15 doctors weighed in:
Is it really necessary to remove our wisdom tooth?
15 doctors weighed in

Dr. Howard Schneider
Dentistry - Pediatric
5 doctors agree
In brief: That depends
If they are bothering you and/or have an infection than the only way to solve this problem is to have them removed.
As this can be complicated in an adult you must have this done by an oral surgeon, not a general dentist. If they do not bother you and do not show signs a cysts forming upon radiographic exam, than leave then alone. Your dentist and/or oral surgeon should be able to guild you.

In brief: That depends
If they are bothering you and/or have an infection than the only way to solve this problem is to have them removed.
As this can be complicated in an adult you must have this done by an oral surgeon, not a general dentist. If they do not bother you and do not show signs a cysts forming upon radiographic exam, than leave then alone. Your dentist and/or oral surgeon should be able to guild you.
Dr. Howard Schneider
Dr. Howard Schneider
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
3 doctors agree
In brief: Selective procedure
The removal of wisdom tooth is frequently recommended.
This requires selective surgical procedures that are individualized according to your individual need.

In brief: Selective procedure
The removal of wisdom tooth is frequently recommended.
This requires selective surgical procedures that are individualized according to your individual need.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Michelle Marcincuk
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
If they cause problems - are impacted, are crowding the other teeth, you may want to consider having them removed.
If not causing any problems, you probably do not have to worry about them.

In brief: Depends
If they cause problems - are impacted, are crowding the other teeth, you may want to consider having them removed.
If not causing any problems, you probably do not have to worry about them.
Dr. Michelle Marcincuk
Dr. Michelle Marcincuk
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Christopher Breen
General Practice
3 doctors agree
In brief: Wisdom teeth
The reason wisdom teeth need to be removed is that they often are impacted (crooked) when they come in.
When they come in incorrectly other teeth in the mouth will move out of place as well. Bottom line... If they aren't causing issues, though, they don't need to be removed - see a dentist or an oral surgeon for an opinion.

In brief: Wisdom teeth
The reason wisdom teeth need to be removed is that they often are impacted (crooked) when they come in.
When they come in incorrectly other teeth in the mouth will move out of place as well. Bottom line... If they aren't causing issues, though, they don't need to be removed - see a dentist or an oral surgeon for an opinion.
Christopher Breen
Christopher Breen
Answer assisted by Christopher Breen, Medical Student
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: No, but
No. If the wisdom teeth erupt fully in the mouth like the other teeth, can be treated like other teeth.
However, in most patients not enough room and problems will eventually occur. Best advice is to see oral surgeon for exam/recommendations.

In brief: No, but
No. If the wisdom teeth erupt fully in the mouth like the other teeth, can be treated like other teeth.
However, in most patients not enough room and problems will eventually occur. Best advice is to see oral surgeon for exam/recommendations.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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