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Off Bite after wisdom teeth extraction

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I had 3 wisdom teeth removed last October (2009). Since then my bite is off. It's enough to drive a person insane when the teeth don't match up properly! I explained to the dentist that something felt "wrong", like it's not my mouth but didn't know how to explain it then. The worst part is that my bite can change at any given time during the day. For instance, in the morning, only my very back molars may be able to touch (top and bottom) whereas later on, the whole left side (top and bottom) can rest together properly, but the right almost not at all. I have been a nail biter all my life (yes I know, Bad) and since the extraction, developed a new way to bite them as the right front top and bottom teeth, the ones I used to bite them with cannot meet at all. And since the extraction wake up from the sound of my teeth grinding and have bit my tongue and cheeks so many times during the night. I have even woken up to a quick and painful "bite", as if I had opened my mouth all the way and then slammed it shut as hard as possible.I tried a night guard but awoke with my bite EVEN worse. I am scared I am going to break my teeth and am constantly moving my jaw trying to find a comfortable way to close my mouth. I never had any dental problems before, not even a cavity. What is wrong with me??? I am traumatized now and scared to go to a dentist again.
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replied July 20th, 2011
Just in case anyone has had the same problem, I figured an update was needed here, since it has been over a year with no replies.
I have a form of TMJ. 2 oral maxillofacial facial surgeons examined me, and were quick to refer me out to any random dentist to make me a bite guard. I finally took some good advice and went to see the University of Pittsburgh Dental School Residents...not so much for the residents learning dentistry but for the awesome dentists who supervise and teach them.
Yes, I have TMJ, possibly caused by the surgeon who removed my wisdoms. The rsident said this much, which I thought was probably the issue in the first place. In his defense I do have a VERY small mouth and it most likely wasn't his fault, other than the fact that when I told him something "felt wrong" 2 months after, he didn't even offer an x-ray. I was just told to talk to my dentist about any any dental issues as his job was done.

The attending(teacher) dentist said we don't know what caused it. But if anyone else experiences this I'll give you the answer you won't find anywhere on the internet....believe me,I have looked! Thanks so much to the 2 docs who sat with me for over an hour after closing time to explain my unique situation. They told me this:
Teeth have to meet. That's the way the natural mouth works. After wisdom teeth are extracted, the jaw gets confused because where the teeth used to meet was the position in which it (the jaw) used to rest. The muscles tense up and shift the jaw, attempting to find the resting place it once had. Within a few days, the jaw adjusts and adapts. Nerves in the jaw realize that resting place no longer exists, the jaw muscles relax and once they are relaxed, a new bite is found. A new resting place for the jaw. THAT is what normally happens after wisdom extraction!
In some cases, however, the jaw does not recognize that the original bite is gone. Jaw muscles stay tense and keep trying to rest the jaw in the same place it used to. Since all of my wisdoms are gone, it can't. So all day long, my jaw is shifting in different ways in an attempt to force it's old bite. I have muscle spasms every couple of minutes...my top and bottom molars hit each other in a sideways direction. My tm joints are degenerating so the normal open/close function is not aligned anymore..it goes whatever way it wants, leading me to bite my tongue and sides of my mouth when I talk or eat. And sleeping is the hardest part because the jaw, like the rst of your body "rests" but since the jaw has no resting place, it slams and grinds trying to find a resting place all night long. It's a catch-22. If the jaw muscles would relax, they'd find a new bite...or if the old bite is found, the jaw muscles would relax. As the doc said, "the jaw muscles are running a marahon that they can't win."
I have never needed braces...never had a jaw injury... never even had a single cavity.
My last dentist told me I had perfect teeth and people pay thousands of dollars fora mouth like mine. Yet after a common procedure, I am forced to discuss the possibility of prothetic teeth or caps. If I can get it to relax, then I may be able to force it to recognize a new bite.

Just thought that might help someone in need.
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replied June 6th, 2014
Same situation here; my bite was soo off after taking my wisdom teeth out. specially on one side of my mouth where i actually have a crown so i was very confused.I told my dentist and he tried to adjust it on the crown. I t helped a little bit, but i still feel weard.I cant even relax myself because is so unconfortable plus they had to do some big fillins after too aaggrr! Its been more than a month and my jaw cant find its bite yet. But thanks for sharing now i know im not the only one at least.
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replied April 25th, 2012
Hi jewel,
I find this really amazing because I am experiencing something similar (Not to that degree but to the point that I had to look up online). I had my wisdom teeth out last week, so I know my teeth need to adjust but it's been really painful. My bite feels off, and I am afraid I might need braces again. Me on the other hand, I have had tons of problems with my mouth... It's funny, I am in pittsburgh as well. I agree the doctors at Pitt know what they're doing. I might have to pay them a visit again.
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replied August 20th, 2012
I'm also experiencing something similar, so I appreciate your post.

I can totally sympathize with what you were saying about nailbiting. I got all four wisdom teeth out one week ago today, and I can't bite my nails the way I used to. My jaw isn't really spasming as much as yours was, so I guess it's found its new bite (even though it still feels a little foreign). It's just very disconcerting. I've always had a crooked lower jaw, so my bite has been strange for my entire life. Now that it seems to have changed again, I'm kind of self-concious about it.

I'm still not really eating normal food yet (I'll have softer stuff like fish and pasta... I'm uncomfortable with the idea of disrupting the stitches), but I'm really worried that my teeth won't line up well enough to chew properly. With my crooked jaw, I've only really been able to chew on one side of my mouth anyway, so I'm nervous about it. Did your bite problems affect how you chewed food?

I'm also experiencing a bit of ache in the molars that used to be beside my wisdom teeth. Nothing too painful... they only really hurt when I put pressure on them. Has anyone had this problem?
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replied May 10th, 2013
jewel...did you ever get better? I'm going through the same thing but it just started. did your muscles every relax on their own?
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replied March 27th, 2014
Crooked jaw after wisdom teeth extraction.
its been 1 yr or so after my wisdom teeth surgery and the left side of my lower jaw is not aligned with the right side,im 17 now, when i was 14 both sides of jaws were aligned now they seem to be a little crooked, i still have a bit of pain on my left side, does anyone know if this is normal or not, i mean my teeth and everything match up, but the left side of my jaw seems to be a bit lower then the right.
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replied March 28th, 2014
It sound to me like your body is growing. The body changes, everything, every 7-9 years. I'm talking tastes, feel, sight, all of the sense, the whole 9-yards. It could be possible that you need braces, which wouldn't be bad, just costly, but it's a steep price to pay for your mouth to stop annoying you.

Your mouth and teeth are as important as your living, breathing heart, and I tell everyone that. Without your teeth, living would be beyond difficult. Not to mention each tooth has it's only blood flow, directly connected to your blood stream. Get an infection.. guess what. Your whole body will endure.

Anyway, I would most definitely consult your dentist, or a qualified one at that. Tell him/her exactly what you did on here, and let them know your discomfort. Tell them you had a perfect bite back in the day, and now it is not aligned, though you only ahd your wisdom teeth removed.

It is possible your teeth shifted after this long period, after getting your wisdom teeth removed, as those wisdom teeth probably kept your teeth in a good place. Now that they are gone, and it sounds like it's been a couple years, they have more room to freely move, and are adjusting.

Your mouth needs time to adjust, but you may need braces.

Definitive answer: Seek a qualified dentist who is a certified orthodontic technician. Any dentist can give you accurate information at this point, as long as they are certified.

Stay healthy, stay happy.

-John
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replied August 22nd, 2014
I was looking info about this because i had one molar removed last week, so ive been using my jaw/teeth to a minimal. But tonight I realized I could close my mouth again without freaking out. Something felt off, and I freaked out even more because I have a very small but visible underbite and the "new" bite my mouth seems to want to do makes my bottom jaw shift sideways a tiny bit and forward too... also, I feel my top molar (above the one I had removed) touch some tooth, feels odd and weird because it's hovering there and then im forced to move my jew down more, leaving me in this uncomfortable new jaw place. Sad does anyone know if removing the other 3 molars will help somehow? Im worried my teeth will keep rubbin against each other and damage them... Sad
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replied October 21st, 2015
Hello I just seen this information when I was searching the Internet. I got all four of my wisdom teeth out on October 7 it's now the 21st it feels very weird to bite down like somethings not right im also experiencing pain in my lower jaw that I need to take over the counter meds to stop the pain. Could something be wrong? I'm very scared because I seen slit if people on different sites say they had a jaw infection and tmj?? Please if any one had any information for me I would be happy to hear from you thank you
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replied December 10th, 2015
You need your wisdom teeth! Your dentist is lying! DONT REMOVE!
I found this site after finally searching the internet about my symptoms. I feel like I have failed as the custodian of my body. My mouth and jaw alignment and resting place was perfect before. As my fillings wear down, my jaw is dropping lower and lower, and my lips purse together too much, I feel as though I am developing duck lips. They are dry often, my jaw keeps hurting, its been nearly a year, and it doesn't seen to be adjusting. I bite my cheek, my tongue freaks out in bed, I cannot close my jaw when I am laying down without forcing those muscles and so it really starts to hurt. I feel like its driving me nuts. I had initially explained this to my dentist after month 4 of it not getting better. She said, lets try to redo your fillings. But its not that, its the 3 wisdom tooth removal she recommended a month earlier. My jaw has no place to rest that's high enough. Its too much of a reach for my jaw muscles. When I am in an upright position, I can tell my jaw is coming down too far. My bottom front teeth are pressing against my too front teeth. The alignment and bite seems to move all over. I cannot for the life of me figure out why a dentist would recommend someone get their perfectly fine, except for cavities, wisdom teeth removed. I felt I was lied to when my dentist said that the wisdom teeth are not used by the mouth.
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replied July 31st, 2016
Hi,
I had all four impartially impacted wisdom teeth surgically removed in 2006 and I didn't notice a change in my bite in the way that it felt. Instead I noticed my front teeth started wearing down. Before having the teeth removed I had never had any dental treatment no fillings no orthodontics. When I went to my dentist and asked if the tooth alignment had changed after the wisdom teeth were removed, he told me it was impossible and that I was grinding my teeth during the night (funny how this never happened until the wisdom teeth were removed, coincidence? I think not.). I knew that this was the cause of my problem but what could I do about it? The dentist told me I had two options. Option 1 was to wear a night guard for sleep every night for the rest of my life. (I was 19 and hated the idea of wearing the guard and wanted a more perminent solution not just a band aid for the underlying problem)
Option 2 was braces to fix my bite.
I decided to go ahead and have braces. The orthodontist wanted to take more teeth out which thankfully I didn't do, as I hated the idea of removing any more healthy teeth. I had braces for three years which straightened my teeth but didn't fix my bruxism now I am stuck with further adverse reactions and damage from the retraction orthodontics, making my already small jaw even smaller. I now get chronic headaches, neck and back pain, chronic sinus issues, chronic fatigue, vertigo and tinitus,my face looks sunken and longer and there is no longer enough space for my tongue in my mouth. Perhaps the worst problem caused by this is a narrow airway. After seeing a functional orthodontist and looking at my pre braces X-ray compared to post braces X-ray I now have half the airway that I had prior to this treatment. I am now in the process of finding someone who can reverse the damage unfortunately it is hard to find functional orthos in Australia, so it requires travel interstate to go to appointments. If could go back in time and not have the wisdom teeth out I would do it in a heartbeat. To anyone wanting to have braces to fix a similar problem I urge you to seek out a functional orthodontist, and do not have any further extractions. Do your research and know the risks of all treatment before you go ahead and always seek a seccond opinion before making a choice to go ahead.
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replied November 29th, 2016
I had my bottom two wisdom teeth cut out 10/5/16 and i went through dry socket and severe pain in my jaw so I was sleeping in the recliner for a long time. The first time I attempted to sleep lying flat I woke up feeling like my jaw was hanging sideways. I got light headed and almost passed out until my jaw adjusted back. Every time that I try to lay flat it feels like my jaw keeps moving but my Dr has done an xray and checked me and says I look fine. My jaw joint keeps clicking also. This can't be normal, but my dr keeps making me feel like everything looks fine so i don't know what to do anymore.
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