Wisdom teeth are the third & last molars on each side of both jaws. For various people, wisdom teeth may develop in smoothly – or not at all. For others, wisdom teeth can feel a little like party crashers, showing up late and causing troubles.
Ever wondered why people grow wisdom teeth especially so long after the rest of their adult teeth come through? It all comes down to evolution. Our early ancestors needed those extra back molars to grind tough foods, such as stems and bark. However, we don’t need them now we eat a different array of foods, and have evolved to use tools and utensils to process them. In the meantime though, our jaws have evolved to be smaller, but we haven’t evolved to not grow the extra teeth, meaning wisdom teeth will try to grow even when there’s no room for them.