Do All Humans Have Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are often removed during the high school years because they can cause problems in adulthood. But do all humans have them?

Wisdom teeth are the third molars in the back of the mouth. They are so named because they are the last teeth to come in (between the ages of 17 and 25). These teeth can cause complications like infection, pain, and crowding – among others. Many people choose to have them removed for this reason. However, not all humans have them. For some, they never fully emerge, leaving them with only two molars in the back of the mouth.


The evolution of wisdom teeth is still being researched. These teeth were most likely not a redundant evolutionary feature. For our early ancestors, it is believed that they served an important purpose, like crunching down on tougher foods such as roots and raw meat. Although their use may have changed over time, wisdom teeth are still a factor in our overall health. So, if you’re having problems with your wisdom teeth, it’s important to see a dentist.

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Are they necessary?

When wisdom teeth do not erupt properly, they can become impacted. This leads to infection, pain, and other complications. For these reasons, wisdom teeth may need to be removed. While there is no consensus on whether wisdom teeth are necessary, many people believe they are essential for chewing. On the other hand, some maintain that they are not necessary and simply cause problems.

Final thoughts

To summarize, wisdom teeth are not always necessary, but they still play a role in our lives. Once they emerge, they can cause pain, infection, and other problems, so be sure to keep them clean and healthy. If you are experiencing problems with your wisdom teeth, see a dentist right away.

At Eastern Virginia Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we specialize in wisdom tooth extraction. More importantly, your safety and comfort are our priority. To schedule an appointment at either of our offices in Virginia Beach or Norfolk, call us today!