How do I know if my wisdom teeth should be removed?

There are a number of reasons wisdom teeth should be removed. Wisdom teeth may become painful, infected, cause decay or bone loss on the adjacent teeth, or even cause cysts or tumors in the jaw. Waiting until they become painful is not a good idea. You don’t wait until a heart attack to treat high blood pressure. Your dentist or Dr. Goulston should evaluate the wisdom teeth to see if you would benefit from their removal.