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Wisdom Teeth Removal to Prevent Crowding?

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Posted by: Steve321  (8 years ago)
Hi everyone!

I am concerned that my top wisdom teeth coming in are crowding my front teeth. There is only a very slight overlap at the moment but am afraid this may get worse with time.

I have attached two images; the first are x-rays taken from 2008 and the second from a couple days ago in 2012.

My wisdom teeth are giving me ZERO pain and this is just a concern for crowding. Could someone give some insight, from the x-rays, as to whether or not my top teeth are crowding together?

And finally, if I were to wait until the top wisdom teeth were to fully grow in what would be the consequences as far as crowding and what actiosn could I take in the future to correct this?

Thank you so much for your time.

Steve
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It's a common misconception that wisdom teeth can cause overlapping of the front teeth.

But it's just not true.

If you think about it, to cause crowding at the front, one wisdom tooth (which usually has the smallest roots of any molar) would have to push two big molars, each with THREE roots, plus two bicuspids (premolars), plus the "eye" teeth (canine teeth) which have very long roots. It just doesn't happen that way. All those teeth just sit where they want to sit, and the wisdom tooth has to grow where it can to fit in. If it's at an angle, growing into the others, it doesn't push them all forwards. It just gets "impacted".

Having said that, it IS possible for front teeth to drift slightly as the years go past. There are 2 main reasons for this; first, all teeth tend to drift forwards. It's an evolutionary thing. If you ever get a tooth pulled halfway along the row of teeth, the ones in front of the resulting space rarely drift backwards into the space. Nearly always, the teeth at the back behind the space tend to drift or tilt forwards. The second reason for teeth drifting is gum disease. You can't feel it, and may not notice any other problems, but a dentist can detect it. This usually only happens when you're over 40 years of age, although there are always exceptions!

Richard from www.dental-health-advice.com
Posted 8 years ago
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Dentist
Hi everyone!

I am concerned that my top wisdom teeth coming in are crowding my front teeth. There is only a very slight overlap at the moment but am afraid this may get worse with time.

I have attached two images; the first are x-rays taken from 2008 and the second from a couple days ago in 2012.

My wisdom teeth are giving me ZERO pain and this is just a concern for crowding. Could someone give some insight, from the x-rays, as to whether or not my top teeth are crowding together?

And finally, if I were to wait until the top wisdom teeth were to fully grow in what would be the consequences as far as crowding and what actiosn could I take in the future to correct this?

Thank you so much for your time.

Steve


The rooster crows in the morning, and the sun comes up. Therefore the rooster makes the sun come up.

Two things happen about the same time. The wisdom teeth erupt. And in many individuals, more males than females, the lower jaw undergoes a final forward growth spurt. You can see the wisdom teeth erupting, but you cannot see the jaw growing.

Guess what? It is the lower jaw growth that contributes to the incisor crowding, not the wisdom teeth.
Posted 8 years ago
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