In dentistry we refer to this teeth as third molars as they are the 3rd molar back from the front of your face. Also, they have been referred to as teeth of wisdom since the Seventeenth Century and simply wisdom teeth since the Nineteenth Century.
The third molars generally appear much later than other teeth, usually between the ages of 17 and 25 when a person reaches adulthood. It is generally thought that third molars erupt when a person matures and start the adulthood, in this way, they are wiser than when other teeth have erupted.
The reason why wisdom teeth have the most notoriety is due to the fact that so many of us have had them out.
There are few different ideas as to why we have third molars:
- One theory is that these teeth come from our ancestors that had longer jaws and could accommodate this extra tooth as the jaw reached adulthood.
- Another theory is that we would require this tooth to erupt in the past to replace a tooth we would have lost during development from overuse.
Either way today it is the most common tooth for most of us to be missing.
Fun fact: if you were born without a wisdom tooth you might be able to claim that you are more evolved than the rest of us.
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