Wisdom teeth are the third molars, the very last teeth on the arch. They form during childhood and usually erupt in the mouth around the age of 18. Humans normally have four wisdom teeth (blue pointers). However, some people may have three, two, one or none. These teeth are generally used for biting and chewing. However, since most wisdom teeth do not erupt into the mouth, they usually do not efficiently serve this function.
With evolution, there are several people without wisdom teeth. In effect, as our food becomes softer, two molars are enough for chewing and thus there is limited need for the wisdom teeth.
On a panoramic x-ray of a 6-year-old, we can see that these teeth are starting to form (yellow arrows). At about the age of 12, the crown is formed, and the roots continue to evolve until the child is 17-18 years old, the average age during which the wisdom tooth erupts. When there is enough room, these teeth will grow normally on the arch. However, in some cases, as a result of complications due to
(1) lack of space in the dental arch.
(2) deep caries
(3) potential contact with the gum
There might be a need to extract the wisdom tooth, but before you take any further action, feel free to visit us
There might be a need to extract the wisdom tooth, but before you take any further action, feel free to consult us for further clarity on this subject.
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