What Happens if I Don’t Remove My Wisdom Teeth?

April 2, 2019 by Union City

There are many rituals and processes that humans share as they age: acne, awkward first dates, unpleasant hairstyles, and the removal of wisdom teeth. While not everyone needs their wisdom teeth cleared, by and large, most end up having to sit in the dentist’s chair and undergo oral surgery to have them removed.

For those who have been issued the command to have the teeth removed, they might not immediately understand why. The teeth aren’t decaying. They don’t feel any pain. So, what’s the point? The idea of oral surgery is nerve-wracking for most people, which is why it is vital to remember that dentists suggest the removal of wisdom teeth for a good reason. Here are a few of those reasons.

Reduced Space

One of the main reasons that dentists suggest removing wisdom teeth is lack of space in the jaw to support all of the teeth. When those wisdom teeth start to grow, they’re going to force the other teeth to shift. This can cause the teeth to become crooked and even overlap. For many who want to have the perfect smile, this isn’t an acceptable look. If an individual waits too long to have their wisdom teeth removed, they may be facing additional elements like braces. This is because the wisdom teeth already sprouted and forced the teeth to shift. They’ll require extra help to straighten their smile once more.


Another reason to have the wisdom teeth removed is that it’s going to cause a whole lot of unnecessary suffering. While the surgery itself isn’t the most comfortable, it’s nothing compared to the endless pain an individual will receive when a wisdom tooth is attempting to sprout through the gums and can’t because another tooth is blocking it.


Wisdom teeth can become infected. This can cause the entire area to become infected and may lead to gum disease and tooth loss. Because wisdom teeth don’t always sprout completely, they are often in danger of developing an infection from an oral bacteria known as pericoronitis. This bacteria can be painful and may even become dangerous.

It’s best to have the wisdom teeth removed and spare oneself the unnecessary pain and drama.

Know When to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

A dentist can tell you when it’s time to remove your wisdom teeth, but only a dental surgeon can do the procedure. It’s important to pick a medical professional you feel comfortable with. At Union City Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, clients are our priority. Dr. Nancy Herbst, DDS has more than 25 years of experience helping patients with everything from wisdom tooth removal to dental implants. Call today at 201-601-9262 to speak to a professional about getting your wisdom teeth removed, or fill out our contact form.

Union City Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, P.C.

Nancy Herbst, DDS

311 33rd StreetUnion City, NJ 07087

Phone: 201-601-9262

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