X -Ray of wisdom teethWisdom teeth are the extra molars that start to grow in during the teen and young adult years. They’re the cause of thousands of surgeries a year and can cause a great deal of damage if they do grow in. If you’ve had your wisdom teeth grow in you know how grueling this process can be.

I’m sure you’re wondering why do we even have these teeth if they only cause damage? We’ve got the answers for you!

What’s The Purpose of Wisdom Teeth?

Our ancestors didn’t have the luxury of processed and soft foods like we have today. They were forced to hunt and gather their food. We believe their diet consisted of harder foods than we’re used to.

Your jaw is similar to all other muscles in the body. If you exercise it growing up, it will also grow to be big. We believe that our ancestors had a much larger jaw than we have now, allowing for wisdom teeth to grow in and be put to use on the harder food.

In today’s day and age, we aren’t using our jaw muscle nearly as much for it to grow the size it once was. This results in having no space or need for our wisdom teeth to grow in.

Wisdom Tooth Pain

If you’re experiencing pain in the back of your mouth there’s a good chance it’s from your wisdom teeth. In some cases, wisdom teeth can shift your pre-existing teeth if there isn’t enough space. In other cases, they can grow in sideways, and in the rarest of cases they grow in perfectly fine! Your best bet is to go to your local dentist to get X-rays and discuss your options. If you’re experiencing wisdom tooth pain, contact Stetson Hills Dental today!