Wisdom teeth will grow when you are between the age of 17 and 25 and most of the time, they are not functional. It is important to have your dentist inspect the condition of your wisdom teeth early enough so that if there is a need for removal, it will not be delayed.

Here are some of the reasons your dentist may recommend the removal of your wisdom teeth:

If he notes an incorrect growth

Before your wisdom teeth grow, you will have 28 teeth which will be well spaced in your mouth. With the extra 4 teeth, however, your dentist may note that the teeth no longer fit as they should in your mouth.

This incorrect growth will prompt him to advise you to have the wisdom teeth removed so that the other teeth can be properly aligned.

If the teeth are causing pain or irritation

 If you experience pain in your wisdom teeth, you should visit your dentist. He will advise if you will need to remove them or whether the problem will correct itself with time.

When you find it difficult to eat

At times, wisdom teeth may lead to pain that will make it impossible to eat your meals. You can also discover that whenever you are eating, a lot of food gets stuck on the wisdom teeth.

When you visit a dentist, he will advise you if there is a procedure that can be carried out to solve the issue. If there is none, the only option will be to remove the wisdom teeth so that you can avoid further damage.


Due to their location, it may be difficult to clean your wisdom teeth. This will lead to cavities and if care is not taken, it will affect the other teeth. Your dentist will advise the removal of your wisdom teeth to protect the other teeth.

If your wisdom teeth are not straight

There are times when wisdom teeth will grow in a crooked manner and affect your other teeth. To avoid this, your dentist will recommend their removal.

If you notice any problem in your mouth, it is important to notify your dentist so that he can advise on the best way forward. He will determine if the removal of your wisdom teeth will resolve the issue.