Wisdom Teeth Overview
The average adult has thirty-two teeth by age eighteen: sixteen teeth on the top and sixteen teeth on the bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces while the back teeth, or molar teeth, are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing.
However, the average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are your third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth”.
Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?
Anthropologists believe wisdom teeth were the evolutionary answer to our ancestor’s early diet of coarse, unprocessed food. We needed wisdom teeth for the extra chewing power they provided. Now with modern food and the use of utensils, wisdom teeth are unnecessary for chewing food. Evolution has also shown that over time, our jaws have become relatively smaller in relation to our enlarged cranial vault required for brain development. This imbalance of unnecessary teeth in an environment of less room to erupt into the mouth causes many wisdom teeth to be impacted and not able to erupt fully into the mouth.
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Please remember all of the procedures described here are surgical procedures. These surgical procedures are best performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the only dental specialists who are fully trained in all of these surgical procedures. Dr. Schelkun, Dr. Kienle and Dr. Steinkeler are all fully trained and experienced in these surgical procedures. All doctors in our practice are board certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery and in anesthesia, and have also earned both a medical and a dental degree.
Drs. Schelkun, Kienle and Steinkeler have the only practice in the Delaware Valley/Tri-State area where all of the surgeons have both their medical and dental degrees, and are board certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery and anesthesia, and in which all of our surgical facilities are fully accredited by the Joint Commission. You can be assured that Drs. Schelkun, Kienle and Steinkeler have the best training and experience, along with the proper staff and facilities, to provide you with exceptional safe and comfortable surgical care.
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Wisdom Teeth Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of wisdom teeth, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to wisdom teeth are discussed.