Wisdom teeth got their nickname from the age when they typically grow in.
Wisdom teeth don’t grow out until the dental arch becomes larger, around 17 to 25 years of age. This time is often referred to as the “age of wisdom”.
According to Dr Vu Ngo from Redland Bay Smiles, an estimated 85 per cent of wisdom teeth will eventually need to be removed.
Studies are being conducted to prevent their growth. Wisdom teeth are the only teeth not formed in the womb."Dr Vu Ngo, Redland Bay Smiles
“This can be because the teeth are impacted and difficult to properly clean and the pain can be excruciating,” he said.
Thirty-five percent of the population is born without wisdom teeth. Researchers debate whether this is evolution or culture.
Modern humans no longer need these teeth for survival.
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“Studies are being conducted to prevent their growth. Wisdom teeth are the only teeth not formed in the womb.
“Because most people opt to have surgery to remove their wisdom teeth, researchers are looking into ways to prevent their growth altogether,” he said.
Nine out of ten people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. A tooth becomes impacted when there is not enough room for the tooth to enter the mouth in full function.
“If left alone, this could cause damage to neighbouring teeth or cause infection, so it is important to see your dentist regularly during the ‘age of wisdom’.”
Some dental surgeries may refer you to an oral-maxillo facial surgeon to remove your wisdom teeth.
Dr Vu Ngo and the Redland Bay Smiles team offers the ability to have teeth removed safely in the surgery avoiding the need to visit a hospital.