The Dreaded Wisdom Teeth

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A typical kid should have 28 permanent teeth by the time he reaches 13 years old. However, between 17 and 25 at least four more will appear. These will grow at the rear part of the jaw that most people don’t even notice these exist until the dentists mention it.

These teeth are commonly known as the wisdom teeth or the third molars. These are dreaded by children and adults alike because they can be painful and even affect or damage other teeth around them.  However, if wisdom teeth are mere trouble makers, why have these in the first place?

Wisdom teeth are considered as evolutionary relics that are scientifically noted as vestigial organs. Vestigial organs once served a purpose in the human’s body, but diminished as humans evolved through time. Our ancestors’ diet was mostly leafy plants, raw meat, and roots, which required more chewing.

As humans adapted, the jaws became smaller because of their diet. People discovered fire and learned to soften food by cooking, requiring less chewing. A Concord dentist, alongside other medical practitioners, can attest that when diet became easier to consume, there was no need for other teeth, so the jaws left them no space to grow on, making it necessary for their removal.

These teeth indeed served an important purpose, but lost their original function through time. Wisdom teeth, however, are unique, because not all people get them unlike other vestigial organs like the appendix and body hair. Only about 65% of the world population gets them. For some people, wisdom teeth appear and harmlessly stay in the oral cavity. However, for majority of dental patients, a dentist Concord residents have can attest that uttering of the words “wisdom teeth” causes shudders.

Lastly, a dentist Concord residents have will require the removal of wisdom teeth through regular tooth extraction or surgery before problems develop. Most dentists do this to prevent more complicated extraction and before patients suffer the wrath of a rotten tooth. Removal of wisdom teeth in younger people is easier because the roots are not yet fully developed and bones are less dense, unlike extracting from adults. For older people, recovery and healing will take a lot longer.

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This article was published on 2011/11/01