Opinions on keeping wisdom teeth or getting them pulled?

X-ray/exam needed. Most times to avoid a future problem, take them out while young. If impacted the wisdom tooth may harm the second molar. If it has swelled up a fw times, probably needs extraction. Go to aaoms. Org for more answers.
Problem. If your wisdom teeth are all in good functional position, and not creating gum or decay problems, you can keep them. If they are impacted, partially visible, decayed, or causing problems with adjacent teeth, removal may be the best treatment. Your dentist and/or surgeon can advise you after a clinical and radiographic examination.
It depends. Usually, wisdom teeth are impacted (buried in the bone) and should be removed when young to prevent future problems. If they are erupted (can be seen in mouth), they are usually hard to clean and frequently decay because of this. Have them examined and ask which of the above scenarios may apply to you.

Related Questions

Do your teeth spread out more when wisdom teeth get pulled?

No. There is a natural movement of the teeth to the midline. Wisdom teeth removal, therefor, doesn't have much effect on tooth position other than possibly helping to reduce increased crowding.
Wisdom teeth/spacing. The teeth immediately in front of the wisdom teeth are lmulti-rooted molars that are very difficult to move. So if teeth spread out, it's not due to the removal of the wisdom teeth. If a tooth closer to the front of the mouth with a single root is removed, there may be some spacing.

Why do we have wisdom teeth if they usually get pulled anyway?

Genetic Remnant. Why are we born with an appendix when it serves no purpose and needs to be surgically removed in an emergency? Some structures still form when we develop due to our genetic makeup, but these structures are not necessarily useful or needed to survive.
Genetic mismatch. Teeth used to fit in jaws. When genetic crossing among different peoples occurred, size mismatch occurred. Make sure your wisdom teeth are evaluated and treated by a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon.

Why do we have wisdom teeth if they usually get pulled anyway?

Genetic Remnant. Why are we born with an appendix when it serves no purpose and needs to be surgically removed in an emergency? Some structures still form when we develop due to our genetic makeup, but these structures are not necessarily useful or needed to survive.
Genetic mixing. One theory is when difference groups started interbreeding, large teeth got mixed with smaller jaws and not enough room. For best results, make sure you are evaluated and treated by a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon.

Could everybody get their wisdom teeth pulled?

No. No. The primary reasone are if they are causing pain, if there isn't enough room and they may cause crowding of the other teeth, if they are erupted and have cavities, or your othrodonitist needs room to move your crooked teeth.
Yes. Everybody could have their wisdom teeth removed, but the real question is should everybody have their wisdom teeth removed? A clinical evaluation with the appropriate x-ray (s) where all of the teeth can be visualized, and the entire wisdom tooth or teeth by your dentist should be performed to properly advise you if you should or should not have them removed.

Why are we born with wisdom teeth if they're just going to get pulled out?

Genetic Remnant. Why are we born with an appendix when it serves no purpose and needs to be surgically removed in an emergency? Some structures still form when we develop due to our genetic makeup, but these structures are not necessarily useful or needed to survive.
Wisdom teeth. Usually appear between the ages of 16 and 25. If you are experiencing pain, swollen lymph nodes and it does not go away or if you find it difficult to open your mouth, you should see a dentist for evaluation, x-ray and wisdom teeth removal. However, impacted wisdom teeth that are free from disease and symptoms should not be operated on.

If you don't get you wisdom teeth pull an they are infected what can it do to your health?

Abscess. An infected wisdom tooth can lead to an abscess, which can cause all sorts of bad problems. Specifically, the abscess can throw clots that can go to your brain and cause a stroke. Most seriously, the infection can spread to your brain. It is thought that king tut died of a similar cause. Definitely not something to fool with. See your dentist right away.
All day seminar! An infection is an infection - whether its in your tooth or your toenail! Would you ignore an infection elsewhere? Emergency rooms across the country still regularly see people who have to be admitted and taken to or to treat and drain infections. My advise is do not ignore an infection, seek care and counsel from a qualified oral surgeon regarding your specific condition.
Big Problems. An infected wisdom may not produce any significant problem except for pain and some mild swelling for some patients. However, in other patients, an infected wisdom tooth can lead to some very serious problems in others, such as significant swelling in the floor of the mouth and throat that can compromise swallowing and breathing, which can be life threatening. Your surgeon can provide more info.
Another option. While most infected wisdom teeth need to be removed, there are occasions when there is an infection that can be resolved, at least temporarily with antibiotics and definitive treatment. Many patients see everything as "all" or "none". Only if $ is an issue, you might be able to remove only the untreatable wisdom teeth and postpone your other dental work until finances improve or work out payments.
Spread of infection. Infection can be dangerous. If infections cause is not taken care of, it will recur and possibly spread. Spreading to the brain or heart is possible. Get it evaluated and out!
Same thing. The same thing as any other infection. Can cause pain, functional disturbance, bone loss, damage to adjacent teeth, gum destruction, and can spread and do damage to heart, brain, lungs, kidneys, liver. Can cause swelling of tissues that result in partial or complete airway obstruction. Can cause death.
Chronic drain on imm. It would be a chronic drain on your immune system like any other infection with the potential to blow up at an inopportune time.