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A 44-year-old member asked:

When does someone need to have their wisdom teeth removed?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Nail
Dentistry 11 years experience
Third molars: Depends on the person a location of the teeth....if they are impacted maybe never, if they are erupted and the patient can keep them clean then they might not need to be removed. If they are partially erupted, malpositioned, or have decay then extraction should be considered. You have to consider the risks/benefits of removal
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Depends: Depends on the circumstances. Some don't have to be removed. Best advice is to see an oral surgeon for exam/recommendations.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

When do I need to get my wisdom teeth removed?

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Dr. Steven Koos
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 21 years experience
You missed the ideal: "window" before they are fully formed in late adolescence early adulthood - 17, 18, 19 Y.O. At this point though, if they are in your bite (occluding and aligned properly) without crowding, no periodontal pathology, no other bony pathology (cyst, etc.), able to be cleansed properly, restorable with fillings or crowns, non-abscessed - no worries then. For sure leave them intact!
A 41-year-old member asked:

How to tell if i need my wisdom teeth removed?

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Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
See you dentist: A dental examination with the appropriate x-ray(s) where all the teeth in the upper and lower jaws can be visualized should be performed by your dentist. Your dentist can then advise you if your wisdom teeth are indicated for removal or not.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What could I do to determine if i need my wisdom teeth removed?

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Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
See your dentist: A clinical examination with the appropriate x-ray(s) allowing visualization of the wisdom teeth by your dentist would be required to diagnose and recommend if you should or should not have your wisdom teeth removed.
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A 16-year-old female asked:

Do all the wisdom teeth need to be removed?

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Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Not necessarily: This has become a somewhat controversial topic in the dental world. In general, retained third molars("wisdom teeth") usually are removed if there is a concerning pathologic process involving the teeth like caries(cavities) , concern for damage to your surrounding teeth(like altering your occulusion(bite), or if there is the likely potential for wisdom teeth to cause problems later on in life.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What to do if i need to get my wisdom teeth removed soon. What are my options?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Options ?: If you need to have them removed, then there really are no options other than removal. If you are asking how they might be extracted, then the answer is either with local anesthetic or under general anesthesia. Speak to your oral surgeon since we cannot tell how difficult your extractions are.

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