Wisdom teeth may not need to be extracted if they grow in completely and are still functional, painless, disease-free and have a healthy gum tissue. However, they would require regular cleanings, annual check-ups and X-rays to monitor for any changes.
When a tooth doesn't fully grow in, it's ‘impacted’. An impacted wisdom tooth can damage its neighboring teeth or can even become infected. It can also invite bacteria that lead to gum diseases. The oral bacteria can travel through bloodstream and may lead to infections and other illnesses.
Patient Safety Guidelines
Dr. Georgiev recommends that wisdom teeth should be surgically removed when there are:
- Any infections and/or gum diseases
- Cavities that can’t be restored
- Any Cysts, tumors
- Damaging to neighboring teeth