Wisdom Teeth Functionality In The Past
As a member of the animal kingdom, humans have teeth which erupt late in life to help replace missing or damaged teeth as a result of use and ageing. Back in the days of the cave-dwellers we had more than one set of wisdom teeth, but have evolved needing fewer and fewer teeth despite the fact that we are living longer.
Teeth are designed to bunch forward and maintain contact with their neighbour to prevent food trapping and improve comfort during function. This paves the way for creating space for teeth to erupt in the posterior of the mouth (wisdom teeth). Our softer diet, however, has meant that less space is created and sometimes there may not be room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth to erupt trouble-free. Commonly the teeth will erupt along the path of least resistance and this can mean that they end up in unfortunate positions. When this happens, you might feel some pain or discomfort, so the best thing to do is to visit your dentist. Wisdom teeth do not always need to be extracted and we are best placed to guide you on their prognosis.
It was not so long ago that wisdom teeth were always removed (often dug out when they were deep in the bone), however, much damage was done to individuals without good reason and thus many horror stories prevail and send fear through many a soul. Rarely do we need to inflict such trauma these days.