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do teeth shift after wisdom teeth removal

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Post op instructions: Your oral surgeon will give you a list of dos and don'ts for you to follow.

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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Koos
20 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
A good "rule" to : Follow for the first week - anything that you can very easily separate with a fork only, you can eat. This opens the door to a variety of breakfast, ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Montgomery
40 years experience Dentistry
Varies by individual: It is recommended that heavy physical activity should not be done for 48-72 hours after removal of wisdom teeth to protect the blood clot and not stre ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Quon
41 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Start slowly: Nutrition is important for wound healing after surgery. Start with a soft diet and drink plenty of fluids. You can advance your diet and types of fo ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
38 years experience Dentistry
They can: Despite the rumors there is plenty of evidence indicating that the wisdom teeth play very little role in moving teeth. So if teeth move it is from so ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Thaler
40 years experience Prosthodontics
Not usually: They will usually assume a position based on the opposing teeth in the opposite arch. If they were trying to go there and the wisdom teeth prevented i ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Usually no: Teeth do not usually drift distally, the tend to drift mesially, away from your wisdom teeth.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Yash
45 years experience Dentistry
With caution: You can brush normally after extractions except for the surgical sites. Brushing may traumatize the tissue, cause bleeding and delay healing. Be gentl ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Possibly: Discuss this with your dentist.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
43 years experience Endodontics
Not related: It's a myth that wisdom teeth cause tooth crowding anteriorly. And after extraction, certainly not. Rather, with time, teeth push forward in the jaws ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Kam
Dr. David Kam answered
35 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
No: The most common cause of crowding is due to premature lost of posterior baby teeth. See an orthodontist for treatment.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Kattuah
22 years experience Dentistry
No: Removing wisdom teeth alone will not allow your teeth to straighten out on their own. However, if you have them removed then have orthodontic treatmen ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
38 years experience Dentistry
Normal: That is not unusual. It should go away with time and if not, have your dentist take a look and see to make sure there are no problems.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
No: In almost most cases, removing wisdom teeth will not un-crowd your existing teeth in any way or to any significant extent. However, the orthodontist ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Cohen
41 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Maybe: It may but usually not that much. Usually the pain is easily managed with a prescription pain medication but some patients find tylenol (acetaminophe ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Inflammation?: How long ago were your wisdom teeth removed? Where is the inflammation? Are you in any pain? Is the inflammation getting better, worse or staying the ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
It varies widely!: Sometimes we see shifting in a matter of weeks or months, while other times it takes years. Every circumstance is different and we can't always predic ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
49 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Not a problem: The healing takes place from the inside out. The gum will heal after the inside allows it to do so – this usually takes 1-2 months. This is not a pr ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Probably: Over time. Most missing teeth should be replaced. See your dentist for an e-valuation and discussion of treatment options.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
44 years experience Dentistry
What is ..: "lockjaw" why do you think it is associated with extraction of wisdom teeth? When i think of lock jaw, the the chondyle of the jaw has moved anterior ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
49 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Teeth do move: After the pressure from the wisdom teeth are gone, the other teeth may move some. Generally they settle into a new workable position within a couple ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
The opposite is true: flossing your teeth after a meal can help to prevent gum disease and teeth to shift.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
50 years experience Dentistry
Front teeth: I'm not sure how pain in your lower front teeth are related to the extraction of your wisdom teeth. It's possible you have decay or gum disease. You ... Read More
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