Tyler Williams, D.D.S.
It depends on the position of the tooth, if it erupt upward in a correct position, then it is fine to leave it. However, if it erupts at an angle (causing the impaction with front tooth), then my advice is to remove it. So, the best thing to do is to visit your dentist and have a proper check-up and consultation, then decide the treatment.
Dr. Chun-I Lee
Thanks for asking, hope this helps.
1) Does your wisdom tooth have enough room to erupt completely or will it remain partially impacted? Many people do not have enough room for a wisdom tooth to fully erupt.
2) Is there an eruption cyst involved?
3) Will it be easy to keep clean?
4) Is there decay present?
5) Once erupted, will it occlude with a tooth in the opposing arch? If the opposing tooth is completely missing, then you risk over-eruption of the existing wisdom tooth.
6) If you are dealing with a lower wisdom tooth, are it’s roots wrapped around the inferior dental nerve?
You can see by the answer that an X-ray or at least a physical exam is required to determine the need for extraction. Please see a dentist to have an X-ray taken to determine the need for an extraction.
Carrol Fenn, DDS
Usually, wisdom teeth don’t have to be removed if there’s no pathology associated with their eruption. However, to give you a proper answer you would first have to be assessed by a doctor during your regular exam and check up.
All the best.