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A 22-year-old female asked:

Will wisdom teeth removal help straighten crowded teeth?

5 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Kattuah
Dentistry 23 years experience
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 treatment later the results can be more predictable.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
No: No, but they will no longer be a possible problem for corrective tooth movement and stability. See the Oral Surgeon and the Orthodontist for your treatment options. Good Luck.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Definitely, No: Removing wisdom teeth will not do anything to help relieve the crowding. See an orthodontist for consultation and treatment.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Nope: Teeth tend to shift mesially, not distally.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Absolutely not: Teeth want to move forward, not back. If you have crooked teeth, see a fully qualified Orthodontist. If teeth are uneven, protrude, retrude, if you have an overbite, open bite, cross bite, see an Orthodontic Specialist. If you have a wisdom tooth problem, see an Oral Surgeon. The Orthodontist and the Oral Surgeon have years of specialty training that your GP doesn't have...seek consultations.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Will removing wisdom teeth help my crowded teeth?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
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 might suggest having your wisdom teeth removed as part of the total treatment plan. Other teeth sometimes have to be removed in order to make enough room in order to unravel the bite.
A 33-year-old member asked:

If you have crowded teeth and you get your wisdom teeth removed will your teeth straighten over time?

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Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 15 years experience
Wisdom teeth: Maybe but not necessarily. There are a lot of unknown factors here. If all the crowding is in the front, then it's unlikely that your front teeth could push all the other teeth backwards. The front teeth are smaller and the back teeth are larger. In a tug-o-war, the bigger will always win.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Are there any tips to help me prepare for wisdom teeth removal?

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Dr. Jayang Vora
Dentistry 48 years experience
Nothing to worry: depends upon how you want to remove. Either local or general. Your oral surgeon will provide all necessary precautions. Take it easy. Nothing to worry. Good luck.
A 43-year-old member asked:

When after wisdom teeth removal will i feel normal?

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Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 41 years experience
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 stress the wound site. In terms of feeling "normal, " every individual heals at a different rate, but most people feel relatively normal within 7-10 days barring any infection. Complete closure of the gum over the extraction site will take 4-6 weeks.

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