Wisdom Teeth | Branchburg NJ

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.

Do you have questions about Wisdom Teeth? Concerned about the procedure? Call Branchburg Oral, Maxillofacial and Implant Surgery Phone Number 908-218-0300 to speak to a staff member.

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 Impacted Teeth

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: The tooth is underneath the gum tissue and cheek but is not beneath the jaw bone.
  • Partial Bony Impaction: There is enough space to allow the wisdom tooth to completely erupt. So the tooth cannot function properly in the chewing process, and creates cleaning problems and becomes very high risk for the development of pain, infection and decay, .
  • Complete Bony Impaction: There is NO space for the tooth to erupt. It remains embedded in the jaw bone and is at risk of developing an infection, damaging the adjacent tooth or developing pathology.
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

Call our Branchburg office today at Branchburg Oral, Maxillofacial and Implant Surgery Phone Number 908-218-0300 to make an appointment with Dr. Maloney.