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Do they damage your jaw to remove wisdom teeth?

I am a 21 year old male. I want to know if they damage your jaw to remove wisdom teeth?

8 Answers

No, they don't, and it depends on how experienced your dentist is and the position of your wisdoms, too.
Sometimes they have to remove bone around the tooth to removed the tooth. That’s a routine provide and it usually does not cause problems not damage your jaw. There are possibly complications though which your dentist should discuss with you while discussing finding of the X-ray they take to see the location of the wisdom teeth like position of your tooth in regards to closeness to the nerve but they are rare. Usually if you are healthy it is a routine procedure and healing is quick and easy.
No, your jaw should not be damaged when your wisdom teeth are removed. Sometimes a portion of bone needs to be removed in order to remove the wisdom teeth, but this does not cause any long-term problems.

David M. Garazi, DMD
No. Oral Surgeons are among the most talented medical specialists out there. They are trained to do these very difficult procedures, quickly with excellent outcomes.
If the teeth are normally erupted, normal procedures are used to extract a tooth. For an impacted tooth, the tooth needs to be exposed with an incision and oftentimes removal of any bone over the tooth. With time, all this heals. If you have clicking or popping of either of your jaw joints, inform the surgeon. It is possible to place strain on joints that are already weakened. Most such joints have discomfort for a while, but recover. Some will suffer long-term effects.
That depends on where the wisdom tooth is located. Some bone may need to be removed to get to an impacted tooth, but the bone will grow back and there is no long term damage that will occur.

That depends on your definition of damage. Usually on the lower ones, they have to cut the gums open and take the tooth out in sections to get the right angle. Sometimes they have to remove a little bit of bone around the tooth because it is covering the tooth a little. The upper wisdom teeth are usually much easier to handle without this stuff though. There is rarely accidental damage.
Hope this helps.

My best to you!

William F. Scott IV, DMD