There is a common perception that as your wisdom teeth come through, they will push all the other teeth forward if there isn’t space and this will cause crowding or bunching up of the front teeth. We often get the complaint, 'I think my wisdom teeth are causing my other teeth to move because they aren’t straight anymore!'
It is particularly your bottom front teeth that are a problem here. Now, there is actually very little evidence to suggest that wisdom teeth do this and logically the thought of one tooth having the strength to push the roots of the seven teeth in front through solid jaw bone is quite a task wouldn’t you say. That’s not to say your teeth haven’t moved, just that your wisdom tooth probably isn’t the cause. The only way to ensure this doesn’t happen is with orthodontic retention- having a little metal band fixed behind your teeth, or by wearing a removable clear plastic retainer at night.
People associate the word wisdom teeth with lots of PAIN, and then an awful extraction followed by lots more PAIN. So the slightest squeak out of them (the wisdom teeth that is) and it’s a rush to the dentist to get them checked. Yes, unfortunately on occasions, if you get really unlucky this may be how it pans out… but the horror stories you hear, are in reality quite rare. Of course it is going to be a bit sore afterwards, you are having a tooth removed and not all that many people like going to the dentist anyway. I am just saying that like root canals
(and many other things) the reality often isn't as bad as you think.
Your friends don’t really want to hear that you had your wisdom teeth taken out and it was fine… they want a face book post like,'OMG- just had my wisdom teeth out, I look like a hamster and want to die!'. That's bound to get a bit more interest don't you think?
The sooner you get them checked though, the sooner you will know what’s going on with your wisdom teeth. Once they are gone (extracted), they are gone, and they won't be coming back, so if it’s necessary and the benefits outweigh the risks, bite the bullet, stop putting it off and worrying and get it all over and done with.