Impacted Wisdom Teeth Harlingen TX

What Is An Impacted Tooth?

Although most people develop and grow 32 permanent adult teeth, their jaws are often 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.

Are You Seeking Relief From Wisdom Teeth Issues?

Dr. Cardenas can gently extract impacted wisdom teeth to relieve pain and prevent future complications.

Call us: 956-216-7570
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 remove them.

  • Soft Tissue Impaction: There is not enough room for the gum tissue to retract for adequate tooth cleaning.
  • Partial Bony Impaction: There is enough space to allow the wisdom tooth to erupt partially. However, the tooth cannot function properly in the chewing process, creating 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 removing 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