Do Your Teeth Shift After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Dr. Ioppolo extracts wisdom teeth to prevent dental issues and alleviate pain caused by these third molars. Many people who have wisdom teeth extracted are concerned that the alignment of their other teeth will change. However, having wisdom teeth removed does not change the alignment of your other teeth. These molars are extracted because there is not enough room for them in the mouth, which can lead to numerous oral health problems. By removing them, more space is created in the mouth for your other teeth.

Wisdom teeth can push against adjacent molars as they try to squeeze in. Once they are removed, the molars may move slightly because there is no longer pressure exerted on them by wisdom teeth. Although they may move slightly, your teeth will not drastically shift to the point where they create gaps or misalignment throughout your smile.

Bite Changes After Wisdom Teeth Removal

The presence of wisdom teeth can cause misalignment of the jaw and/or other teeth, which can result in bite problems. Once the wisdom teeth are removed, your teeth are relieved of pressure and your bite force becomes more evenly spread across your teeth. This leads people to believe that their teeth have become misaligned, but this sensation is actually caused by the bite returning to normal.

If you notice a difference in how your bite or jaw fits together after wisdom teeth removal, this is normal and not a sign that your teeth have become misaligned.

Recovery After Wisdom Teeth Removal

Having wisdom teeth extracted is a surgical procedure that requires time for your body to heal. Allow your mouth to have some recovery time and follow the instructions provided by your oral surgeon closely. Taking time to recover will give your teeth time to adjust after being relieved of the pressure caused by wisdom teeth.

Swelling and some discomfort can be expected following wisdom teeth removal, which may make it feel as though teeth have shifted. However, the swelling will subside in a few days and your bite will return to normal.

You can reduce swelling by applying an ice pack to the side of your face for 10 minutes, then transferring it to the opposite side for another 10 minutes. Use ice packs for the first 24 and be careful not to freeze the skin. Ice packs are only useful for the first 24 hours after surgery. We also recommend keeping your head elevated on two pillows for 3–4 days.

Taking these steps during your recovery may not eliminate swelling, but it will help to reduce its severity. If you have any questions about your recovery, contact Hill & Ioppolo Oral & Dental Implant Surgery of Lubbock and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.