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A common fear among patients when it comes to wisdom teeth extraction is that it will change the shape of their faces. And you might have the same fear, right?

This article will provide you with helpful information to determine if wisdom teeth removal can really change your face’s shape.

Yes, there can be temporary changes, but…

You may notice some changes when recovering from the wisdom teeth extraction weeks after the procedure. However, once the swelling subsides and you get back to your normal diet, your face will go back to its normal appearance.

Your wisdom teeth can be found in the back of the mouth, where the bone is dense. Removing your wisdom teeth roots will not affect this bone area. Also, the effect is not sufficient to cause a ‘hole’ in the bone.

The part of your jaw where the wisdom teeth grow is known as the ‘dental alveolus.’ This portion is separate from the basal jawbone, the part that determines your jaw’s shape. In short, removing the wisdom teeth will not impact your jawbone or face shape.

In addition, the skin and soft tissue around the wisdom teeth consist of the underlying fat, muscles, and fat pads in the face. These tissues are not affected when a wisdom tooth is removed.

The following may happen when a face is observed to be slimmer after oral surgery:

  • The patient eats less during the recovery period. In this case, weight loss becomes visible first in the face.
  • The patient’s face appears to be thinner when the swelling goes down.
  • The natural aging of the face can be mistaken as a result of wisdom tooth extraction. It is vital to know that our soft tissues around the chin and jaw shrink as we get older.

What are the benefits of wisdom tooth removal?

Improved bite

A primary consideration when doing analysis for the possible wisdom teeth removal is the patient’s bite. Usually, their bite will be affected by incoming wisdom teeth, especially if they’re impacted. With the help of wisdom teeth removal, dental professionals can help patients maintain the optimal shape of their bite.

Lowered number of cavities

A person might consider a wisdom tooth removal when the tooth already has a large cavity that may be difficult to fill. If that’s the case, wisdom tooth removal is advised. This is also to provide the patient a better way to brush the surrounding teeth to limit or prevent the occurrence of cavities in the future.

Enhanced denture use

Denture use is an important consideration for wisdom tooth removal when it comes to older patients. Some patients are having difficulty with their dentures when eating and speaking. Removing the wisdom tooth will let the patient effortlessly slip the dentures in and out its place.


Wisdom tooth removal is a procedure that is safe and beneficial to patients. It can provide several advantages in promoting overall dental health, including improved overall bite, enhanced denture use, and lowered number of cavities. It does not change your face’s shape, so don’t be afraid of having your wisdom tooth extracted.

If you’re searching for a reliable service for wisdom teeth removal in Waterford, we are the best place to visit. We provide several dental services such as cosmetic dentistry, preventive dentistry, oral surgery, and more. Get in touch with us today!

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