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Is It Normal for Wisdom Teeth to Come in Crooked?

You’ve been keeping track of those pesky third molars for months.

Maybe it’s too soon to tell, but it looks like those wisdom teeth are peeking through the gums at a tilt.

Is it unusual for these teeth to come in unevenly? If they do, will that mean they have to be pulled?

Wisdom Teeth Eruption Pattern

Wisdom teeth are not part of everybody’s smile. Some people only get one or two, others get all four, and a lucky few have none, at all.

A dentist can detect wisdom teeth on x-rays taken in mid-childhood. But the teeth won’t make an appearance in your mouth until around 17-21 years of age.

No one knows for sure exactly why so many wisdom teeth erupt at odd angles. It seems that it may have something genetically to do with jaw size, since some people’s jaws allow enough space for third molars to fully come in while others do not.

Dangers of Wisdom Teeth

Crooked wisdom teeth are prone to developing tooth decay and gum disease. This is because their awkward positioning makes it hard to keep them clean.

The danger doesn’t stop there, however.

Wisdom teeth that don’t have enough space to erupt in a straight line jeopardize other teeth in the mouth. They can put pressure on them and cause alignment issues. A crooked wisdom tooth below the gum line can even damage other tooth roots.

Should You Extract Your Third Molars?

Most dentists agree that it’s simpler to be proactive and extract misaligned wisdom teeth before they have the chance to cause trouble.

Find out where your third molars are at (if you have them) by scheduling a consultation with your dentist or oral surgeon.

Posted on behalf of:
Stafford Oral Surgery & Specialists
481 Garrisonville Rd. Suite 103
Stafford, VA 22554
(540) 322-1808


Will I Need to Have Teeth Removed to Get Braces?

A lot of folks are afraid that being told they need braces means having teeth extracted. It’s true that some people need to have teeth removed, but this isn’t true in every case. It’s actually becoming far less common.

In fact, having extractions can cause the treatment process to drag out just a little longer. For this reason, orthodontists aren’t quick to recommend having teeth removed. If it is advised, that’s because it’s essential to the success of your treatment and creating room for other teeth.

Most Common Reasons to Remove Teeth Before Braces

Here are a few reasons why an extraction may be necessary:

  • Wisdom teeth, if present, which usually wind up impacted
  • Extra teeth/retained baby teeth
  • Tooth crowding
  • Jaw alignment issues (alternative to surgery)

It’s very possible for your mouth to be too small for all those teeth. In some cases, the arch of your mouth can be adjusted with expanders and other devices. But if your mouth is limited for how far it can be expanded, then the only logical option is to limit how many teeth are vying for a spot!

Braces move teeth through bone. But too many teeth in a small area aren’t going anywhere. Removing a couple teeth (usually premolars/bicuspids) could free up a lot of necessary space in your mouth.

Braces Are Worth It!

Braces, whether for cosmetic or health reasons, are a worthwhile investment. If you’re going to commit to treatment, you need to go all the way and follow the professional advice. This will ensure that you get the best results.

Ask your dentist for recommendations and a full explanation of the suggested treatment.

Posted on behalf of:
Bayshore Dental Center
810 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd #2900
Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 330-2006

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