Impacted Wisdom Teeth | Pewaukee, WI

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 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

Lake Country Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

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

Patient Review by Ashley A

Dr. McAboy and staff made the whole process of wisdom teeth removal better. I was well taken care of and felt really comfortable. They all helped ease the tension I felt going into the procedure. I would recommend this office to anyone!

- Ashley A

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Patient Review by Josh C

Rani is the best!

- Josh C

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Patient Review by NATALIAH R

I was super super nervous to get my wisdom teeth out. Dr. McAboy respected that I wanted to know as little as possible about what they would be doing to my mouth. He came in, got me started with the iv sedation before I freaked out and jump from the chair. :(. When everything was done and left the room, I had no recollection of the procedure. It's been a day after surgery but I feel pretty good, nothing like my friends told me was going to be. I'd definitely recommend this Oral Surgeon and the assistant was extremely sweet and caring.

- NATALIAH R

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Patient Review by Jessie W

I would recommend this office to anyone that needs oral surgery. Office staff and Dr.McAboy were great. Made my time there the best it could be for getting teeth pulled.

- Jessie W

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Patient Review by Nancy M

Everything flowed very smoothly from beginning through the procedure, Dr. McAboy and his staff made me feel very comfortable the entire time.

- Nancy M

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