruction and cosmetics. Thank you so much Dr. Ho...I Love You Man!!!

- Aaron L

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Patient Review By Cary S

I just had all 4 wisdom teeth extracted. The procedure was quick and painless. Dr. Yagoubian was very friendly as well as his assistants. I would highly recommend this dental group to anyone in need of dental work. 5 Stars!

- Cary S

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Patient Review By Cory e

My daughter is coming in tomorrow for the same procedure. i will recommend this group of physicians to everyone... especially Dr. Cheung. I trust him so much being in his hands! That is a great feeling to have when bringing your kids in to have any procedure done. Thank you!!!!!!

- Cory e

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Patient Review By Nina M

Great Staff and wonderful doctor. made the experience so much better than I thought it would be.

- Nina M

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Patient Review By Niloofar S

I had an excellent experience Dr. Benjamin was superfast and he is No. 1. I didn't feel anything. The nurse was very kind and I am so happy.

- Niloofar S

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Patient Review By Daniel C

The staff was very friendly and very professional. We were referred to this office and are so thankful for their service. We would definitely recommend this office to others.

- Daniel C

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Patient Review By Saurabu G

I had dental implants from Dr. Cheung and my experience was great. The staff was professional, kind, caring & would take time to explain and listen to my concerns. I would definitely recommend them to my family & friends.

- Saurabu G

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Patient Review By Arline M

Everyone was very nice. The set up of procedure impressive. Decor beautiful, and clean-very!

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Patient Review By Maria H

I've been coming to Dr. Cheung's office for several years. He has seen all my family, my husband, daughter, and I am so happy with the results after having my teeth removed and getting dental implants. The staff makes you feel like your part of a family.

- Maria H

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Patient Review By Megan P

My visit was excellent, staff very kind and extremely accommodating. Dr. Ho was very nice, and did a great job.

- Megan P

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Patient Review By Jesus A

Dr. Ho knew exactly what he was doing, and that made it easier on me. He provided very helpful information, very knowledgable, and the procedure was so fast and easy. Definitely coming back for the remainder of my wisdom teeth extractions.

- Jesus A

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Patient Review By Mateo E.

First surgery experience and wouldn't have had a better experience

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Patient Review By steven r.

pretty good experience, great customer service, they answered all my questions and they were very helpful.

- steven r.

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Patient Review By Jesica L.

My wisdom teeth surgery went very smooth. Dr. Cheung was very gentle. Dr. Cheung called me that night to follow up with me!

- Jesica L.

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Patient Review By Ignacio L.

I had all 4 wisdom teeth extracted by Dr. Cheung. My surgery went by so fast, I don't even remember falling asleep. The Staff members were so nice and helpful. They made me feel comfortable throughout my whole visit. Thank you for the great patient care!

- Ignacio L.

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