When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

One rite of passage that most young adults go through is to have their wisdom teeth removed. Historically, they haven’t been a problem as other teeth decayed and got removed, they grew in to replace them. Today, with our good oral health, for most it becomes necessary to have your wisdom teeth removed.

Not Enough Room to Grow Correctly

If there isn’t enough room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth to come in then you’ll experience a few problems. Most of the time, your wisdom teeth will become impacted because there’s not enough room for them to break through the gum. If they do break through, they’ll be too close to your other teeth which will create a place for bacteria and food to collect and decay your teeth.

Another problem we see is that your wisdom teeth will break through the gum but not have enough room to grow completely in. This becomes an entryway for bacteria to enter your gums and cause infection. Lastly, if you don’t have enough room in your mouth then your wisdom teeth can grow in and cause your once straight teeth to become crooked.

You Are Experiencing Pain

Pain can be an indication of many other problems. You might have pain as they try to make their way to the surface. If there isn’t enough room then your wisdom teeth will surface and then go back under the gums. This will be painful for you and the removal of your wisdom teeth is the best way to alleviate the pain.

Pain can also be caused by infection, tooth decay, or even cysts that develop around your wisdom teeth. If you’re experiencing pain, we’ll first want to find out what is causing the pain and then come up with a treatment plan to fix the problem.

Tooth Decay in Wisdom Teeth or Neighboring Teeth

Many times we see wisdom teeth that have partially grown in and develop cavities. If this isn’t treated promptly, the decay will become worse. Eventually, the teeth next to your wisdom teeth will develop cavities. If you have any decay in your wisdom teeth, we’ll want to remove them before the problem becomes even bigger.

What If I Want to Keep My Wisdom Teeth?

The first thing we’ll want to do is take x-rays and assess your molar health. Even if you aren’t experiencing pain, there could be problems going on that you can’t see such as infection. The key is to prevention to make sure you don’t get to the point where it becomes an emergency because of severe pain.


If you want to keep your wisdom teeth and we don’t see any problems with that after inspecting your mouth, it’s a good idea to reassess every year. Make sure you practice good oral health and regularly floss around your wisdom teeth.

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