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What Happens if You Don’t Remove Your Wisdom Teeth?

A model showing upper and lower wisdom teeth growing in at odd angles.

Your wisdom teeth are located far back in your mouth past your molars. For most people, these teeth erupt when they’re between 17-25 years old. You can have up to four wisdom teeth, but some people are missing a few or even all their wisdom teeth. If your wisdom teeth don’t grow in like normal molars, what happens if you don’t get them out? Here are four consequences.

Tooth Damage

The size of the human jaw has evolved over time. In the past, wisdom teeth fit without much trouble. However, for most people now, there isn’t enough room for these extra teeth. When wisdom teeth erupt, they crowd the other nearby teeth, causing shifting and even damage.


Wisdom teeth are tricky to clean. Reaching that far back with a brush and getting all the angles is a real challenge. This makes these teeth more vulnerable to decay. Additionally, wisdom teeth often grow in at odd angles making them extra difficult to keep clean. You can end up with more cavities if you don’t get your wisdom teeth removed.


As a result of more cavities, wisdom teeth are also more vulnerable to infections which can lead to severe pain, bad breath, and other health problems. If untreated, infections can spread and cause serious issues. Infections can also develop if there isn’t enough room for your wisdom teeth to emerge. Wisdom teeth that become impacted are more likely to get infected.


Cysts are fluid or pus-filled sacs that form in the soft tissue of your mouth or next to a tooth in the jawbone. When your wisdom teeth are impacted, cysts can develop. If they burst, cysts can damage your teeth, jawbone, and even nerves.

Wisdom Tooth Removal in Prosper, TX

Not everyone needs their wisdom teeth removed. However, if you’re experiencing discomfort, pain, or any changes with your wisdom teeth, come visit 380 Smiles Dental. Dr. Patel is an experienced dentist who can determine if you need your wisdom teeth removed. Getting them removed may seem intimidating, but we’re committed to your safety and comfort. Please contact us with any questions or to set up an appointment!

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