Why Don't You Need Your Wisdom Teeth?

Also referred to as third molars, wisdom teeth can start to form as early as age 12 and start to erupt by age 25. Are you wondering why your oral surgeon in San Diego may advise wisdom tooth removal? If so, then watch this video to learn why you don’t need these teeth.

When left in place, wisdom teeth can become impacted, weaken the jaw bone, get infected, form cysts, and cause other issues. The jaws of human ancestors we large enough to comfortably hold these third molars that helped with chewing and grinding. Now that most people cook their food, having wisdom teeth doesn’t offer many benefits. Furthermore, because human jaw size has reduced over time, many individuals who develop these molars lack the space in their mouths for them to fit properly and must have them removed.