Wisdom teeth may sound fancy and important, but we actually don’t need them. Some people never even have them come in, while many end up getting them removed at some point in their life. So why do we have them in the first place? And what’s in store for their future? Let’s take a quick look at how evolution is changing wisdom teeth!
Here’s the common hypothesis when it comes to how wisdom teeth first went “out of fashion”: Back in the day, before our ancestors had tools around to break up their food, it was important to have strong teeth with large chewing surfaces. Then when tools came on the scene and humans began to farm, their diet changed from lots of course food like wild roots and meats to include more soft, produced foods like wheat and milk. Over time, having those extra molars just became less and less important.
Due to these changes in lifestyle and evolution, human jaw sizes have become smaller throughout the years. Because of this, there often isn’t enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth to come in properly. That’s why so many people have to get them removed before they cause crowding and crookedness with other teeth.
As this evolutionary trend continues, one study suggests that one day in the future, wisdom teeth will evolve away completely based on a mathematical formula that predicts the growth of teeth.
Affordable Wisdom Teeth Removal
Until that day comes, however, people may still need to get those third molars removed to save themselves from some trouble down the line. If your wisdom teeth are giving you problems and you’re ready to say goodbye to them, contact us at Stono Dental Care. We provide gentle, affordable wisdom teeth removal from our dental practice in Johns Island.Contact Us