Why We Have Wisdom Teeth and Why We Need Oral Surgery to Remove Them
Every year, millions of people undergo oral surgery to remove their wisdom teeth. For most young adults, wisdom teeth removal is a right of passage. Because wisdom teeth removal is so common, many people wonder why we have wisdom teeth in the first place. Today, Lynn Dental Care explains why we have wisdom teeth and why oral surgery is necessary to remove them.
Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that start developing around your tenth birthday and usually emerge around the age of 17. Scientists believe that wisdom teeth are an evolutionary response to our ancestor’s diet which consisted of uncooked, rough food like leaves, nuts, roots, and meat. Before humans began cooking, we needed an extra set of molars to help us chew and digest our food.
Why Do We Remove Wisdom Teeth?
As human evolution continued, wisdom teeth became essentially useless. The foods in our diets softened as we began cooking and our jaws gradually shrunk, leaving less room for an extra set of molars. Today, not everyone develops wisdom teeth, but for those who still do, wisdom teeth can be a nuisance and a danger to keep, overcrowding the mouth and causing infections. Because of the inconveniences and dangers of keeping wisdom teeth, oral surgery is now needed to remove them.
What if I Choose Not to Remove My Wisdom Teeth?
Some people simply do not have enough room in their mouth to support wisdom teeth and must have them removed immediately. Other people may have enough room in their mouth, but orthodontists will still recommend oral surgery. Keeping wisdom teeth, even if there is enough room in your mouth, increases your risk of developing oral health problems in the future. When wisdom teeth grow, they can become easily infected and cause illness. Even if your wisdom teeth grow in properly, they can be difficult to brush, leading to bacteria growth. Later in life, wisdom teeth can decay and will have to be removed anyway. For this reason, many orthodontists recommend oral surgery earlier in life.
Oral Surgery at Lynn Dental Care
For most people, it is necessary to remove wisdom teeth through oral surgery. If you currently have your wisdom teeth and you are wondering if you need oral surgery, contact Lynn Dental Care. Located in Dallas, Texas, we offer a range of services including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, TMJ treatment, and more. To learn more about our services or set up an oral surgery consultation, contact us today!