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Wisdom teeth are one of the most understood aspects of the dental world. Do you really need them removed? Why do they come in so late? What purpose do they serve?

Because of all the questions surrounding wisdom teeth, there’s a bit of misinformation out there about them. We’ll address the questions mentioned above, and a few others, here in this post.

Do you need them removed?
Most people will need their wisdom teeth removed. Unless your wisdom teeth are perfectly positioned, they’ll likely erupt through the gums sideways, partially, or stay trapped under bone and tissue (that’s called impaction). If that’s the case, then you’ll definitely need the teeth removed. If left in, they can cause infection, disruption in your orthodontics, damage to the jawbone, and tooth decay.

Why do they come in so late?
Wisdom teeth typically appear in adults in the late teens or early 20s. They’re the third molars to grow in, and just take longer than other teeth to fully appear in your mouth.

What purpose do they serve?
According to scienceline.org, many anthropologists believe that our wisdom teeth were an evolutionary answer to our early ancestor’s early diet of course, rough food. This diet required more chewing power and resulted in excessive tooth wear.

If you’re not sure whether you’ll need your wisdom teeth removed, you should visit Dr. Daniel Cannon today for a consultation. We will answer any and all of your wisdom tooth-related questions and help you choose the best course of action based on your current health needs.