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SHOULD I GET MY WISDOM TEETH REMOVED?

Updated: Apr 28



Wisdom tooth removal is typically not recommended if the teeth have fully erupted out of the gums and occlude against the teeth in the opposing jaw. Your dentist may recommend their removal if they have decay (cavities) or periodontal disease, are impacted, if they are causing pain, or if their position prevents adequate oral hygiene.


Wisdom tooth removal is usually not necessary for orthodontic treatment. In rare circumstances, when the wisdom teeth are malpositioned or are having a negative effect on the adjacent teeth, your orthodontist may recommend their removal prior to treatment. 

Some orthodontic patients are concerned that wisdom tooth eruption after the conclusion of orthodontic treatment will cause shifting of the teeth. However, the literature has shown that wisdom tooth eruption after the conclusion of orthodontic treatment has not been proven to cause relapse of tooth movement (Rupp 2000 and Zawawi 2014).



Rupp, R.. “Orthodontic relapse and the mandibular third molar: a literature review.” General dentistry 48 3 (2000): 344-6 .


Zawawi, Khalid H, and Marcello Melis. “The role of mandibular third molars on lower anterior teeth crowding and relapse after orthodontic treatment: a systematic review.” TheScientificWorldJournal vol. 2014 (2014): 615429. doi:10.1155/2014/615429

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