Impacted Wisdom Teeth San Diego & Coronado CA
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kurt Hummeldorf, DMD-PC
Patient Review By Jesus E
Was first professional oral procedure and it could have not gone any better. Dr. Hummeldorf and his staff makes the process very easy and calming with their welcoming and playful attitude from the scheduling, to the waiting, and surgical procedure. Overall, my experience was super positive and would definitely recommend to anybody who needs a procedure done! And I think the marketing of Dr. Hummeldorf overall brand is the best I’ve seen in any oral surgeon, I know.
- Jesus E
Patient Review By Fredrick Y
Dr. Hummeldorf literally saved my 16-year-old daughter Ashley’s life! When Ashley went in to get her wisdom teeth removed in Feb 2021, Dr. Hummeldorf spotted a small bump on her upper right back palate that was not there during the initial consult 3 weeks earlier. Dr. Hummeldorf performed a biopsy and also did a CT scan on his own and discovered an abnormal area between Ashley’s palate and sinus area. Unfortunately, it turned out to be salivary gland cancer, and we got Ashley in for surgery ASAP at UCSD to remove the affected area. Ashley is recovering ok now and her prognosis is good. If Dr. Hummeldorf had not spotted and acted on Ashley’s abnormality, she would still have a cancerous oral tumor continuing to grow. Thank you Dr. Hummeldorf!
- Fredrick Y
Patient Review By Winnie B
Dr. Hummeldorf and his staff were very helpful and eased my nerves prior to the procedure. The office staff made it very easy to schedule appointments/follow ups and were upfront about the total cost of the surgery. They also worked with my insurance to make sure everything was covered beforehand. The surgery itself was very quick and went well (I had all four wisdom teeth removed). I had no problems during recovery. Would definitely recommend.
- Winnie B
Patient Review By Cindy R
Our daughter had such a wonderful experience! Her wisdom teeth extraction went so incredibly smooth and her recovery was unexpectedly quick and relatively painless, which we attribute to Dr. Hummeldorf's surgical expertise! Dr. Hummeldorf and his staff answered all our questions with such professionalism, and explained everything regarding her surgery in easy to understand terms. They were extremely caring and concerned for her well being at all times! Highly recommend Dr. Hummeldorf!!
- Cindy R
Patient Review By Tanne4 G
Feelin 4 teeth lighter, feelin good
- Tanne4 G
Patient Review By Da'Javonn P
I appreciate all the help and care I received from every staff member I came in contact with!
- Da'Javonn P
Patient Review By Carrissa G
Amazing staff and friendly! Great customer service.
- Carrissa G
Patient Review By Kennedy Lovato
Everyone was so helpful and caring! I highly recommended Dr Hummeldorf and his staff.
- Kennedy Lovato
Patient Review By Andrea
Thanks for all the guidance and easy access to schedule appoitmnets.
Patient Review By Savannah V
Very nice people and very safe 🙂
- Savannah V
Patient Review By Kuulei A
I had a very pleasant experience, I felt I had an amazing surgeon with Dr Hummeldorf. I had received a written get well soon card in the mail maybe a day after, and it just warmed my heart. Also, LaToya has also been a pleasure up at the front desk. Thanks for all your hard work!
- Kuulei A
Patient Review By Cindy K
I was very nervous initially about the procedure but i had an extremely positive experience overall and am glad that i came to see Dr. Hummeldorf!
- Cindy K
Patient Review By derek y
All of the staff was very welcoming. I was able to schedule an appointment with ease. The doctors did an amazing job. I would highly recommend this place to my family and friends. I am definetly coming back.
- derek y
Patient Review By christopher w
Grrat staff fast procedure recovery was a breeze
- christopher w
Patient Review By Paris B
Everything was great! Dr. Hummeldorf even called me after to make sure I was okay. I left some personal items behind and they held on to them for me. Great people, I loved it here!
- Paris B
Patient Review By Monique R
Everyone on staff is so friendly and knowledgeable, and made my surgical experience a breeze. They are great!
- Monique R
Patient Review By Terri S
Dr hummeldorf and his staff made my oral surgery easy and painless.
- Terri S
Patient Review By kelly w
The office was so great, everyone made the process so easy. I'm very happy with everything and woukd definitely recommend coming here!
- kelly w
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Patient Review By brett d
I was nervous having my wisdom teeth removed - but Dr. Hummeldorf and staff made me comftorable and the extractions went surprisingly pain free.Thanks!
- brett d