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 the mouth, behind the 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.

A diagram half mouth X-ray with teeth impaction and half digital graphic highlighting impacted teeth

Types Of Impactions

We may elect to see a patient for a consultation to determine if they will benefit from wisdom tooth removal. A special x-ray, called a panorex,  of the mouth and jaws  may need to be taken to determine if the 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.
An representation of a tooth impacted by soft tissueSoft Tissue
An example of a tooth with a partial bony impactionPartial Bony
An illustration of a tooth completely impacted by boneComplete Bony

Face & Jaw Surgery Center

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- Kris P

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My doctor and his staff were very comforting! They explained thoroughly what they were going to be doing throughout the whole process, which helped put me at ease.

- Brenna S

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Was a great visit and went better than expected.

- Casandra K

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Friendly environment, comforting,

- Rachel W

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The staff was so nice and friendly. They answered all my questions thoroughly. This has been my second surgical procedure with Face & Jaw, and if I need any more in the future, I would not hesitate to go back. Thank you for making a not so nice procedure into a very pleasant one.

- Lisa B

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We were very pleased with the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. The nurses where very thorough in explaining the procedure and each step along the way to my daughter before she had her wisdom teeth removed. Dr. Chahal came highly recommended, was very professional, and did a great job with her surgery. Recovery information was explained well and patient follow-up was appreciated. I would definitely recommend Face & Jaw Surgery Center to anyone in need of their specialty.

- Stacey C

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Overall, it was a great experience and I would definitely recommend going here for any wisdom teeth surgeries!

- Jadyn F

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They were very calm and helped me better understand what was going to happen. They were all very friendly and it was nice to see some familiar faces there.

- Ryan T

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Very professional, and listened to my concerns. Both staff and Doctor made me feel less anxious, and did everything to make my visit a comfortable one.

- Deborah D

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I was incredibly nervous about having my wisdom teeth removed, but in the end that was unwarranted due to Dr. Glosenger and his amazing staff. I was immediately put at ease by Dr. Glosenger when he came into the room for the pre surgery consultation. I was shocked at how quickly it was all over, and the lack of pain following the procedure, Dr. Glosenger has very talented hands that left me happy, pain free, and led me to a very quick recovery. I also loved that I was able to purchase my prescribed medications directly from the practice instead of having to wait on a pharmacy post op. That was a major convenience! Overall I would recommend Dr. Glosenger to anyone in the Minot area needing Oral Surgery, there is no one else who I would allow to do work on my mouth in town, so I wouldn't send anyone to anyone else other than him!

- Matt P

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I was very pleased with my visit and will recommend them in the future.

- Kyle K

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I would like to thank everyone for their kindness. I would also like to thank Kaycee Dr. Preisler assistant, Kaycee was very understanding and explained all details to me very well. Good job 🙂 The business is very professional and very lean with their processes. Good job 🙂

- Donna B R

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I wasn't given sutures, which would have been fine had I been given a syringe to clean out my sockets. Being as a don't, I have to constantly pick out food after eating. Disappointed.

- Michael P

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I went in for a back molar extraction, I had no idea the level of difficulty it was going to be. Dr. Preisler was referred by my dentist and rightfully so, he is good at what he does! however after following all rules and all, I began having an infection a few days later. They didn't ask to see me when I told them I had puss coming out, they ordered antibacterial mouth rinse. The next day my extraction site was turning colors and puss was still coming out, I called at 3:47 on a Friday and it transferred me to the emergency line, 20 minutes later Dr. Crago called me back and yelled at me for not calling during business hours. I apologized for not knowing. I had to repeat my story multiple times to Dr. Crago. He asked if I was running a fever due to the puss coming out, I stated no. He kept asking as if I was lying. And stated if it was during normal hours I would have to go in. - What's the point of the emergency doctor? A prescription was called in. We will see if that helps!!

- Sondra B

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Place was great. The people were even better. The wait was small and they worry about the customers safety which is awesome.

- Remy W

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Assistant used excellent technique. I had complete faith in this oral surgeon. They were friendly and I appreciated their relaxed way of communicating and reassuring me.

- Claire M

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I went in with complications from a wisdom tooth extraction done at another clinic in another city. I was treated for my excessive bleeding the same day and my services were done free of charge as a courtesy to me and my situation ( I had been dealing with excessive bleeding for a couple of days and it was over the weekend when nothing was open). Dr. Chahal was an expert! He performed a procedure to clot my blood vessel and I've not had any issues since that visit.

- Joshua L

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My overall experience was terrific! I had no issues at all from start to finish. I highly recommend face and jaw to anyone that is needing dental work. The doctor that I had did such a wonderful job. No one could even tell that I had 4 impacted wisdom teeth removed. I had very little noticeable swelling and am healing up nicely. I thank the staff and doctor for there outstanding work!

- Natasha Z

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