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What happens if you never get your wisdom teeth pulled out?

I am a 27 year old male. I had all of my wisdom teeth removed. What happens if you never get your wisdom teeth pulled out?

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The consequences of not having the wisdom teeth removed varies for each individual and is mostly dependent on the development of ones mouth. Wisdom teeth (third molars) are of major concern when they only partially come into the mouth or do not not come in to the mouth at all. Because they are so far back, they make it difficult to maintain. Many individuals don't floss or brush properly on a daily basis the teeth that they can see. In my years of clinical practice, I highly recommend their removal early in life to create a more healthy environment.
Nothing happens if they are in their right position and functioning well.
This depends if the wisdom teeth are impacted in the bone, which may lead to a cyst around the tooth. Sometimes if it's partially erupted and difficult to clean, the tooth in front may get decayed. Proper diagnosis with digital images is key to proper treatment.
The need for wisdom teeth removal is different from patient to patient. If the patient has proper eruption of the wisdom teeth and has access to keeping them clean, then they do not need to be extracted. However, in cases of impaction, poor oral hygiene, jaw pain, etc. It is best to see a dentist for consultation for removal.

If you do not get your wisdom teeth out there are a couple of outcomes that are possible. One of those outcomes can be absolutely nothing. As long as your wisdom teeth are not problematic in the rest of your life, then nothing will happen. However, if you do not get them taken out and they do cause a problem (a cavity or gum issue), then you may have to have them out later in life, which is usually harder to remove and the recovery may be a little more difficult. This is the downside of waiting till later in life to have a problematic wisdom tooth take out.
Hope this helps you.

Best of luck to you!

William F. Scott IV, DMD