The answer to this question is: “it depends.” Each person and situation is different. If you are not currently experiencing pain or crowding, your dentist may recommend removing your wisdom teeth to avoid those types of problems in the future, based on what they see on your x-rays, as well as their professional and clinical experience. Wisdom teeth can move very slowly, so problems can sometimes take years to develop. Also, as we get older, wisdom tooth extraction can become more complicated and painful, and may require the services of an oral surgeon. Your dentist may recommend removing your wisdom teeth before they become a problem or even a dental emergency in the future.