Why do we have wisdom teeth?

Our adolescent patients are often anxious about wisdom teeth.  Family members and peers share stories of what happened to their wisdom teeth.

Often these stories create more questions.  Why do so many people need to have them removed?  Does everyone need to have them removed?  What will happen to my wisdom teeth?  And why are wisdom teeth even a thing?  Why do we have them?

The answer to these questions and more can be found in the video below from the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

Why do we have wisdom teeth? from Tufts University on Vimeo.

If you have questions or concerns about wisdom teeth, make sure to ask at your next appointment.  If you don’t want to wait that long, call our office today and a member of our team will help you.


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Since 1972, Salem Pediatric Dental & Orthodontic Associates has provided comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence including those with special health care needs. We proudly serve the communities of Salem, Lynn, Peabody, Danvers, Marblehead, Swampscott, Beverly, and many more.
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