Wisdom Teeth

  • Wisdom teeth are so named because of the age when they usually grow in. Wisdom teeth are referred to as third molars. The third molars do not start to grow out until the patient’s dental arch becomes larger. This is around the age of 18-25, which is a time also referred to commonly as the “age of wisdom”.
  • Most wisdom teeth have to be removed.
  • Some people are born without wisdom teeth. 35% of the population is born without wisdom teeth. Researchers debate whether this is evolution or culture. Humans no longer need these teeth for survival;
  • Wisdom teeth can produce stem cells – Japanese researchers found in 2008 that induced pluripotent stem cells can be harvested from wisdom teeth.
  • Nine out of ten people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. When there isn’t enough room for a tooth to enter the mouth fully, it is called “impacted.”