Is Wisdom Tooth Extraction Necessary?

Posted on: May 2, 2018

Currently wondering whether or not wisdom tooth extraction is necessary because you have a wisdom tooth growing in? Maybe you have more than one wisdom tooth growing in and are wondering if all of your wisdom teeth need to be pulled?

Your wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to grow. If there is enough room in your mouth then your wisdom teeth will probably not need to be pulled. However, if there is not enough room in your mouth for the wisdom teeth, then it is likely that a dental professional will recommend extracting them.

Wisdom teeth problems

Some of the top problems people experience when their wisdom teeth start to grow in and they do not have the room in their mouth to support these extra teeth include:

  • Damage to neighboring teeth. When wisdom teeth are not able to fully grow in they can create pockets underneath the gum line where plaque can collect. This can easily lead to cavities on both the wisdom teeth and the neighboring teeth. If too much damage is done, not only the wisdom teeth will be pulled, the neighboring teeth may need to be pulled, as well.

  • Shifting and moving the neighboring teeth. When there is not enough room for the wisdom teeth to grow in, it is highly likely that the neighboring teeth will begin to shift and move as the wisdom teeth try to claim their spot.

  • Gum problems. When wisdom teeth try to grow in and there is not enough room it can lead to gum swelling and/or gum bleeding. This happens often when the wisdom teeth are not fully grown in, which is also known as an impacted wisdom tooth. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to a number of serious oral issues that can even affect one’s overall health.

  • Jaw movement problems. If the wisdom tooth grows in but is not in perfect alignment then it is likely that the person will experience jaw problems, which is going to eventually lead to chewing problems.

Wisdom tooth extraction

The process of extracting a wisdom tooth involves a dental professional giving the patient an anesthetic so they are not able to feel any pain while the wisdom tooth is being extracted. The dental professional will use special tools to carefully remove the wisdom tooth, which usually takes less than about 10 minutes to perform. Aftercare instructions will be given to the dental patient for a quick and full recovery.

Is wisdom tooth extraction necessary?

Wisdom tooth extraction is necessary when the wisdom tooth is causing problems. If the wisdom teeth growing in are considered to be healthy, are fully erupted, are functioning properly and are correctly positioned so they are not causing any problems, then wisdom tooth extraction is usually not necessary.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Cornerstone Dental Group, request an appointment in our Westford dental office here: Or call us at (978) 364-3003.

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