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Wisdom tooth extraction is a common dental procedure, with around 10 million performed yearly. While wisdom teeth are not necessarily essential, they might create future dental problems, prompting many people to choose to have them removed.

If you’re scheduled to have your wisdom tooth out or have just undergone the procedure, you may be wondering if your wisdom tooth can regrow after being pulled out. Read this blog to find out!

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Normally, individuals have four wisdom teeth located at the back of the mouth–one at each corner. They usually emerge in the last teens or early 20s but can remain impacted or only partially erupt, which can lead to painful crowding issues with adjacent teeth.

Why are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Your dentist would most likely suggest removing your wisdom teeth if you have:

  • Infection.
  • Pain.
  • Tooth decay.
  • Cyst.
  • Gum disease.
  • Tumor(s).
  • Potential damage to adjacent teeth.

Your dentist might also recommend removing your wisdom tooth as part of orthodontic treatment, such as aligning your teeth with braces. They may also suggest removing impacted wisdom teeth, even if they’re symptom-free, to prevent potential dental issues.

Can Wisdom Teeth Grow Back After Being Removed?

There is one kind of disorder called hyperdontia, in which more (supernumerary) teeth develop in the mouth than the typical 32. The majority are usually found behind the front teeth, in line with or close to the molars. The additional teeth may resemble normal teeth or be deformed in some way.

However, hyperdontia is not a very common disorder. A survey of over 7,000 people found that around 2% of people had extra teeth. It is thought to be genetic. So, if you won the hyperdontia jackpot, the extra tooth you discovered is most likely a supernumerary tooth that appeared after your wisdom teeth were pulled.

What Do I Do with My Supernumerary Tooth?

What one can do with their supernumerary teeth depends on how the tooth behaves. While it may sit peacefully among your molars, it can also wreak havoc like wisdom teeth. It might displace neighboring teeth, cause pain or infection, or disrupt proper dental development, posing a threat to your overall health.

Your dentist will assess its shape, position, and surrounding area to come up with a treatment plan. If the tooth doesn’t interfere with your dental health, no treatment may be necessary. However, if it causes issues, hyperdontia surgery may be recommended.

To Sum It Up!

Once your wisdom teeth are surgically removed, they won’t regrow. However, some people may have more than four wisdom teeth, known as supernumerary teeth. These additions can appear anywhere in the mouth and are not usually wisdom teeth.

If you’re interested in learning more about wisdom tooth regrowth after extraction, call SAIR Dental Group at (832) 924-2666 or at (281) 558-1199.

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