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What are you familiar with concerning the history of wisdom teeth? Have they ever had a purpose? When did we first start evolving them? Find out the answers to these questions and more by reading this post we’ve put together about the history of wisdom teeth. If you have any additional questions about wisdom teeth, we’d be thrilled to answer them on your next checkup to our office.

About 100 million years ago, humans walked on all fours and had big jaws. As it turns out, this vast jaw could fit 32 chompers easily; we still have up to 32 pearly whites today, but the wisdom teeth either don’t erupt or need to be removed if they do because they may complicate breathing and other central human processes. Our ancestors utilized the four wisdom teeth to chew and grind leaves and roots. But after a mutation made smaller jaws, brains started growing bigger and mankind began cooking and using cooking tools such as fire to soften food, making the third molars less necessary. Or at least that’s how scientists believe it took place!

Get in touch with the Provo, Utah, Robinson Wolfgramm Dental team at 801-373-2060 to pencil in your appointment with our dentists, Drs. Robinson, Robinson, and Wolfgramm. We’ll help you get the smile you want.