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Impacted Wisdom Teeth

When wisdom teeth get trapped under the gums they can inflict pain, and damage your other teeth.

Not only do impacted wisdom teeth cause serious complications, but they often require advanced techniques to remove safely.

Our board-certified oral surgeon at Hopkin Oral Surgery in Salt Lake City, UT, has the advanced training needed for these situations...

What Does "Impacted Wisdom Tooth" Actually Mean?

Wisdom teeth typically emerge when patients are in their late teens or early twenties. In many cases, the third molars fail to erupt and become trapped. If the tooth partially emerges, it is said to be partially impacted. When the third molar cannot emerge at all, it is said to be fully impacted.

Different Ways a Tooth Can become Impacted

Different Ways a Tooth Can become Impacted
Each type of impaction can have severe implications on the health and appearance of your smile.

Extraction Can Protect Your Oral Health

If impacted wisdom teeth are compromising your or your child's oral health, Dr. Dustin J. Hopkin may recommend tooth extraction at our Salt Lake City practice.

Dr. Hopkin is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, meaning he has the necessary training and experience to handle even the most complex cases. He employs advanced technology, such as 3D imaging, which allows for more sophisticated insight than traditional x-rays. He is also experienced with dental sedation, so patients have nothing to fear during wisdom tooth surgery.

Extractions are typically covered by insurance, but our office also accepts CareCredit® financing and in-house payment plans. To schedule your or your child's examination, contact our Salt Lake City, UT, office online or give us a call.

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Honestly this place was amazing! I went in for my wisdom teeth. They got me in, made sure I fully understood everything. Scheduled the appointment, put me out and the procedure only took 15 minutes. They helped me out to my car with my fiancé. Little to no pain the following days. No bruising. And very very minor swelling you couldn't even tell. Very thankful I chose Hopkin Oral Surgery.

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Dr Hopkin is an awesome oral surgeon, and his staff are so friendly and caring .  I highly recommend this office for wisdom tooth extraction and implants.

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What Happens If I Put Treatment Off? Possible Complications

Left untreated, wisdom teeth have the potential to cause a wide range of dental problems. A few of these may include:


Many young patients are surprised to learn that wisdom teeth can cause teeth crowding. If your child recently underwent orthodontic treatment, the cosmetic benefits are at risk of being undone if there is not adequate room for their third molars to emerge.

Tooth Damage

As a wisdom tooth tries to erupt, it may push against the neighboring second molar. This pressure has the potential to cause root resorption of the adjacent molars, increasing the risk of additional tooth loss. 


A partially impacted wisdom tooth is at a higher risk for tooth decay and cavities. Wisdom teeth are harder to clean, so food and bacteria can more easily become trapped in the gums surrounding these teeth.

Periodontal Infections

Partially impacted third molars place the patient at a higher risk for developing gum disease.


A small sack filled with fluid, called a cyst, can form around an impacted wisdom tooth and damage the jawbone, other teeth, and nerves.

Dustin J. Hopkin, DDS

Hopkin Oral Surgery Dustin J. Hopkin, DDS

Dr. Dustin J. Hopkin is a highly trained oral surgeon in Salt Lake City, UT. He is proud to be board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. At Hopkin Oral Surgery, Dr. Hopkin and his team provide excellent care with state-of-the-art technology and advanced treatment methods. Our most popular services include:

You can request a consultation with Dr. Hopkin by filling out our online form or calling (801) 277-3942.

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