Impacted Wisdom Teeth Kirkland WA

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.

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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.

A diagram half mouth X-ray with teeth impaction and half digital graphic highlighting impacted teeth

Types of Teeth 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.
A representation of a wisdom tooth impacted by soft tissueSoft Tissue
An example of a wisdom tooth with a partial bony impactionPartial Bony
An illustration of a wisdom tooth completely impacted by boneComplete Bony

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Super easy to set up an appointment. The office was clean and they have a super cool high tech X-Ray Scanner. Would definitely recommend.

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Very professional and superb surgery. Not in pain at all after the surgery. Pain went away just in 2 days which I didnt even expect. I would definitely recommend this facility and Doctors for anybody. DR. RAMTIN AMINI was my doctor and just awesome.

- Ashis K

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Patrick was extremely helpful and friendly throughout the entire process. He operates with the utmost professionalism and expertise, and he was very calm and collected throughout the procedure. This was my first time under general anesthesia and he was able to put me at ease. I would highly recommend anyone to see Dr. Wang for any work needed.

- Ben S

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Dr. Wang is by far the best oral surgeon I know. I had a difficult impacted tooth that was to be extracted. Dr. Wang did such a amazing job taking it out. He has great smell and expertise. CHe made sure I was comfortable through out the procedure, had minimal discomfort throughout and after procedure. Dr. Wang and Galina were very nice and patient with me and also followed up to make sure I was doing ok. I highly recommend Dr. Wang and team.

- Maya V

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I had a wisdom teeth sugery done by Dr. Ramtin Amini and I was very pleased with my overall experience. He was very professional and went over the procedure with me. The surgery was quick and painless. I will definatly recommend him.

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