10 FUN FACTS ABOUT WISDOM TEETH
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are a fascinating part of oral health. What were once vital to our survival in ancient times are now so unnecessary they are often removed before they can cause damage. Here are 10 fun facts about wisdom teeth:
Wisdom teeth are the only teeth that don’t form in the womb.
Most 20-year-olds still have a wisdom tooth that hasn’t erupted. These third molars sometimes don’t fully erupt until you’re in your 30s!
The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons reports that 85 percent of wisdom teeth will need to be removed at some point.
A surprisingly high number of people are born without wisdom teeth – an estimated 35 percent of the population. Some scientists believe evolution is beginning to play a role now that we don’t need them anymore.
Scientists believe we don’t need wisdom teeth anymore because their purpose was to help chew food that was uncooked or tough in early civilizations. Now that our food is easy to chew and our jaws have shrunk in size, they are more trouble than help.
Wisdom teeth are the last of the 32 adult permanent teeth to erupt.
Wisdom teeth produce stem cells that can be saved and potentially used later in life to help with a number of health-related problems.
Impacted wisdom teeth, or those that can’t erupt completely, don’t just cause problems for your mouth. They can also cause sinus problems.
Studies are currently being done to find a way to stop the development of wisdom teeth since most people need them removed. This would eliminate the need for surgery and prevent complications.
Nine out of 10 people will have at least one impacted wisdom tooth.
Wisdom teeth can become serious problems for most adults – that’s why many dentists recommend having them removed shortly after they erupt. If you have any questions about wisdom tooth removal, or need to schedule an appointment, please call us today at (469)264-8921.