Impacted Wisdom Teeth
What Are Wisdom Teeth? Mansfield TX
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.
For more information about wisdom teeth, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sheppard, please use our Contact Us form or call our office: Mansfield Office Phone Number 817-477-0922. You can also read patient testimonials below and patient reviews on our Google listing.
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.
Examples of Impacted Wisdom 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.
Patient Reviews: Wisdom Teeth
Please visit the Patient Review Form page to leave a review about your dental implant experience with this practice. Call our office if you would like more information: Mansfield Office Phone Number 817-477-0922.
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Patient Review by Sharla H
Was one of the most pleasant Dr.'s visits me & my sons have ever experienced!! Staff was very sweet, helpful, & informative!! Will for sure recommend!
- Sharla H
Patient Review by Kathy G
Dr. Sheppard and his staff are so knowledgeable, professional and extremely nice. Now, he has performed oral surgery on two of my children. Highly recommend him.
- Kathy G
Patient Review by Keyona T
Very nice experience!
- Keyona T
Patient Review by Derrick H
Overall my experience with this office was outstanding. I have referred several of my co-workers as well as my family and they have all been impressed with the professionalism and care they received from Dr. Sheppard and staff........
- Derrick H
Patient Review by David K
Had a wisdom tooth removed. It was over before I even knew they started. Very happy with staff and procedure. Highly recommended
- David K
Patient Review by Dylan B
Very fun crew, the procedure was easy and minimal pain for tooth extraction, I would definitely go here again!
- Dylan B
Patient Review by Robert V
Staff was very polite and professional. Couldn't have asked for a better experience taking in to consideration the reason for my visit. Lol
- Robert V
Patient Review by Andrew S
I had 3 wisdom teeth out this morning. I opted for local anesthetic, due to heart issues. I had been worried leading up to the procedure that it would be painful, or uncomfortable, I can honestly say it was one of the most pleasant procedures I've ever had! Doctor Shepherd was very fast and the whole experience was painless. I truly couldn't be more impressed. Thank you guys!
- Andrew S
Patient Review by Michelle S
Great doctors and staff! Thank you!
- Michelle S