Wisdom Teeth

What are wisdom teeth?

Third molars are commonly referred to as wisdom teeth. They are usually the last teeth to develop and are located in the back of your mouth, behind your second molars. Their development is usually completed between the middle teenage years and early twenties, a time traditionally associated with the onset of maturity and the attainment of wisdom.
 

Why do we have wisdom teeth?

Just several hundred years ago, the size and shape of a human face was different than today. Our diet was “straight from the farm”, so we needed big jaws, strong chewing muscles and lots of teeth. Over time, our jaws lost size as we started eating softer, prepared foods.

But the genes controlling the development of the size and shape of our face are different than those controlling the number and size of our teeth. At this point, these sets of genes are a bit out of synch: many humans find themselves with 32 teeth that will not quite fit into their jaws!

Since wisdom teeth are the last to erupt, they frequently lack the space necessary for proper alignment. There is evidence that wisdom teeth are slowly being eliminated from the gene pool – a number of families have relatives missing one or more wisdom teeth.

Early Man Skull
Modern Man Skull

 

If you need to have your wisdom teeth removed call us at North Sound Oral Surgery Phone Number 206-542-1313 to schedule your wisdom teeth consultation with Dr. Hooe.

Call North Sound Oral Surgery Phone Number 206-542-1313 to schedule your wisdom teeth consultation.
To read more about wisdom teeth view our informative pages below.