Do I Have to Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

You probably grew up hearing all about wisdom tooth extraction, maybe even laughing at a sibling who had their wisdom teeth removed and spent a couple of days loopy on pain medications. And at some point in your teen or young adult years, you were probably told that you needed your wisdom teeth out, too. 

Wisdom teeth — or your third molars — are the last set of teeth to grow in, and they can cause some serious complications if they don’t emerge in a functional way. At Gem Dental, we put together the following information so you can learn who needs their wisdom teeth removed and how to tell if you do. 

Does everyone need their wisdom teeth removed? 

The short answer: No. 

You only need your wisdom teeth removed if they are creating problems. In fact, not everyone is born with wisdom teeth, which certainly eliminates a group of people from needing wisdom tooth removal. 

We can only determine whether or not you require a removal procedure by doing a thorough oral exam, during which Dr. George Saliba checks for current and potential problems with your wisdom teeth. 

So who does need their wisdom teeth removed? You may need your wisdom teeth removed if: 

Any of these scenarios can cause oral health complications, such as gum or jaw infections, pain, cysts, damage to other teeth, and tooth decay. 

On the flip side, you may not need your wisdom teeth removed if: 

How to tell if you need your wisdom teeth out

One reason for removing wisdom teeth early is that they often don’t cause problems until it’s too late. That is, a wisdom tooth may not cause pain, infection, or damage until the root of the wisdom tooth is already established and the portion of your jawbone where the tooth sits has become very dense. 

If you wait until that point to get your wisdom teeth removed, the surgery may be more invasive, and the recovery may be longer and more painful. 

Because of that, the best way to determine whether you need wisdom teeth removal is to visit us at Gem Dental and get an evaluation. You should also look out for signs that your wisdom teeth are growing in, which include: 

To learn more about wisdom teeth and the removal process, visit our wisdom teeth FAQ. To schedule an evaluation or consultation appointment, call Gems Dental at 281-607-1851 or request your appointment by using our online tool

You Might Also Enjoy...

Resolve All Your Dental Issues with a Smile Makeover

We’d all like to change something about our physical appearance. In the case of your smile, it might not just be about the way your teeth look — you might have multiple issues. Learn how a smile makeover can transform your pearly whites — and your life.

Most Common Dental Emergencies

You may think that dental emergencies are rare, but some pretty common situations actually qualify as dental emergencies. Here are a few of the most common — and what you should do if they happen to you.

Non-Cosmetic Reasons to Consider Veneers

Veneers are great for fixing your smile by covering up stains, evening jagged edges, or closing gaps. But did you know that veneers also serve a higher purpose? Discover the health benefits of dental veneers.

Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign® Trays

If you’re not thrilled with the idea and appearance of traditional braces, Invisalign® offers a teeth-straightening alternative that’s removable and virtually invisible. Caring for the Invisalign trays is simple and straightforward.

Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters

Are you wondering whether your crooked teeth are really an issue or debating whether you should invest in orthodontics for yourself or child? Misaligned teeth can create health problems down the road. Here’s why you should align them now.