Impacted Wisdom Teeth:
A Common Condition
9 Out of 10
Did you know that 9/10 patients have at least one impacted wisdom tooth? In fact, it’s the number one reason that we remove them!
32 Teeth, 28 Spaces
Although we are born to have 32 teeth, for various reasons many individuals can only accommodate 28 teeth in their jaws. That is enough room to accommodate the first and second, but not the third molars (another name for “wisdom teeth”). Because the wisdom teeth are the last to erupt, there often isn’t enough room for them to assume their proper place in the jaws.
What does it mean if a tooth is impacted?
All of this crowding results in the wisdom teeth being unable to erupt through the gums properly – a condition commonly referred to as “impacted”. Often they grow in sideways, backward, tilted, and, in the majority of cases, they may even remain completely under the surface of the jawbone.
While you may feel nothing out of place, impacted teeth are at a significant risk for becoming infected, developing cysts or damaging neighboring teeth. For this reason, it is often necessary for Dr. Falk, Dr. Vitale and Dr. Niebloom to remove them.
We want you to know that if you have been told you have impacted wisdom teeth, you’re not alone! This common condition is one that we see regularly in our office. As Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, we are specially trained to handle even the most complex cases of impacted teeth. Please call us with any questions you may have about the management of your wisdom teeth.