12 doctors weighed in:

Why did everyone with impacted wisdom teeth used to get them pulled?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
8 doctors agree

In brief: PAIN

People with true pain will often go to great lengths to remove the source.
Having teeth close together without pain would not be considered clinically important and thus not drive one to have the teeth pulled. Timed removal of select, paired lower and upper teeth during the pre-teen or teen years may prevent the wisdom teeth from becoming impacted & decrease the need later.

In brief: PAIN

People with true pain will often go to great lengths to remove the source.
Having teeth close together without pain would not be considered clinically important and thus not drive one to have the teeth pulled. Timed removal of select, paired lower and upper teeth during the pre-teen or teen years may prevent the wisdom teeth from becoming impacted & decrease the need later.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Glen Elliott
The other possible reason in infection, so-called "impacted" wisdom teeth that definitely leads to pain and potential other complications.
Dr. James Beck
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: To avoid pain

Most people's mouths are not big enough to allow the wisdom teeth to erupt (come into the mouth).
If they do erupt, it is often a partial eruption. The wisdom teeth are too far back for most people to clean properly, and the portion that remains under the gums often packs food and becomes decayed. Partial eruption and/or impaction and decay can be very painful. The best option is extraction.

In brief: To avoid pain

Most people's mouths are not big enough to allow the wisdom teeth to erupt (come into the mouth).
If they do erupt, it is often a partial eruption. The wisdom teeth are too far back for most people to clean properly, and the portion that remains under the gums often packs food and becomes decayed. Partial eruption and/or impaction and decay can be very painful. The best option is extraction.
Dr. James Beck
Dr. James Beck
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