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Proactive Wisdom Tooth Removal: Pros and Cons 

Should you consider proactive wisdom tooth removal, or are you better off waiting until you have problems before having your third molars pulled?


In most cases, oral surgeons and dentists recommend the proactive removal of wisdom teeth. However, before making this decision, discuss the pros and cons with your oral surgeon.

What Are the Advantages of Proactive Wisdom Tooth Removal?

Chances are, you have heard friends and family members complain about their wisdom teeth. These complaints are so common because the third molars are known to cause issues, particularly painful ones.

For many patients, the teeth become impacted, unable to push through the gums. Other patients have poor positioning, which causes the third molars to push against the nearby teeth as they grow in. And because the back of the mouth is notoriously difficult to clean, keeping your wisdom teeth increases your risk of gum disease. Without treatment, gum disease can lead to future tooth loss.

Proactive removal of the wisdom teeth helps prevent future tooth and gum problems. And the better your oral health, the less often you need to see your local oral surgeon — which means preemptive pulling could save you both time and money.

What Are the Disadvantages of Proactive Wisdom Tooth Removal?

For some patients, the third molars erupt without a problem — they’re not impacted, and they don’t affect tooth alignment. Since everyone only gets one set of permanent adult teeth in their lifetime, removing healthy and strong molars isn’t always the best approach.

And every surgery, including basic tooth extraction, carries some degree of risk. Although complications rarely occur, some patients may develop an infection or suffer nerve damage. If the rewards of having the wisdom teeth pulled don’t outweigh the risks, your oral surgeon may not recommend the procedure.

Should You Have Your Wisdom Teeth Pulled?

Chances are, getting your wisdom teeth pulled now would be better than taking the wait-and-see approach to tooth extraction.

That said, every patient has unique dental anatomy and oral health considerations. To determine whether you should plan and schedule a wisdom tooth extraction, consult with your oral surgeon.

If you still have your third molars and you live in the greater Salt Lake City area, make an appointment with Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah. Our board-certified oral surgeons, Dr. Partridge and Dr. Maxfield, are specialists in wisdom tooth management and can offer expert advice on the best approach to preserve your future oral health.

With northern Utah offices in Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan and Tooele, making an appointment with the professional team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah couldn’t be easier. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss proactive wisdom tooth removal.

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