Debunked! Myths About Wisdom Teeth That You Might Be Believing

There might be various things that you may have heard about wisdom tooth from people. We are debunking some myths about wisdom tooth here.

Chanchal Sengar
Written by: Chanchal SengarUpdated at: Nov 16, 2021 12:01 IST
Debunked! Myths About Wisdom Teeth That You Might Be Believing

Our skull has enlarged to accommodate a larger brain, while our jaw has dropped in size. It's all part of the process of evolution. Our dietary has changed throughout centuries, transitioning from coarse and harsh to fibers and soft. Our wisdom teeth are becoming less significant. Different people have different dental health but what is most common is myths that we fall for. There are so many myths about wisdom teeth that refrain people from taking the right step. In this article, Dr. Neetika Modi- Director & Dental Surgeon at Studio Aesthetique Clinic is busting some common myths about wisdom teeth. Read on and boost your knowledge.

“I believe wisdom teeth will eventually vanish from our mouths a few generations down the road. Our ancestors had three chewing molars to aid in the processing of the raw, uncooked food they ate. With two molars, today's diet can be chewed. Although we inherit our jaw and teeth sizes from our parents, there is often a mismatch, resulting in crowding or spacing between the teeth, says Dr. Modi.

Wisdom teeth are frequently impacted in the jawbone because modern jaws are unable to accommodate them. The third molars appear in the mouth at the age of 18, when wisdom is apparently attained, and are thus known as Wisdom Teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth frequently cause underlying gum infection, necessitating their removal.

Myths about Wisdom Teeth 

Common Myths about Wisdom Teeth

Here are some myths and facts related to wisdom teeth that everyone must know of. This would not allow people to fall for them and get the right dental aid when required.

Myth #1 Wisdom teeth must be pulled in all cases

Fact- Most people believe that wisdom tooth must be extracted in every case, whereas this is false! As per Dr. Modi, if there is no pain, infection, or soft tissue disease, wisdom teeth that are encased in the jawbone (Impacted) can stay there indefinitely. A surgical extraction is only suggested for wisdom teeth that are infected or causing other types of discomfort. You need to see a dentist to check if wisdom tooth is causing any trouble to your oral health and then suggest a possible solution.

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Myth #2 Wisdom teeth are found in everyone's mouth

Fact- You must have heard from elders that everyone gets wisdom tooth at some point but in reality, it differs from one person to another. The number of individuals with erupted wisdom teeth is decreasing with each successive generation. Some people have all four wisdom teeth impacted, while others only have one or two. Some people don't have them at all.

Myth #3 Wisdom tooth extraction is a risky surgery that might cause eye injury

Fact- Have you ever heard someone telling you not to get your wisdom tooth extracted because of the complication? Well, this is not true. If your dentist has advised wisdom tooth extraction because either it is an infected or erupting slant that can cause damage to surrounding teeth and gums, you must get it done as soon as possible. Wisdom teeth removal is a surgical treatment with its own set of complications, although it can be done under local anaesthesia in a dental clinic. It has no negative effects on eyesight.

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Myth #4 Wisdom teeth erupt at the age of 18

Fact–Wisdom teeth are known for being extremely unpredictable. Even the most meticulous dentist will be unable to predict when the wisdom tooth will erupt in the mouth. Some wisdom teeth remain impacted for the rest of their lives and can only be seen on dental x-rays, while others emerge in the mouth during the second and fourth decades of life.

In addition to the above-listed myths, it is often heard that as opposed to its name, wisdom tooth removal causes wisdom to deteriorate! This is completely unscientific, and there's no evidence to back it up. Wisdom tooth eruption is a part of dental health and one must consider it for better oral health.

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