Our third molars, or wisdom teeth, start to appear in our late teens and early 20s, a time when we’re gaining wisdom as we go off to college or enter the workplace. If they come in only part way or not at all, this is called partial or fully impacted wisdom teeth. Generally, the solution is to extract them, and at the dental office of Dr. Glenn Norton in Evansville, we can determine if extraction is right for you.
But in addition to this basic knowledge about your wisdom teeth, there are other interesting facts about them as well:
In some populations in the world, almost no one develops wisdom teeth, while in others nearly 100 percent of the people do develop wisdom teeth! Scientists don’t know why, although several researchers are studying the phenomenon.
Impacted wisdom teeth are an ancient problem – The oldest known impacted wisdom tooth was discovered in a woman who lived approximately 15,000 years ago!
The most important fact about wisdom teeth is that if you experience any pain or soreness, call our dental office in Evansville as soon as possible. Additionally, keeping up with regular dental visits can help us determine if there are any potential problems with your wisdom teeth, even if they haven’t come in yet. If you’re due for a dental checkup, give us a call at our Evansville dentist today!