Sunday, January 13, 2008

Why do wisdom teeth emerge later than other teeth?

Third molars or wisdom teeth usually do not appear until after the age of 17 because until there is not enough room in the jaw to allow their growth.

Sometimes, even in adulthood, there is not enough room for third molars, which is why many people have them removed. Indeed, only a minorities of the population have properly developed third molars in good alignment.