Wisdom teeth are nicknamed for the timeframe that they grow into a person’s mouth. People usually get their wisdom teeth between the ages of 17 and 22, after they are no longer considered a child.
Wisdom teeth do not serve a purpose for people nowadays. There is a theory that wisdom teeth served people better in prehistoric times when people had to chew tough plants to get their nutrients. If their teeth fell out then the wisdom teeth could grow in to replace them.
35% of people don’t actually have wisdom teeth. Are you one of them? This is likely due to evolution and the fact that humans don’t need them anymore. People that do have wisdom teeth could have any variation of 1-4 of them. Some people only have 2 while other people have all 4 of their wisdom teeth. Do you know how many you have, or had?
85% of wisdom teeth have to be removed at some point due to being impacted. That means that only 15% of wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Which one are you? Many people wait until their wisdom teeth are impacted before they have them extracted. Others have them extracted early on to avoid the risk of their wisdom teeth becoming impacted and possibly having a more difficult surgery.
Have them checked and don’t leave a ticking time bomb in your mouth!
Source: TWMOHW, Taiwan Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
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