Wisdom teeth are the third and final sets of molars that usually come in during a person’s late teens and early twenties. It is believed wisdom teeth are leftover from the days when our ancestors had a diet of course, rough food requiring more chewing power. As our diets have evolved, these teeth are no longer necessary.
Often, there’s not enough room in a person’s mouth for wisdom teeth, so they come in crooked or remain trapped beneath the gum tissue both of which can cause extreme discomfort! The American Dental Association recommends people between 16 and 19 have their wisdom teeth evaluated to see if they need to be removed. Even if you’re an adult—call us if you haven’t had yours checked out yet or if you’re in pain!
X-rays during regular dental checkups allow your dentist to follow the progress of your wisdom teeth and detect any trouble. Wisdom teeth are more easily removed in younger patients before the roots are completely developed, so it’s possible your dentist will recommend removal even if the teeth aren’t causing you any problems.
Keep in mind, not all wisdom teeth have to be removed. But you can rest assured, whether you have them or not, they will play no part in how smart you are!