Wisdom Teeth: Should they stay or should they go?

wisdom tooth ChicagoMany patients choose to have impacted wisdom teeth removed to prevent the numerous problems that can develop. However, this is an individual decision, and it’s important to get appropriate professional guidance in making that decision.

If you are wondering whether you should have your wisdom teeth removed, you should consult with an oral surgeon who can make recommendations for your case.

At the initial appointment, the oral surgeon will examine your teeth and jaw and take x-rays to determine if the third molars are impacted or may become impacted.

Based on that assessment, the surgeon may recommend moving forward with wisdom tooth removal. Alternatively, the patient may be told that extraction may not be necessary if it appears that the wisdom teeth can erupt normally. 

There are some considerations related to the timing of wisdom tooth extraction…

There are some considerations related to the timing of wisdom tooth extraction as well. It’s generally recommended that people who decide to move forward with the procedure have it done by age 25. The roots are shorter and less entrenched in younger patients, making it easier to remove the third molars. Additionally, younger patients tend to bounce back more quickly after extraction.

Having your wisdom teeth removed can help to reduce your risk of a number of negative outcomes, such as abscesses, cysts or tumors. Neighboring teeth are usually also jeopardized by impacted wisdom teeth, as it is difficult to keep the area clear of bacteria and the other teeth may become more susceptible to decay and pressure resorption – both frequently leading to the need of extraction not just the wisdom teeth, but also their damaged neighbors.

Unfortunately, it’s impossible to determine when such problems will develop in impacted wisdom teeth, which is why so many patients opt for extraction as a preventive measure.

If you are in your late teens or early twenties and you still have your wisdom teeth, contact our office to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Koos. Our team of dental specialists can give you insight into whether extraction is necessary. Don’t hesitate to ask us any questions you may have or discuss any concerns with us. Call 312-328-9000 today to schedule your visit.