What are wisdom teeth? And what is the point of them if most people just get them removed? Per American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, an estimated 85% of wisdom teeth will eventually need to be removed! source
Etymology (word origin): They are generally thought to be called wisdom teeth because they appear so late – much later than the other teeth, at an age where people are presumably “wiser” than as a child, when the other teeth erupt.
A wisdom tooth, in humans, is any of the usual four third molars. Most adults have four wisdom teeth, but it is possible to have fewer, or more. Wisdom teeth commonly affect other teeth as they develop, becoming impacted or “coming in sideways.” They are often extracted when this occurs. About 35% of the population do not develop wisdom teeth at all. source
Several months of questioning a crack in my back molar (which I honestly never thought was a wisdom tooth because my teeth are so little/I didn’t care,) led to said tooth giving me serious pain this past Sunday and cracking even more by Sunday night.
Thanks to a day off and an open appointment at the dentist, I am scheduled to have that wisdom tooth removed this Saturday at an “oral surgeon”; all I hear is BIG needles, Novocaine, laughing gas (Nitrous Oxide) and pliers.
Per my lovely Croatian dentist with a 14-letter last name, MY wisdom teeth decided to grow in with cavities– when was she planning on telling me this? I’ve been going to her for years! Because my cavities weren’t deep when the wisdom teeth first grew in, neither bottom teeth were filled.
And well… we all know what eventually happens to teeth with cavities that aren’t filled right? My right bottom one is falling apart, and is cracked under my gum line.
…and yes I snagged a pic of the xray panel. Bad news bears right?
Wish me luck! I’ll be sure to tweet and blog post-“surgery” — should be VERY interesting.
Share your wisdom teeth stories below and with this hashtag #wisdomteeth, I’m sure there are some interesting one’s out there!