How Many Wisdom Teeth Do You Get?


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Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Most adults get four wisdom teeth, although some do get more, and some get none at all. When people have more than four wisdom teeth the extra teeth are known as supernumerary teeth

The wisdom teeth are the third molars on both sides of the mouth, top and bottom. The teeth can cause great pain when developing and can also cause severe toothache in the other teeth when coming through. At times, the teeth can also cross over existing teeth, and this usually leads to them being taken out. The crossing of the wisdom teeth over other teeth is known as impaction.

The most common form of impaction is when the tooth juts out towards the front of the mouth, and can be difficult to extract. Wisdom teeth can cause major problems when impaction occurs, and it is not uncommon for cysts and tumors to occur. Older patients can suffer more with these complaints and there is a small possibility that tumors can be malignant.

A person with 4 wisdom teeth will have what is known as a full set of teeth. A full set of teeth totals 32. These 32 teeth are broken down as follows;

• 16 in the upper jaw (maxilla)
• 16 in the lower jaw (mandible)

There are four types of teeth; these are incisors, canines, premolars and molars. The mouth consists of;

• 4 upper incisors
• 4 lower incisors
• 4 canine teeth (2 upper and 2 lower)
• 8 premolar teeth (4 upper and 4 lower)
• 8 molars (4 upper and 4 lower) plus 4 additional wisdom teeth, also termed molars
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
"Wisdom teeth" are the four molars that arrive last, which is why they became called that in the first place; they were in older times believed to come at the age when the child (young adult) was coming into more wisdom in their youth.

Many people have some or all of their wisdom teeth extracted, because they are the later arriving molars that are not needed and can cause crowding problems with the other teeth. When these molars have not yet emerged, they're called "impacted". These molars may be removed either after their emergence or before they have fully emerged from the gum. I and many other people I know have had their wisdom teeth removed. It was no big deal really(*personally). It is like having any other tooth pulled-- and even though it's a drudgery to go through dental procedures, it is generally better to have them removed than to suffer the issues with overcrowding which can impact your whole mouth and bite/chewing. Your dentist/orthodontist will know best and be able to recommend if you should or need not have them removed.
frances SHEPPARD Profile
Only 4, and they do frequently have to be removed, but don't worry your orthodontist should be able to make sure it doesn't mess up your teeth. My son got his after his braces came off and so far they haven't caused any problems. Good luck
Cait Penn Profile
Cait Penn answered
You have 4. They were useful before modern dentistry, because one would loose a few teeth due to poor hygiene, and the wisdom teeth would grow later to replace some of the lost teeth. Now we don't need them, so they usually have to be removed. Don't worry about it so much. A TON of people have these things removed (I'm getting mine done in a few months). My little brother just had his taken out. He was in pain for a few hours afterward and couldn't eat solid food for a week, but other than that, he was ok. It's a very simple outpatient procedure. You'll be just fine hun! Besides, you're only 15. Try being in your twenties and having to get braces because these things screwed your mouth up... Yeah... Not so good.
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Nice Guy answered
Sometimes there is a dull ache in the very back of the molars. The teeth first erupt as tiny white peaks before more of the tooth becomes visible. If you get regular dental checkups, a dentist can determine if indeed they are coming in.

Back in my day health professionals removed a lot of things. Typically a baby boy was circumcised as a matter of routine. Children often had their tonsils removed if there was any throat pain. If you were under any orthodontic work, wisdom teeth got yanked. I do not know if wisdom teeth removal is as common as it was 35 years ago, but apparently there are reasons to do the procedure.

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