Wisdom Teeth: Is it better to remove them all at once or individually?

When you are planning to schedule an oral surgery appointment to have your wisdom teeth removed, a little planning can make your treatment much smoother. You can plan to have a consultation with the oral surgeon regarding the surgery, and asking the right questions during that meeting can shed a lot of light on the surgical process and its impact on your future health.

Most of us are born with four wisdom teeth, one in each of the farthest corners of our mouths, and it’s common to have them removed during the late teens or early 20’s. Quite often, these molars fail to develop with normal shapes and sizes, and they may also take on an unhealthy position within the jawbone. The unfortunate result is a set of teeth that don’t fit into the mouth, become the source of a chronic or painful infection, or pose a risk to the neighboring teeth. 

…in recommending the extraction of a wisdom tooth, your oral surgeon will use professional judgment to predict whether any remaining wisdom teeth will need to be removed in the future.

A consultation with digital CT scan images helps to reveal the exact details of each wisdom tooth. The fate of each tooth will be determined separately, and the risk of extracting each tooth will be assessed individually. However, in recommending the extraction of a wisdom tooth, your oral surgeon will use professional judgment to predict whether any remaining wisdom teeth will need to be removed in the future.

To avoid a future surgical procedure, additional anesthesia, and additional treatment costs, you may be advised to have all of the wisdom teeth removed at once. It’s a choice that is more conservative than scheduling repeated surgeries, and it reduces the risk that the remaining wisdom teeth could affect your health in a negative manner. This is more commonly seen, since all of the wisdom teeth tend to develop around the same time, and are more likely to have similarities in terms or size, shape, or position within the jaw.

However, a wisdom tooth that appears to have a lower or minimal potential to cause future health concerns may not be recommended for extraction at all. Scheduling a consultation with our dual degree oral and maxillofacial surgeons to discuss your wisdom teeth extraction is the best way to determine the choice that is best for you.