Impacted Wisdom Teeth

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.

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.

Impacted Wisdom Tooth Gilbert AZ

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.
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Paul Kelly Maxillofacial

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Dr K is a very fun doctor. He made me feel welcome and important to him. This is the place for your oral surgery needs!

- Jack K

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I honestly thought that getting my wisdom teeth out was going to be this huge ordeal, but honestly, it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought. I healed up pretty quickly and I started feeling like myself. The stitches stayed shut once they were sewn and I didn't have any issues with any of them reopening. As far as getting my wisdom teeth out, it was a breeze.

- Mary M

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I am so grateful to Dr. Paul Kelly and his staff for taking care of both of my son's Steven and Zach with exceptional care during their wisdom teeth extractions. He and his entire staff went above and beyond before and after surgery with both of my children. There surgeries were over a year apart July 2015 and this past December 30 2016 and he still remembered us. His care was so exceptional that I brag about how neither of my children had to take any pain medications or had any post surgical complications....not even any common ones. This Surgeon and team Rocks! I have been and will continue to recommend him.

- Rachelle S

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great experience

- Porter H

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I had an amazing experience at Paul Kelly's. Surgery always makes me very nervous, but the staff and oral surgeon were very comforting and helped me relax. They were always quick to get me in for my appointments and were always super friendly. I would highly reccomend them to anyone!

- Rachel H

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Great Experience overall

- Trinese F

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Best staff ever! Was so nervous before getting my wisdom teeth removed but I should've never stressed at all. It was painless and the staff made me feel welcomed and comfortable they were very patient and answered all my questions! I definitely will refer all my friends and family here. Dr Kelly and his staff were amazing and coming from someone who was really nervous it isn't worth it, you're in great hands and everything will be great I promise.

- Assef H

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I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed under IV sedation and was very nervous prior to the procedure. But after going through the procedure at this office I should never have been that worried. The whole process was absolutely painless, going to sleep is nothing to worry about, and the staff is very friendly and make you feel so comfortable. I would go back and refer my friends and family here. Thank you so much!

- Mathew T

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Hi all! What started off as a stressful situation turned out to be a great success. Honestly, all due to Dr. Kelly. I am not a fan of dental work at all, after having braces in high school I thought I was done. Fast forward to me being almost 30 and still having all my wisdom teeth! I had major pain and was referred to Dr. Kelly to have all 4 removed last minute..2hrs before type of last minute. Dr. Kelly and his staff cared for me so graciously even though I acted as a child LOL They talked me thru my concerns with being awake during the procedure (he tried to convince me to be put to sleep lol nope), the room was extremely relaxing. Actually, as soon as you walk into the office it's a very welcoming and relaxing feel. Anywho, I was comfortable. Anyone who knows me knows I'm a frantic individual. Something I thought would take an hour, took 10mins. He was gentle and joked with me throughout. He's great at what he does, and his staff are great compliments. Thanks all.

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The whole office staff was friendly and took wonderful care of my daughter.

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- Angelica M

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Dr. Kelly and his staff made me feel comfortable from the moment I walked in. I was really nervous to have my wisdom teeth removed and Dr. Kelly put all my nerves at ease. He walked me through all the steps and made sure I was comfortable at every stage. I would recommend him to anyone. Thank you Dr. Kelly and staff!

- Shannon D

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The staff seemed to have great knowledge in all of the procedures and were very professional and helping at the same time. Also, my mom and I were very pleased by the design and ambience of the office.

- Melvin A

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I can't say enough wonderful things about Dr. Kelly! He is as efficient and he is kind. Both my kids had their wisdom teeth removed by him and the whole process from start to finish was seamless. The office is beautiful, the staff attentive...I would highly recommend Dr. Kelly.

- Jennifer N

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Dr Kelly is incredible. He placed my wife's implants several years ago and removed my daughter's wisdom teeth last week. We couldn't be happier with our overall experiences.

- John L

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I've never had a procedure before so i was pretty nervous going into it, but Dr.kelly and his staff made this go bye so quick and easy. I would recommend Dr.kelly to anyone because I know he is great and will do anything that it takes to make sure that you are ready to get back to normal life as soon as possible.

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I would recommend this office to everyone. The doctor and staff were great and took wonderful care of me and made the process as easy as possible.

- Savannah K

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My son had his impacted wisdom teeth removed and we were impressed with the ease, the care and the follow up we received. We have already referred two friends that have also had nothing but great things to say as well! Thank you Dr. Kelly!

- Sarah P

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I have 6 children and 5 of them have been treated by Dr. Kelly. Whether it was extracting wisdom teeth, or repairing a major face injury, Dr. Kelly was quick to see us and we had amazing results! He listened carefully to all my concerns and was very detailed and precise in his work. I couldn't be more happy with our experiences with him.

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