Why Do Wisdom Teeth Still Grow if They Are All Taken Out?
Posted on 1/30/2020 by Jasmine Marshall
We have a funny story for you. Did you know that it is possible to have more than four wisdom teeth? It is. In fact, it is possible to have a lot of teeth duplicated throughout your mouth.
Just because you have your set of wisdom teeth taken out does not mean that all of them are gone. Do you have questions about how you can have wisdom teeth removed and still have some in your mouth? We have some answers.
Wisdom teeth are actually your third set of molars. Ordinarily, you have two sets of molars in the back of your mouth. However, many people also have a third set of molars that come in after the first two sets. They are called “wisdom teeth” because they come in last, when you are supposedly older and wiser. In the past, humans really needed that third set of molars in order to grind up and chew all of their food.
Food was a lot tougher back then, of course, not to mention uncooked. We needed all of our teeth to chew up all of that uncooked food. However, now we cook our food, so that third set of molars isn't as necessary as it used to be.
The Problem Wisdom teeth are generally left alone- until they start causing problems. Usually, people need to get them removed because they are impacted, which means that they are stuck in your gums, or your jawbone. When teeth are impacted, they can cause pain, infection, headaches, jaw pain and ear pain.
Usually, that is when we remove them. The trick is that there are some people who have extra wisdom teeth. These extra teeth- called supernumerary teeth- are not common. About 2% of the people in the United States have extra wisdom teeth, but they do happen.
If you have extra wisdom teeth, you may think that your wisdom teeth “grew back”, but that isn't the case. Instead, these teeth were there all along. If they are causing problems, you'll need to have them removed. Do you have questions about extra teeth? Why not contact us?