When Don’t You Need Wisdom Teeth Removal?

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Dentist Examining Little Boys Teeth --- Image by © Royalty-Free/CorbisThe third molars are a problem for many a young person. They cause a dull pain as they burst through the gums.

And if they come up at a bad angle it can lead to dental surgery. A wisdom tooth removalcan lead to dry socket and further complications. The best way to avoid these problems is to not have the procedure carried out in the first place.

Some dentists have been known to jump the gun and recommend wisdom teeth extraction when there’s no need. Removal of the third molar should be considered a last resort. It’s always better to keep the teeth, if at all possible.

Here are four scenarios where you shouldn’t opt for wisdom tooth extraction.

Healthy Teeth

A common reason why dental practitioners decide to remove wisdom teeth is because they aren’t healthy. They might have a crack in them or an infection.

In some cases, they might recommend removal simply because there’s the risk of damage or an infection. This is rarely a good idea because more often than not the teeth are perfectly fine.


If your teeth have fully erupted, there’s no reason why they should need extracting. Once a tooth fully breaks through the gums, it becomes just like a normal tooth. Extraction shouldn’t happen unless it’s under extreme circumstances.

Yet some dentists have a belief they can overfill the mouth and cause damage to other teeth. This isn’t the case. The fact is our mouths are naturally designed to hold the third molars.

They can only damage other teeth and warrant a wisdom tooth removal if they’re growing against nearby teeth, otherwise their growth is perfectly natural and healthy.

Wrong Position

If your third molars have erupted completely, there are cases where they might need removing. The main case is if they’re wrongly positioned. They have grown at an angle but haven’t been obstructed by nearby teeth. It’s usually down to the discretion of the dentist.

Their presence might not harm your oral health, but it might be uncomfortable if they don’t bite down properly. Your dentist will take a mould and an x-ray of your teeth to confirm you’re biting correctly.

The wrong position doesn’t always mean they need removing. Bear this in mind.

Can Be Cleaned

Patients have their teeth removed because they’re put at risk of infection. An infection could spread to other teeth and cause damage to the gums and the bone underneath. An infection usually only happens because they can’t be cleaned using daily hygiene practices.

Cleanliness is so important when managing your teeth. Your dentist might be able to clean a tooth, but it doesn’t mean you can. If it’s angled in such a way that you can clean it, but it’s still at risk of infection, there’s no reason why you can’t keep the molar and turn down the surgery.

In such a scenario, the decision is up to you. It’s recommended you avoid the surgery purely to escape from the potential complications which come with every surgery.

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Jack is a professional dental health expert who provides his knowledge for the benefit of WisdomTeethRemoval.com. He recommends learning more about wisdom teeth before opting for surgery. Click here to visit the website.


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