When to Remove Your Wisdom Teeth

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Tooth impaction occurs when a tooth doesn’t fully emerge from the gums. Wisdom teeth, located at the back of your mouth, can become impacted at different angles:

  • Straight (vertical)
  • Sideways (horizontal)
  • Distal
  • Mesial

Given the various angles and levels of impaction, consulting with an experienced dentist or oral surgeon for an assessment of your wisdom teeth is key to determining the appropriate course of action for your specific case.

Signs Indicating the Need for Wisdom Teeth Removal

Persistent Pain and Discomfort

One of the most common issues associated with wisdom teeth is persistent pain and discomfort. You may experience any of the following:

Red or swollen gums
Tender or bleeding gums
Jaw pain
Swelling around the jaw
Bad breath
Gum disease
Bacterial buildup in broken gums
Impacted tooth
Tooth decay

Inflammation and Infection

Inflammation and infection are critical signs indicating the need for wisdom teeth removal. Oral inflammation is often caused by wisdom teeth breaking through the gum line and impacting the surrounding gum tissue. Potential risks associated with wisdom teeth inflammation include oral cysts, which can be fluid-filled, sinus issues, and gum disease. The possible consequences of wisdom teeth inflammation include discomfort, edema, and infection, which can also affect nearby teeth.

Tooth Crowding and Damage

Tooth crowding and damage caused by wisdom teeth can lead to shifting teeth, overbite/underbite, and decay. Keeping wisdom teeth that cause such issues may result in painful dry sockets, infection, bleeding, swelling, and pain.

If your dentist notices that your wisdom teeth are causing tooth crowding or damage, it’s crucial to consider their removal to maintain your overall oral health. Early intervention can prevent more severe complications that may require extensive dental treatment.


Dentists recommend wisdom teeth removal at a younger age — typically between the ages of 18 and 24 — to avoid complications that may arise from the bone and tooth roots being fully formed. Extracting wisdom teeth at an earlier age, when only two-thirds of the roots have formed, is advantageous as healing typically progresses more quickly after the procedure.
Wisdom teeth removal can be performed at any age, and the decision should be based on individual circumstances and the advice of your dentist or oral surgeon.

Oral Health

Poor oral health can potentially increase the risk of complications during the procedure. Before the procedure, our dentist will guarantee you're in good oral health. Maintaining proper hygiene post wisdom teeth removal is also vital for preventing complications and ensuring a smooth recovery

Orthodontic Considerations

If a patient is receiving orthodontic treatment, an orthodontist might recommend the removal of wisdom teeth to prevent any potential future alignment issues or to create space.

Prophylactic Removal

Some dental professionals recommend the removal of wisdom teeth even if they aren't currently causing problems. The rationale is that potential complications can be avoided, and younger patients might recover from the procedure more quickly than older individuals.

How the wisdom teeth extraction process works

Frequently Asked Questions

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