Do I have to get my wisdom teeth out if they don’t hurt?

The decision to get your wisdom teeth extracted is entirely up to you and your dentist. Many people make the decision to remove their wisdom teeth because their erupting teeth are causing significant amount of pain, crowding, and other issues. Others decide to remove their wisdom teeth because the extra molar makes cleaning and flossing their teeth more difficult and may lead to frequent infections and cysts.

If you don’t have any wisdom tooth pain or complications, you still may wish to consider having your third molars removed. Over time, wisdom teeth can damage your gums, teeth, roots, and even jawbone. In addition, removing wisdom teeth is easier when you are younger, before the surrounding bone has hardened and before the roots are fully developed.