Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

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Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

At Ardas Family Dental, located in Parker, CO, Dr. Roopi Kattaura treats patients with all kinds of dental problems. This includes the care and removal of those pesky wisdom teeth. But what exactly are wisdom teeth and why do we have them? We’ll go into all the details you’ve always wanted to know about in this blog. If you or a loved one need a wisdom tooth extraction, schedule an appointment with us today.

Your wisdom teeth are the last group to come in, known as the third molars. They are in the back on both the top and bottom. There is no modern-day use or advantage to having wisdom teeth. They are called vestigial structures, meaning that they are leftover evolutionary features. Once upon a time, wisdom teeth were helpful for our ancestors. Wisdom teeth helped our ancestors chew rougher foods like reed plants and sticks. Because food was much harder to eat, teeth would wear down and fall out. Wisdom teeth worked to replace these weakened areas.

With the advancement of dental care and technology, along with changes to our diets and cooking abilities, we don’t require wisdom teeth. That doesn’t mean the replacements won’t grow in anyways. Leaving in your wisdom teeth leads to overcrowding, infection, nerve damage, and crookedness.

Ardas Family Dental is located in Parker, CO. To learn more about wisdom teeth or schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Roopi Kattaura by calling 720-459-8420. You can also visit her website at https://www.ardasfamilydental.com/.