Do You Really Need To Remove Your Wisdom Teeth?

African American man smiling with white teethTo pull or not to pull your wisdom teeth, that is the question. While many believe that wisdom teeth removal is a necessity, that’s not always the case.

In fact, whether or not you need to have your chompers pulled depends on several factors including formation, position, and overall health of the tooth. You may be asking yourself, ‘Then why did my dentist suggest having them pulled?’ According to experts, this suggestion is based on age-old assumptions that once fully formed, wisdom teeth can cause serious problems.

Dr. Cherae Farmer-Dixon, DDS, MSPH, dean and professor of Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, typically tells her patients, “If the wisdom teeth are not bothering you, don’t bother them.”

Of course, “not bothering you” must be put into context Dr. Farmer-Dixon cautions. It’s possible, she explained during a recent interview with (below),”They could not be bothering you, but because of how they’re positioned over time they could have bone resorption and cause problems down the road.” Dental x-rays are the only way to know what’s really going on with your wisdom teeth.