Widom Tooth.. where is the wisdom?

@chechuva (1276)
Philippines
April 24, 2008 8:56pm CST
my wisdom tooth is aching.. and im nearly crying in pain. why does it need to be this painful?and im wondering why it is called "Wisdom Tooth?" what's the wisdom with all this pain?
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@dancinman (119)
• United States
25 Apr 08
well you may want to go see a dentist to have that ole tooth out as it is one of the last teeth to come in when you are in your teens or twentys, which is how it gets its name . you have to be almost an adult so the wisdom part. it also may be impacted , like mine were!
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• United States
25 Apr 08
I have to agree with you there. I have often wondered those teeth are called wisdom teeth. The name they are given makes no sense at all. I hope your tooth eases up for you. It can be really hard when any tooth is bothering you but a wisdom tooth seems to be the worse. Hey here is a interesting thing about wisdom teeth. I went to the search engine on yahoo and this is what it says about why wisdom teeth have this name. WHAT ARE WISDOM TEETH? Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop and appear in the mouth. They are called "wisdom teeth" because they usually appear during a person’s late teens or early twenties, which has been called the "age of wisdom." The normal position of wisdom teeth is behind the upper and lower second, or 12-year, molars. Many times the jaws of modern humans are not normally large enough to accommodate the four wisdom teeth. This is why wisdom teeth cause more problems than any other teeth in the mouth. In fact, for nine out of ten people at least one wisdom tooth remains underneath the gum due to lack of space in the mouth. A wisdom tooth usually appears as the last tooth behind the upper and lower second molars during a person's late teens or early twenties. When a wisdom tooth is blocked form erupting or coming into the mouth normally it is termed "impacted". I found this very interesting since I had wondered how they came up with the name for these particular teeth.
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• United States
25 Apr 08
it's probably because it doesn't usually erupt til you're of adult age.i had all mine pulled out at 19 they made me miserable too.
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@julyteen (13265)
• Davao, Philippines
28 Apr 08
i don't know it is called wisdom teeth. but the meaning of it: Wisdom teeth are the third molars that usually appear between the ages of 16 and 24. They are commonly extracted when they affect other teeth—this impaction is colloquially known as "coming in sideways." Most people have four wisdom teeth, but it is possible to have more or fewer. Absence of one or more wisdom teeth is an example of hypodontia. Any extra teeth are referred to as supernumerary teeth.
@stephcjh (32386)
• United States
26 Apr 08
I know how you feel. My wisdom teeth hurt me back when I was a teenager and I could not stand the pain from it. I had all of them pulled out. I miss having them to eat my food with but I am glad that the pain is gone also. I don't know why they call them wisdom teeth other than it takes alot of wisdom to endure the pain that comes with them.
@maximax8 (27053)
25 Apr 08
In the past when good dental care wasn't available people often lost many of their teeth by the time they reached the age of 30. Nowadays with dentists helping people to have healthy teeth and repair any damage this is not so anymore. I think that wisdom justs means older and I think that pain or sore more a more appropriate ways to describe a wisdom tooth coming through. I have got my first wisdom tooth and it took a few years of growing on and off to come through. It only just fits and doesn't hurt anymore. However for a while now I have had the bother of the other sides wisdom tooth coming through. The area around it is sore and tender most of the time. There is no more space so I hope that it will stop growing. My dentist would gladly take it out but I am not so keen on doing this.
• Canada
25 Apr 08
All of my wisdom teeth are growing in at the same time, and they're all driving me absolutely nuts!!! I don't know what the big deal is with wisdom teeth, and why they are called that. Good question. Where's the freaking wisdom, and why do they hurt so much?