Most dentists will recommend wisdom tooth removal, and many patients dread wisdom tooth extraction, especially if they are not experiencing any problems. If you’re wondering whether or not you really need to remove your wisdom teeth, this guide will clarify whether or not extraction is really necessary.

Wisdom teeth are the third molars in the very back of your mouth, and not every patient will need to have them removed. If your wisdom teeth are healthy, grown in completely or positioned correctly, they may not need to be removed. The same is true if your wisdom teeth allow you to bite properly and if they are able to be cleaned during your daily oral hygiene routine. 

One of the main reasons why most people will have to get their wisdom teeth removed is because these molars do not have room to grow properly and will cause problems as they erupt. Wisdom teeth can grow at different angles in the jaw, and can sometimes even grow horizontally. Wisdom teeth can cause a lot of issues, and if you experience any of the following, you need to have these teeth removed:

1. Completely Hidden within The Gums

If your third molars cannot emerge normally, they will become trapped within your jaw, and this can result in an infection. This can also result in a cyst, which can damage surrounding teeth roots and negatively impact bone support. 

2. Partially Erupting Through Your Gums

The area in which wisdom teeth grow is hard to see and clean, and if your third molars emerge only partially, they can create a passageway for bacteria which can lead to gum disease and oral infection. 

3. Your Wisdom Teeth Are Crowding Nearby Teeth

If wisdom teeth do not have enough room to erupt properly, they can cause crowding in your mouth, which will prevent you from being able to clean your teeth properly. They can also damage nearby teeth. 

Dentists will recommend having your wisdom teeth removed in every one of these situations, and may also recommend removing wisdom teeth if they don’t fully emerge. Many dentists recommend wisdom teeth removal at a younger age because the roots and bone are not yet fully formed, and recovery is usually faster after surgery. For this reason, many young adults have their wisdom teeth extracted before these teeth start causing problems. 

Additionally, wisdom teeth will also have to be removed if you experience pain or changes in the area of ​​these teeth. Constant infection of the soft tissue behind the lower last tooth, fluid-filled sacks, gum disease and extensive tooth decay may also result in the need for wisdom teeth removal. 


Not sure if a wisdom tooth is extraction is necessary? Maxillovendome can help you make informed decisions. We will assess the position of your wisdom teeth and will discuss the appropriate solution to optimize your smile and oral health!

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