Wisdom Teeth Removal | San Francisco

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.


For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please call our office in San Francisco, CA at West Portal Oral & Facial Surgery Center Phone Number 415-661-6006, or request an appointment online.

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.

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 Wisdom Teeth 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

West Portal Oral & Facial Surgery Center

5 out of 5 stars based on 8 Wisdom Teeth Extraction reviews.

Patient Review By Karen L

Completely satisfied with my experience with the West Portal oral surgery center. From the front desk folks, to the surgeon and support staff, my experience was excellent. They prepared me well, the procedure went quickly and smoothly, the post op instructions and meds were clear, comprehensive and effective. Very positive experience.

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Patient Review By Marra B

Dr Duncan and team are very helpful with my surgery. I was in good hands when I had my wisdom teeth extracted. I felt minimal to no pain during the surgery which helped me be at ease. Thank you!

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Patient Review By Rob K

I was very impressed with the ease of scheduling with your team. My procedure went very smooth and the recovery was quick and pain free. Highly recommended!

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Patient Review By Marcus A

I will definitely come back for any dental surgery I need. Surgery was a breeze, they thoroughly helped with after care (the dr even called me that night to check on me!) And made me so comfortable.

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Patient Review By Kelly F

Overall, the experience was not as bad as I had anticipated. Everyone treated me fantastic! I want to especially comment on the wonderful service I received from my aftercare nurse, Julie. She was helpful, professional and I could tell that she genuinely cares for her patients. It was a treat to meet her as she…

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Patient Review By Geneve B

I was in and out! The receptionist, Julie, was so welcoming. The office manager, Samantha, was very kind and met all my needs when discussing financial obligations. Dr. Scharf and his team worked so swiftly--I fell asleep and then I was done! I'm so grateful to my dentist for recommending West Portal OFSC. I'm also…

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Patient Review By Rachel S

This practice is top notch for professionalism, from the front desk, to the back with the doctors and assistants. My son had four wisdom teeth extracted during college break and following the office's instructions he healed up exactly as indicated. The doctor called us the night of the procedure to make sure his recovery was…

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Patient Review By Samantha Y

Thank you so much for the amazing care I received. It is such a relief to know the people taking care of me are the best I've ever had the pleasure of meeting.

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