Should You Keep Your Wisdom Teeth?


Many people are born with a third set of molars most commonly referred to as wisdom teeth, and while Dr. Robert M. Walley certainly does his fair share of wisdom tooth removal, the truth is that not everybody has to have those teeth removed. For many patients, it is imperative for their overall dental health and hygiene to do so, while some people are born without them entirely.


The trick is knowing when these wisdom teeth should come out and when they should stay. While Dr. Walley can consult with patients and talk them through their options, those interested in knowing the ins and outs of wisdom tooth extraction can get a sense of whether or not they’ll require removal by looking for a few warning signs.


When to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Put simply, if your wisdom teeth are impacted—if they are for one reason or another blocked from growing properly—it will be in your best interest to have them removed before they can cause any bigger problems in your mouth.


Your third molars are supposed to stand upright and erupt through your gums like all your other molars did as a kid, but if they are lying horizontally, it means there isn’t enough room for them to grow the way they should. If they creep sideways into a neighboring tooth, they can not only cause crowding and shifting, but they can accumulate plaque and bacteria more easily. Those cause cavities, which can lead to infections, all of which should be more than enough reason to consider removing them.

When to Leave Your Wisdom Teeth Alone

That said, some people have enough space in their mouth to allow upright wisdom teeth to erupt and sidle right in alongside existing teeth. If they aren’t shifting other teeth, if they have enough room to grow, and, most importantly, if they aren’t causing you any pain or discomfort, it is perfectly reasonable to leave your wisdom teeth in your mouth. They will ultimately function like any other molar.


That means the choice is up to you as to whether or not you’d like them removed. Sometimes, even wisdom teeth that erupt upright and function properly can develop problems over time. They are very far back in the mouth, which makes them the most difficult teeth to clean. If you do decide to keep your wisdom teeth, make sure you give them plenty of attention in terms of brushing and flossing.

Make an Appointment With an Experienced Dentist

Removing wisdom teeth does require oral surgery, but Dr. Walley is a respected wisdom tooth dentist with years of experience, so he can make the procedure as efficient and painless as possible. Keeping wisdom teeth when they should be extracted is much more painful than simply ridding yourself of the headache preemptively. As is the case with all such procedures, consult with Dr. Walley to make the best plan for your teeth. If that means removing those third molars, we can help, and if it means leaving them alone, we can at least provide you with the peace of mind in knowing you’re doing the right thing.