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Wisdom Teeth

Postby Ciwan » Fri Sep 19, 2008 10:01 pm

Hi Guys

Removing wisdom teeth (the third molars) has long been considered appropriate dental treatment, whether or not the teeth are causing trouble. I'm 22 and one of my wisdom teeth are surfacing (I don't know if that is the right word to use, but you all know what I mean :) ) ! lol it hurts like hell, but I am not touching it with my tongue, so that it doesn't bend and cause implications ! lol

My question is this, if Evolution by Natural Selection over time has kept this trait present within us homo sapiens, why do so many dentists remove the wisdom teeth even though they aren't causing major implications like inflammation or infection of the gums, gum and bone disease, damage to adjacent teeth and the development of cysts and tumours.

I would be very grateful if you can give me a good academic answer but with a language simple enough for me to understand.

Thank You ... I love this Forum :)
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Postby mith » Sat Sep 20, 2008 5:32 am

How long does it take to remove an unfavorable trait?
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Postby Ciwan » Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:25 am

Good point Mith :) Thank You

So are you saying this really is a bad trait that needs getting rid of ?

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Postby mith » Sat Sep 20, 2008 3:16 pm

I'm saying that if your trait affects reproductive rate it'll probably be got rid of faster. Otherwise it's more of a neutral trait or a minor annoyance.
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Re: Wisdom Teeth

Postby Ciwan » Sun Sep 21, 2008 11:14 am

that still leave me wondering ..

should I take them out or leave them !!

they do hurt a lot, but I'm willing to accept the pain ! IF pain is gonna be the only thing they'll cause !

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Re: Wisdom Teeth

Postby canalon » Sun Sep 21, 2008 2:31 pm

Ciwan wrote:that still leave me wondering ..

should I take them out or leave them !!

they do hurt a lot, but I'm willing to accept the pain ! IF pain is gonna be the only thing they'll cause !

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They are not necessary, neither is the pain. If you can afford to have them removed, I would say, go for it. I think that if the jaw is too short to accomodate them they can push the other teeth and cause even more nuisance, but I am not 100% sure of that. Hey! crooked teeth might negatively affect your fitness, so if you keep them, you might improve the gene pool but at the price of your genes ;-)
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Postby Ciwan » Sun Sep 21, 2008 7:17 pm

lol ok :)

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