Wisdom teeth got their name because of the age most commonly associated with them
The reason why they are called “Wisdom Teeth” is because of the average age by which they appear, which is during your late teens or early twenties, or on occasion when you are a bit older. There’s nothing smart about how they usually come in, though. Most of the time, you’ll experience crowding and improper positioning along with an impacted tooth, which leads to oral surgery in order to have your wisdom teeth removed.
If you are one of the lucky people that don’t get your wisdom teeth in and never experience a problem, then thank your lucky stars! However, if you are one of the many who get their wisdom teeth in, then the good news is, your final molars have arrived. The bad news is, they’re more than likely going to hurt like the dickens when crowding problems occur!
We know about the fact that wisdom teeth can be painful until extracted, but here are 5 surprising facts about wisdom teeth that you probably didn’t know, until now!
- As far as we know, the oldest impacted wisdom tooth dates back approximately 15,000 years ago. They belonged to a woman from Europe. Her remains were found in a little over 100 years ago in 1911. Her wisdom teeth had stopped growing before breaking the gum line and were diagnosed as impacted. This tells us that the poor woman lived with some pretty bad oral pain!
- Wisdom teeth are the only teeth that are not formed in the womb. Now, researchers are attempting to find a solution to keep wisdom teeth from growing altogether. This is based on the fact that the majority of humans will opt to have oral surgery in order to remove the wise molars.
- Stem cells can be produced by wisdom teeth. That’s right! Japanese researchers have been able to make stem cells out of living tissue from wisdom teeth. These stem cells can be turned into a “form-any-cell” state and have amazing regenerative potential, according to William Giannobile, editor of the Journal of Dental Research.
- The most common effect of impacted teeth is periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease is caused by inflammation affecting the hard and soft structures supporting the teeth. The early stages of periodontal disease is referred to as “gingivitis”.
- Common problems with these teeth include Pericoronitis. Pericoronitis is also an inflammation of tissue that comes from a partially erupted wisdom tooth. It mostly affects young adults, which makes sense knowing that we normally have our wisdom teeth pulled by mid-20’s. About 95% of cases in which pericoronitis is present occurs on the lower wisdom teeth.
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