Wisdom Tooth Problems - Treatment Overview
The most common treatment for
wisdom tooth problems is removing the tooth (extraction). This involves opening the gum over the
tooth, removing the tooth, and closing the gum with stitches if needed.
Recovery usually takes just a few days.
Experts disagree about
whether to remove a wisdom tooth that is not causing obvious symptoms or
- Some oral surgeons believe that it is best to
remove a wisdom tooth, especially if it is impacted, before a person is 20
years old, to prevent future problems. Removing a wisdom tooth later in life is
associated with more complications.1, 2
- Some dentists think it is best to wait and remove
a wisdom tooth only if there is a problem, especially if you are older than
- Studies have not clearly shown if it is beneficial or harmful to remove a wisdom tooth that is not diseased or causing problems.3
- Experts also disagree about whether disease-free
wisdom teeth should be removed during
Wisdom teeth that are causing problems usually should
be extracted. An
oral or maxillofacial surgeon or your
dentist can remove wisdom teeth.
- Wisdom Teeth: Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
What to Think About
Wisdom teeth are as useful as any
other teeth if they come in properly and there is plenty of room in your mouth
for good dental care.
Talk to your dentist about whether to have
your wisdom teeth removed. You and your dentist may consider several things,
- Whether your wisdom tooth is impacted and whether it is causing
any problems for you.
- Your age and other medical
- Whether you are able to take good care of your wisdom
tooth and the surrounding teeth every day with proper brushing or