Have you ever wondered what would happen if your wisdom teeth did not erupt in your mouth at all? You would lose all the wisdom, isn’t it? That’s what many of them believe. But the fact is that, there is no relationship between wisdom and your third molar eruption. The third molars usually erupt in the oral cavity between the ages of 16 to 23 years on an average. But sometimes, they fail to erupt normally, or erupt either partially or in an abnormal position. In these cases, it is difficult to clean that last tooth which can lead to caries, gum problems, infection and pain. The pain from the third molars can radiate from the gum to the ear. Sometimes the third molars do not erupt at all. The reason for this is the small size of the jaws or differently angulated tooth. The primitive human beings survived on raw food like meat and uncooked vegetables. The man evolved from the apes and the most primitive man had large jaws with big teeth to chew the crude food. Food habits and life styles changed. Through evolution, the jaw size started becoming smaller and smaller as we are surviving mostly on refined foods and we do not need lot of grinding of food like our ancestors. So our teeth are smaller in size and so our jaws. The third molars sometimes may not have enough space in these small jaws. In such conditions. It is advised to get them removed. The third molars do not have any role in chewing the food. The third molars can be extracted routinely as a measure to prevent infection and pain.
Experience is what makes you wise, not any tooth…Right?