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Do Wisdom Teeth Close Gaps
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
Sorry, no: Teeth want to move forward, not back. Having wisdom teeth removed will not uncrowd your front teeth. You'll need the help of an orthodontic specialist to do that. Why not call your dentist's favorite orthodontist for an examination and a discussion of treatment options. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Unrelated: There are lots of reasons for front teeth to crowd, most of them developmental, but removing wisdom teeth is not one of them. Crowding of front teeth is often noticed about the same time that wisdom teeth require rx, but removing wisdom teeth does not cause anterior crowding. Crowding will progress unless addressed. You have to see an orthodontist, there's no way around it. Go now please. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Takes time: It depends on whether the tooth was erupted or impacted. It also depends on the size of the tooth and the patients age and healing ability. In any case, it takes time (weeks to months) for the surface of the socket to close up. Since soft tissue heals more quickly then bone it may appear healed on the surface but bony healing continues for quite some time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most do: Not all wisdom teeth do, but most need to be removed. Your dentist can tell you based on a panoramic x-ray. If they are unable to erupt fully into the mouth, they can develop cysts/tumors (just had to send someone to a surgeon this week for a large cyst to be removed from an impacted wisdom tooth). ...Read moreSee 8 more doctor answers
Gaps? Teeth clamps?: I think you need to be more specifice here. I know what gaps between teeth are but i can't begin to figure teeth clamps. We use some devices to help fill teeth when they are missing a side. And those can be viewed as clamps. And these fillings can close gaps. To get a better answer...Go see a dentist and get a live opinion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Studies say NO: This is a controversial subject in orthodontic circles. Multiple studies indicate no relation between wisdom teeth and lower incisor crowding. An exquisite study done at ohsu by kaplan et. Al. Studied 1000 patients and found no correlation. Little et al. Found that lower incisor crowding is due to overbite deepening causing lower incisor crowding with age, starting in the early 20's. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Gentle pressure: Braces simply apply a gentle pressure to the teeth. The teeth respond by slowly moving in the direction of the pressure. Typically, we can use elastics, rubberbands, or wire springs to apply the pressure. Invisalign uses clear plastic trays for the pressure. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Tooth movement: After removal of wisdom teeth, it is highly unlikely that you will develop a perfect smile without orthodontic support. Any malocclusion you have before will remain after the surgery. However you can get braces at any age. Orthodontic consults are usually complimentary. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: There is no such thing as a "cosmetic dentist". Cosmetic dentistry is not a dental specialty. Any general dentist can perform cosmetic dentistry. Many general dentist take additional courses in cosmetic dentistry but all can perform the procedures you likely need. ...Read moreSee 11 more doctor answers
WISDOM TEETH: Even if your wisdom teeth aren't causing any pain or other problems, they may cause problems at some point. The most common problems are decay, infection and crowding or damage to other teeth. Teeth next to the wisdom teeth are more prone to developing gum problems. Your orthodontist does not want you to spend all of that money and then have your teeth shift. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Sometimes: Every patient is different with skeletal and dental presentations that may warrant removal of teeth. I am of the philosophical school of orthodontics that believes that expansion of the lower teeth, if more than just mild, will end in relapse or periodontal breakdown. By careful case selection and understanding growth and harmony of the face, extractions can be very successful. ...Read moreSee 10 more doctor answers
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 to a position forward of its normal "socket". While it can be manually replaced, more often when the victim stops panicking and relaxes the chondyle slips back on its own. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Impacted wisdom tooth.How do I know if it's overcrowding my front teeth?Does crowding of teeth cause pain?Can overcrowdin be fixed by braces later?
Wisdom Teeth: It's controversial whether impacted wisdom teeth cause crowding or not. If you have pain, it's possible the wisdom teeth are the cause. Overcrowding can certainly be helped with braces, the best thing would be visit a dentist to check on the wisdom teeth and to see what the cause of pain is. They can also give their opinion of braces, it's almost always better to treat crowding earlier. ...Read more
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