Why do we Have Wisdom Teeth?


Few will give wisdom teeth a thought, until they become a teen or young adult. For few persons between the ages of 17-25, the age when some say we become wiser, wisdom teeth come in just fine or not at all. However for most, these molars negatively impact teeth alignment, impact the gums, and are even vulnerable to disease. For overall dental health, wisdom teeth are often extracted by professional.

So why do we have wisdom teeth to begin with? Let’s take a look at the history and how you can have your wisdom teeth removed to benefit your oral health.


Most experts look to the past for the reason behind wisdom teeth, our third set of molars, due to food selection and availability. Foods like leads, roots, nuts, and meat are difficult to chew otherwise, especially in time periods long before food processors, silverware, and luxuries we have today. As time evolves and society too, the structures of our jaws no longer make room for wisdom teeth and their large roots, which leads to the crowding and infection-prone misalignment.

“Today,” Scienceline notes, “evolutionary biologists now classify wisdom teeth as vestigial organs, or body parts that have become functionless due to evolution.”

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth removal at Highland Oaks Family Dental is a common procedure, and best done sooner rather than later. “The earlier our dentists have a chance to look at the wisdom teeth,” says the Keller dental care team, “and remove them while they’re still in the early stages of coming through, the better.” It can be frightening to consider surgery but please, rest assured. Highland Oaks Family Dentistry offers many comfort options to calm and relax before surgery.

Make an Appointment!

If you’ve any questions regarding your wisdom teeth, a simple cleaning, family care or to make an appointment, please call us at (817) 783-4099. We look forward to hearing from you soon!