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Is it advisable to extract only the upper wisdom teeth and retain the lower ones for orthodontic treatment?


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Published At October 8, 2022
Reviewed AtOctober 9, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have retained baby teeth with teeth crowding and unerupted wisdom teeth. I consulted an orthodontist, and he suggested extracting two teeth from the upper and lower arch for correction. But, he told me to extract my upper wisdom teeth instead of removing another two teeth from the upper arch, and we could use the bottom wisdom teeth for the missing teeth. What would happen if I had more teeth in the lower arch than the upper arch? Does the upper teeth move backward during the treatment? Is there any problem if my lower wisdom teeth do not have opposing teeth? Would this cause any jaw problems? Kindly help. Thank you.

Answered by Dr. Naveen Thomas


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Orthodontists decide the required extractions for treatment based on the amount of tooth material you have on both the upper and lower jaw. Sometimes even if the upper jaw has less number of teeth than the lower, the size would be greater and thus would compensate for the less number. I need to see pictures of your teeth to tell you more about your problem. Usually, an orthodontist knows what is required and will do needful, so it is better to follow their advice and do accordingly. If you want more details, attach pictures and X-rays if possible. I hope I was helpful to you. Thank you.

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Dr. Naveen Thomas
Dr. Naveen Thomas


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