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Shifting Teeth FAQ Ask The Dentist Ara Nazarian Question:
Wisdom tooth extraction causing movement? I had my top 2 wisdom teeth removed almost a year ago.

Since then a gap has started to form between my front 2 teeth. It is getting bigger and bigger. My dentist said it is not from the wisdom teeth being removed. He said that is impossible, but it only started happening after the surgery.

I am 30 years old, had braces for 3 years when I was 14 and had nice straight teeth with no gaps till now. My dentist thinks it is from grinding at night. He now wants me to get my bottom ones removed but I am worried about more problems.

I also want to note all my wisdom teeth came in fine and never bothered me but my dentist said they would in the future. ... Visitor from IL

Answer:
Wisdom teeth can contribute to placing force on teeth to cause some crowding but this is very minimal.

In fact, lower teeth have a tendency to want to lean forward which we call mesial drift in dentistry. Having your wisdom teeth removed does not contribute to creating a space.

Whether your wisdom teeth were still in or not depending on your pre-existing condition before ortho this space could still open.

In our practice we usually take a study model evaluate the bite and see if forces of your bite are causing this or even possibly the attachment at your lip called the frenum.

A Nazarian, DDS


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