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wnylib

(21,841 posts)
Fri Apr 21, 2023, 12:39 PM Apr 2023

How many people have had wisdom teeth versus those who never had them?

I never got any wisdom teeth (my excuse for foolish mistakes). My dentist told me that the evolutionary trend is to not have wisdom teeth. They are a "dying" feature of human anatomy, according to him.


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Never had wisdom teeth.
7 (20%)
Had wisdom teeth
28 (80%)
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How many people have had wisdom teeth versus those who never had them? (Original Post) wnylib Apr 2023 OP
I still have mine. Never had any problems. dameatball Apr 2023 #1
You are lucky! 50 Shades Of Blue Apr 2023 #2
Still have them. Not fully erupted, though. Dale in Laurel MD Apr 2023 #3
Had 'em, and lost 'em. rsdsharp Apr 2023 #4
Only 3 of them came in. Niagara Apr 2023 #5
I have all of mine, still in my mouth mike_c Apr 2023 #6
Had all 4 taken out at once when I was 30. It wasn't THAT bad. yonder Apr 2023 #7
I don't believe you'll find anyone who "never" had wisdom teeth. Fla Dem Apr 2023 #8
It's genetic. Some people never get wisdom teeth. wnylib Apr 2023 #11
Live and learn. Thanks for the information! Fla Dem Apr 2023 #13
Never had them MissB Apr 2023 #17
I not only had wisdom teeth, but I still have 2 teeth in the roof of my mouth above my front teeth beaglelover Apr 2023 #9
Cut Out Long Ago ProfessorGAC Apr 2023 #10
had them, had three pulled. BlueWaveNeverEnd Apr 2023 #12
Still got all 4, snot Apr 2023 #14
Had 3 taken out and one bud that never developed n/t TexasBushwhacker Apr 2023 #15
I had three pulled GenThePerservering Apr 2023 #16
My dentist told me that my wisdom teeth are there and that I could still get them Rhiannon12866 Apr 2023 #18

Niagara

(7,794 posts)
5. Only 3 of them came in.
Fri Apr 21, 2023, 01:14 PM
Apr 2023

I had to have 2 bottom wisdom teeth removed due to having short roots and I could move them with my tongue.


My right top wisdom tooth had to be extracted due to a cavity. I didn't need it, so it wasn't missed.


My top left never came in.

mike_c

(36,281 posts)
6. I have all of mine, still in my mouth
Fri Apr 21, 2023, 01:55 PM
Apr 2023

I'd lost three back molars by my mid-thirties though, giving my wisdom teeth some room to move.

yonder

(9,689 posts)
7. Had all 4 taken out at once when I was 30. It wasn't THAT bad.
Fri Apr 21, 2023, 02:46 PM
Apr 2023

The dentist only wanted to do one side at a time. He also didn't want to let me take them home. I had plans to make some weird art with them before deciding that was too creepy. They're still rattling around in the house here someplace, looking for a purpose. Any ideas?

Fla Dem

(23,944 posts)
8. I don't believe you'll find anyone who "never" had wisdom teeth.
Fri Apr 21, 2023, 02:47 PM
Apr 2023
What age do the wisdom teeth come in?

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that grow in on both sides of the mouth, top and bottom. They usually erupt when a person is between the ages of 17 to 21 – when they are perhaps a little “wiser” than when the majority of their adult teeth previously arrived. Jun 4, 2020


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279590/#:~:text=Wisdom%20teeth%20are%20usually%20only,and%20may%20cause%20side%20effects.

Some wisdom teeth may become impacted because there isn't enough room in the jaw to break through. I had mine removed, not because they were causing a problem, but I think at the time it was the general approach and my dentist advised I should have them remove BEFORE they caused a problem.

wnylib

(21,841 posts)
11. It's genetic. Some people never get wisdom teeth.
Fri Apr 21, 2023, 05:58 PM
Apr 2023

It's not a case of them just not erupting. Some people - I'm one of them - never had any 3rd set of molars to erupt.

Among the indigenous people of Mexico, 100% of them do not get wisdom teeth. The lack of wisdom teeth is more common in Asia and among indigenous people of the Americas. It's due to the PAX9 gene.

https://www.trilliumdental.ca/facts-about-wisdom-teeth/#:~:text=This%20might%20become%20a%20point,African%20peoples%20develop%20wisdom%20teeth.



MissB

(15,814 posts)
17. Never had them
Sat Apr 22, 2023, 12:30 AM
Apr 2023

One of my kids had them but the other only had 2. I blame Dh.

I also had four baby teeth that didn’t come out because there were no adult teeth underneath. They loosened up substantially when I became pregnant with my oldest.

beaglelover

(3,514 posts)
9. I not only had wisdom teeth, but I still have 2 teeth in the roof of my mouth above my front teeth
Fri Apr 21, 2023, 04:34 PM
Apr 2023

which will never come in, but they are there. They have casued many a sinus infection over the years. I have no idea why I was blessed with them but it is what it is.

ProfessorGAC

(65,535 posts)
10. Cut Out Long Ago
Fri Apr 21, 2023, 05:19 PM
Apr 2023

I was 25 or so. Was having recurring infections that was affecting my singing voice.
Three were impacted. One came out 1-2-3.
The other 3 took over 2 hours. Of course, I was out under the full anesthesia.
The actually had to unhook my jaw to get the bottom left out. Hurt like heck for 3 days.
By a week (stitches removed), it was nothing.
No real regrets because the throat problems went away.
Perhaps my only possible regret was waiting too long and letting my bottom front teeth get pushed around.

GenThePerservering

(1,915 posts)
16. I had three pulled
Sat Apr 22, 2023, 12:18 AM
Apr 2023

no room in my mouth for them. The dentist gave me novocaine and just yanked them but it was an ordeal because two had hooked roots. But he gave me a great deal on the bill because I paid up front all at once so I didn't complain too much.

They serve a purpose - my husband lost four of his back molars when he was young - no dental care and they were rotten and had to be pulled. His wisdom teeth came in and filled in the gap.

Rhiannon12866

(207,308 posts)
18. My dentist told me that my wisdom teeth are there and that I could still get them
Sat Apr 22, 2023, 01:04 AM
Apr 2023

So one finally came in back in November, but it got infected and was quite painful, so I had to have it extracted.

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