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Impacted Wisdom Teeth

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.
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

Central Virginia Oral and Facial Surgeons, PLC.

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The Best of the best and simply put and I couldn't have a better experience or found a better facility for my procedure. From day one, Dr. Tricker and his staff took the time to explain every detail and didn't rush to get me out the door like other medical facilities I've experienced over the years. I've never had an 'actual' doctor call to follow-up with me after surgery but that is the level of care Dr. Tricker provides and it really shows his dedication (and his staff's dedication) to his patients. I would absolutely recommend the clinic/facility to anyone in need of the services they provide, and would definitely not hesitate to return there should I need any work done in the future. There are very few places operating on this level these days and it's more than refreshing to have them in beautiful Charlottesville!

- Darren G

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We were greeted on time in the parking lot by the nurse (due to COVID screening). They were very welcoming on both of our appointments. When we arrived for the wisdom tooth removal procedure my daughter was very anxious. Our nurse, Katie, was absolutely amazing! She put her at ease and had her laughing before they began the procedure. After the procedure was over and she was coming out of the anesthesia she specifically said she wanted to see Katie before we left. That speaks volumes about the impact Katie had on her. Thank you to Katie and Dr. Conner and everyone else at Central Virginia Oral & Facial Surgeons for making this a great experience!

- Lindsay M

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The staff was very friendly, and the office was very neat.

- Katelyn R

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Dr. Conner did a great job at my consult and on the day of my surgery. He made sure that any questions were answered and explained everything in great detail. All of the staff was friendly and helpful. I am beyond grateful and impressed with my experience!

- Caitlin R

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Everyone was friendly and helpful. We appreciated that they were able to work with our schedule.

- Larry E

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Lovely practice staffed by lovely individuals.

- Margret A

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Dr. Conner was great, enjoyed his bedside manner. His techs were also very friendly and helpful

- andy w

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After cracking a wisdom tooth I decided to go through with a root canal and crown at first. I thought about it and read testimonials on the internet. Most people seem to say if they could do it over again, they'd just have the tooth extracted. So I cancelled the "Endo" appointment and got a referral to CVOFS from my Dentist Dr. Leo Scholl. Overall, I was very pleased with my treatment by the front desk, Dr. Peter Eisenhardt, his staff especially Joyce. I hope y'all have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !

- Roger N

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Highly recommended !Staff& specially to DR.TRICKER.

- Marie T

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