Impacted Wisdom Teeth San Diego & Coronado CA

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

San Diego 619-282-7088 Coronado 619-435-3184Third 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.

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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.

Side-by-side images of a mouth X-ray showing impacted teeth and a 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

Kurt Hummeldorf, DMD-PC

5 out of 5 stars based on 35 Wisdom Teeth Removal reviews.

Patient Review By Ashley V

I was referred by my dentist for a wisdom teeth removal. My consultation meeting went super well! Everybody was very friendly. Information and questions were all provided and answered during that time. Booking The surgery was easy as well. Dr Hummeldorf made everything clear and comfortable as for me as I was very nervous to be under anesthesia for the first time. My actual Surgery went well and again the staff as well as the doctor made me feel at ease. I had minimal pain during recovery and it It was nice to know that the doctor was available at any time if needed. Overall my experience was better than I could’ve ever imagined and hoped for! I would highly recommend anybody to be seen by them!

- Ashley V

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Patient Review By Steve D

Dr. Hummeldorf is one of the finest Doctors I know, he & his dictated caring staff make you feel at ease along with no waiting past your appointment time is something you don't find these days. I highly recommend and will return to his office for future dental needs. Thank you Dr. Kurt Hummeldorf.

- Steve D

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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.

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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

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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

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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!!

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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!

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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!

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Patient Review By derek y

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Patient Review By Paris B

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Patient Review By Monique R

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Patient Review By Terri S

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Patient Review By kelly w

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