Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need Extraction?


Did you know that wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, can lead to serious problems with your smile? In order to avoid these complications, we can often gently and comfortably remove them using dental extraction. Why do wisdom teeth need extraction? Is this required for implant placement?

Try Our Wisdom Teeth Extraction Quiz

  1. True or False: Third molars arrive as we enter adulthood.

  2. True or False: They can lead to impaction.

  3. True or False: We may need to perform the procedure prior to implant placement.

  4. True or False: We can also remove damaged teeth.

Answer Key

  1. True. They typically erupt when a patient enters his/her late teens or early 20s.

  2. True. Our mouths can accommodate 28 teeth comfortably, but the wisdom teeth push that number to 32. As a result, the teeth may only partially erupt, leading to impaction. When a tooth is impacted, this can lead to misalignment, infection, or damaged teeth, causing serious discomfort. When possible, we try to remove these teeth before they even arrive.

  3. True. In some cases, the presence of the third molars can impact our ability to place a dental implant to address tooth loss. We can remove them carefully and safely, allowing us to proceed with the implant placement.

  4. True. If a tooth becomes severely damaged, so much so that a crown couldn’t repair it, we may remove it. In addition, a serious infection that can no longer be treated with a root canal may be reason to remove a tooth. If you have any questions about the extraction process or about wisdom teeth, then please contact our office today.


We can remove your third molars to protect the health and appearance of your smile. To schedule a consultation, call Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987. We also proudly serve patients from Navarro County, TX, and the surrounding communities, including Corsicana, Mildred, Eureka, Ennis, Fairfield, Teague, Blooming Grove, Dawson, Hubbard, Hillsboro, Mexia, Groesbeck, Kerens, Malakoff, Rice, Centerville, Buffalo, and Athens.