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If wisdom teeth are impacted, they must be surgically removed. This is a simple, straightforward procedure conducted in the dentist’s office that often only requires the use of local anesthesia.

Do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?

A number of problems can arise when the wisdom teeth are left in place. It is impossible to keep them clean, so they can collect bacteria that promote periodontal disease and tooth and bone loss. Wisdom teeth can also develop cysts and tumours.

Adult patients with wisdom teeth still intact should have them removed, even if those wisdom teeth are not causing any problems or issues. One of the conditions described above can develop at any time. Furthermore, as the patient gets older, the wisdom teeth’s roots get longer and more entrenched, making their extraction much more challenging.

Timely wisdom teeth extraction can prevent the need for further cosmetic dentistry. If the wisdom teeth erupt partially or even attempt to push through the gums, it can disrupt the alignment of the other teeth. Any orthodontic treatment completed years earlier may have to be re-done, or a patient may need to get veneers to realign the teeth.