Many dental patients that have had their wisdom teeth removed wonder if their wisdom teeth will grow back.
Once wisdom teeth are removed, they are gone for good. Wisdom teeth are adult teeth that begin to grow in later than most of your other adult teeth. Wisdom teeth are not like other teeth that you lose and are eventually replaced by adult teeth.
Can Wisdom Teeth Grow Back Years Later?
Once your wisdom teeth are extracted, they will never grow back. If you have your wisdom teeth removed in your early years, there is no chance that they will come back in your 30s, 40s, 50s, or beyond.
If you have had wisdom teeth surgery, you will never have to go through the experience ever again.
Do Wisdom Teeth Grow Forever?
Wisdom teeth do not grow forever. These teeth are the last set of molars to grow in the mouth and are not preceded by any baby teeth. Wisdom teeth will grow until they are the same size as all your other molars, then they will stop growing.
So if these teeth eventually stop growing, why is it that many people need to have their wisdom teeth removed via oral surgery?
Why Do People Get Their Wisdom Teeth Removed?
There are several reasons why people have their wisdom teeth removed. One common reason is because there is not enough room in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to come in properly. When this happens, they can crowd other teeth and cause problems with your bite. Additionally, wisdom teeth that come in can be difficult to clean, which can lead to decay and gum disease.
Another reason people have their wisdom teeth removed is because they are impacted. This means that the tooth is growing in at an angle and is not able to come through the gums properly. Impacted teeth can cause pain, crowding, and damage to other teeth. They are also more likely to get infected.
Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure that is typically performed by an oral surgeon. The surgery is typically done under local anesthesia or sedation. The recovery time is usually short, and most people experience only minor discomfort after the procedure.
How Does Wisdom Teeth Extraction Work?
When your wisdom teeth are removed, the underlying bone is also removed. This is why it is impossible for your wisdom teeth to grow back. However, you may experience some growth of tissue in the empty socket where your tooth was previously located. This is a normal part of the healing process and will eventually go away.
Contact Lane if You Have Not Had Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
If you have not had your wisdom teeth removed yet, you should visit a dentist to see if the procedure is necessary for you. Not having your wisdom teeth removed can cause you pain and affect your oral health in some cases.
If you are located in North Carolina, contact Lane and Associates Family Dentistry to speak with a professional about having your wisdom teeth removed. You can see all of our office locations on our website to visit the one closest to you.