Will My Face Look Different After My Wisdom Teeth Removal?

June 12, 2023

Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars and they typically erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. The problem with this set of teeth is that often there isn't enough room in the mouth for them to grow properly and most dentists recommend extraction

Although standard procedures, patients have a lot of questions about wisdom teeth extractions, one of the most common ones being if removal will affect their facial features. 

Here's what you need to know.

The Benefits of Removing Wisdom Teeth 

Wisdom teeth used to play an important role a long time ago, but since our diet has changed dramatically over the past thousands of years, we don't need this third set of molars anymore. Our bodies are getting the memo and about a third of people are born without wisdom teeth. 

Those who do get them, often find that there isn't enough room in the mouth for these teeth, and that can cause several problems. So, by removing wisdom teeth you can: 

  • Prevent Overcrowding: When wisdom teeth start to erupt, they may push on other teeth, causing them to shift. Removing wisdom teeth can help maintain your oral health and keep your teeth in their correct positions.
  • Prevent Tooth Decay: Because of their location, wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean properly, making them more likely to develop decay. Removal can prevent dental health issues.
  • Prevent Pain and Discomfort: Wisdom teeth can cause quite a lot of pain and discomfort, especially if they're impacted (they're not able to fully emerge.) Removing them can help you prevent all this trouble. 

But, Will Wisdom Tooth Removal Change My Facial Features? 

No, wisdom teeth removal will not alter your facial features in the long run. These teeth are located in the back of your mouth, and removing them will not cause any visible changes in the structure or appearance of your face.

However, you may notice some minor changes immediately after the extraction. These are only temporary and occur due to the swelling and inflammation that are common after tooth removal. 

So, if you notice any puffiness or slight distortion in the jaw or cheek area, know that these effects usually subside within a week or two.

Rarely, if the surgery causes severe or prolonged swelling, or if there are complications such as infection or nerve damage, there could potentially be longer-lasting changes, but these are not common outcomes. 

Wisdom Teeth Removal in Fresno, CA

Are your wisdom teeth bothering you? Are you worried that they may affect your oral health after they erupt? Come to Bauer Dental Company for a consultation with Dr. Christopher Bauer. He will determine if your wisdom teeth need to be removed and provide excellent dental care. 

Get in touch with us online to book your appointment. 

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