Wisdom teeth typically emerge between the ages of 17 and 25. There are potential health risks associated with not getting them removed. Although the health risks do not affect everyone, you should discuss them with the dentist. Here are the risks of not getting wisdom teeth removal:


One of the primary health risks of not getting wisdom teeth removed is an increased risk of gum disease. Wisdom teeth often emerge partially or impacted, meaning they do not fully erupt through the gums. This can create gum tissue pockets around the tooth, making cleaning difficult. As a result, bacteria can accumulate in these pockets, leading to infection and inflammation.

Gum or periodontal disease can cause symptoms such as swollen and bleeding gums, bad breath, and, eventually, tooth loss. Removing impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth reduces the risk of gum disease and helps maintain optimal oral health.


Wisdom teeth can exert pressure on adjacent teeth when they do not have sufficient space to grow properly. This pressure can cause shifting, misalignment, or damage to the surrounding teeth.

Crowding can occur, leading to a compromised bite and potential difficulties with oral hygiene. Removing wisdom teeth minimizes the risk of damaging neighboring teeth. Doing this will preserve the alignment and integrity of the overall dental arch.


If there is insufficient space in the jaw for wisdom teeth to emerge properly, they can contribute to a crowded smile. The emergence of wisdom teeth can disrupt the alignment of existing teeth, leading to overcrowding and misalignment.

This can impact the appearance of your smile and may necessitate orthodontic treatment to realign the teeth. By removing wisdom teeth on time, you reduce the risk of a crowded smile and preserve the natural alignment of your teeth.


In some cases, impacted wisdom teeth can cause damage to the jawbone. As wisdom teeth attempt to emerge, they may exert pressure on the jawbone, leading to cyst formation or bone resorption.

This can weaken the jaw and potentially cause structural issues. Removing impacted wisdom teeth helps prevent potential damage to the jawbone and maintains the overall health and stability of the jaw. Come to our dentist to get your wisdom teeth removed.

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