Why is it often suggested that wisdom teeth be removed?


Wisdom teeth can be very difficult to keep clean because they are located in the back of the mouth. This often leads to problems before pain or other symptoms let you know something is wrong. Wisdom teeth can contribute to a variety of problems, including:

  • Tooth decay
  • Periodontal disease
  • Infection
  • Damage to neighboring teeth
  • Bone loss
  • Tooth loss
  • Crowding of teeth
  • Formation of cysts and tumors

Although there are many potential risks associated with wisdom teeth, they do not always need to be removed. After an evaluation, your dentist will be able to give information specific to your situation.