When Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Often, it can feel like you or your teenage child are being pressured to immediately remove wisdom teeth, even when these so-called “third molars” are not causing any noticeable problems.

Why is this the case? What are the specific reasons, and what is the optimal timing for extracting these third molars?

Reasons to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

When the third molars don’t have sufficient space to emerge or come in at an angle, they can cause various issues. Impacted wisdom teeth may lead to pain, swelling, infection, or damage to neighbouring teeth. In some cases, they can cause cysts or damage to the jawbone.

Dentists can monitor the development of wisdom teeth through X-rays and clinical examinations. If potential problems are identified, extraction may be recommended to prevent complications and maintain oral health.

When Is the Best Time for Removal?

The optimal time to get wisdom teeth removed varies, but it is often in the late teens to early twenties. The third molars typically start emerging during this period, between ages 15 and 22.

Early removal can simplify extraction, as roots are not fully formed, and the recovery tends to be smoother. Regular dental checkups are essential for sufficient monitoring of wisdom teeth development and timely decision-making on whether removal is necessary.

Does Everyone Need to Get These Teeth Removed?

There is a considerable risk for wisdom teeth to be impacted, and early extraction can avoid later complications. However, only some people need to have these teeth taken out.

Decisions about extraction should be individualised, considering the specific circumstances and professional advice. It depends on factors such as the size of the jaw, available space for the teeth to emerge properly, teeth alignment, and more.

Contact Us Now for a Professional Evaluation

Schedule an evaluation with one of our dentists to determine if your teen’s wisdom teeth require removal.


Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

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