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Do I have to get my wisdom teeth taken out?

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Garrett Caldwell
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Wisdom teeth

This is a question for your dentist.
Most people in the US get theirs removed. If you don't have room for them in your mouth they will cause your other teeth to shift and move. If you do, then there is normally not a problem. Some people's teeth are sideways or impacted in the jaw. Usually this requires surgical removal.

In brief: Wisdom teeth

This is a question for your dentist.
Most people in the US get theirs removed. If you don't have room for them in your mouth they will cause your other teeth to shift and move. If you do, then there is normally not a problem. Some people's teeth are sideways or impacted in the jaw. Usually this requires surgical removal.
Garrett Caldwell
Garrett Caldwell
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Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

If they are fully erupted and cleansable then they can function like natural teeth.
However, most people don't have room for them, so get them out early before they do damage long term. See an oral surgeon if your not sure. If they are fully erupted and "in" , then see a periodontist to see if they can stay healthy.

In brief: No

If they are fully erupted and cleansable then they can function like natural teeth.
However, most people don't have room for them, so get them out early before they do damage long term. See an oral surgeon if your not sure. If they are fully erupted and "in" , then see a periodontist to see if they can stay healthy.
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dr. Ragan Faler
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Dr. Daniel Quon
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: If symptomatic

If your wisdom teeth have erupted into the mouth and are serving you a functional purpose, and not a source of decay, periodontal or occlusal problems, removal probably would not be indicated.
If your wisdom teeth are the source or contributing to the problems above, or impacted with a high probablitliy of not being able to erupt, early removal would be likely recommended.

In brief: If symptomatic

If your wisdom teeth have erupted into the mouth and are serving you a functional purpose, and not a source of decay, periodontal or occlusal problems, removal probably would not be indicated.
If your wisdom teeth are the source or contributing to the problems above, or impacted with a high probablitliy of not being able to erupt, early removal would be likely recommended.
Dr. Daniel Quon
Dr. Daniel Quon
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